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Back-to-School Support from AR PBS and PBS KIDS

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No matter our plans for the 2020-2021 school year, every family has lots of questions about what life will look like. Whether your children are returning physically to school, learning remotely or homeschooling, we and PBS KIDS have the resources that can help us work together to bolster our little ones’ feelings of confidence and security! Keep reading to find ways to create and practice routines, cope with anxiety and emotions, and new games and ways to learn at home.

Creating Routines

No matter what type of learning our littles are doing, routines are important. A good way to start is practice a daily routine. Check out resources — from articles and printables to games — and put a piece of strategy from Mama Tiger herself to use: “Before we start something new, let’s talk about what we’ll do!”

  • How to Support Your Child for a Very Different School Year
  • My Back-to-School Checklist
  • My Learn-at-Home Checklist
  • First Week of School Planner
  • The Power of Routines
  • My Bedtime - Free Game
  • Three Words that Reframe “How Was Your Day?”
  • Learning at Home

    If you’re learning at home, tips and resources are always in demand. Check out PBS KIDS’ remote learning collections for reading, simple science activities, preschool learning, setting your home learning environment up for success and more.

  • PBS KIDS Read
  • How to Make a New Home Routine
  • Preschool Learning at Home
  • Learning at Home: 5 Steps to Plan Your Day
  • Simple Science Activities
  • Eight Indoor Activities to Release Kids’ Energy
  • Going Back to School

    When kids are heading back — or for the first time! — to the classroom both you and they probably have lots of questions, in addition to concerns. Learn how to help your children with ways to cope with normal beginning-of-school-year worries and how to calm unique anxieties.

  • “You are Brave and Kind” - Helping Your Child Get Ready for a New School Year
  • Five Ways to Beat Back-to-School Jitters
  • How Mindfulness Can Help Kids (and Parents!) Weather Emotional Storms
  • Help Children Cope With Back-to-School Anxiety
  • How to Help Your Child Successfully Transition Back to School
  • Homeschooling

    Whether it’s your first year homeschooling or you’re all veterans, we and PBS Kids have the resources you need to get started and shake up your routines. There’s even content for the potential of reentering traditional schools.

  • Homeschooling: Tips for Getting Started
  • Part-Time Homeschooling
  • Socialization: Tackling Homeschooling’s “S” Word
  • Homeschooling Resource List
  • Combating Homeschool Burnout
  • Reentry: When Homeschool Students Enroll in Traditional Schools