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A Special Advertising Section August 16, 2012

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Back to school trends 2012, a colorful fall By Sharon Mosley

Girls jump for joy this back to school season with colorful pants that mix and match with ruffled tees and hoodies.

t’s time to do your fashion homework. You can study up on some of the latest trends and make your shopping that much easier, according to Todd Christiansen, divisional merchandising manager for Lands’ End Kids.

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Check off that list with the lastest trends in school supplies

Strategies for safeguarding the family’s electronic devices

A checklist for the new school year

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Stay ahead of the class with great gear By Karen Bloom

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s summer wanes and the school bell gets ready to ring, the annual back to school shopping ritual is in full swing.

Tech talk Make sure your kids protect their electronic devices

Since we’re always watching our wallets these days, the goal is to shop wisely without putting too much of a dent in the bank account. Try these picks to go back to school in style without depleting your wallet.

Food for Thought

– Satisfy a hunger for knowledge with exclusive novelty-shaped apple and cupcake tape dispensers ($7). Note-taking is both sweet and savory with Sweets Die Cut Memo Books ($1) including colorful fruit and cupcake shapes, or indulge in grilled cheese and PB &J with Lunch Box Adhesive Notes ($2).

Love Your Locker – Stand out in style with this season’s hottest locker accessories. Shine instant glitz and much needed light with the Locker Chandelier ($16) that illuminates with seven LED lights. Decorate from top to bottom with Magnetic Locker Wallpaper (3 pack sheets $8.99) in fun and fashionable patterns or go retro with brightly colored Shag Rugs ($5.99)

A New Dimension

– Make a statement with products that pop, featuring 3D graphics. From the eye-catching 3D Poly Portfolios ($1.99) to 3D Notebooks ($3), these new twists on the basics add new depth to the classroom and are available in assorted designs.

Play Ball!

– It’s recess all day with this season’s cool tools. Mini Sports Ball Staplers ($3) let students kick or shoot their sheets together with compact designs in various ball shapes. For active students, the high- performance Reebok Z Series Backpack ($64.99) handles sports gear, textbooks, tech toys, school supplies and more.

Let Your Wild Side Shine

– Go on a school safari with zebra and leopard print tools, including the bold Compact Stapler ($5) that can attack up to 15 sheets of paper at a time. Keep notes organized with the sleek, lightweight Sustainable Earth Clipboard ($2) and Square Magnetic Clips ($2).

Colorful Collectors – Get organized in style with functional and fashionable exclusive designs such as a 2-Piece Mesh Zip Organizer ($3.99), the perfect way to carry forms, coupons and reports or the Printed Poly Zip Check Envelope ($1.99) with ultra-cool printed designs. Students can transport them all together with the easy-to-carry and fold Mini Poly Tote ($1).

Sweet, Sci-Fi, Sandy and Serene

– Be a trendsetter in everything from patterned binders to mix and match notebooks, pencil pouches, and other basics. Themes include Sugar Rush with vibrant candycolored hues, Graphic Fantastic showcasing a return to ‘80s sci-fi, Nantucket featuring breezy, floral patterns and Nomadic designs with earthy, tribal prints.

Fun, Fictional Flash Drives – From Homer and Bart to the Griffin family to Angry Birds, students can transport files with all their favorite characters with Sandisk Simpsons 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive ($14.99), EMTEC Angry Birds 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive ($14.99) and Sandisk Family Guy 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive ($14.99. Or take your files into the fast lane with Autodrive 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drives ($17.99) that feature Lamborghini, Mini cooper and other designs.

The technology used at school and at home by young people may be more expensive and sophisticated than in the past, but kids are still kids. That means you need to help your children make the most of their devices and protect their gear. Here are some things to consider before letting kids take their technology out of the house: Don’t opt for the most souped-up devices until you can trust your kids. Buy basic models first or buy used ones until your kids prove themselves responsible. Consider extended warranties for valuable tech items. Protective cases should be used whenever devices aren’t in use, especially when traveling to school and on family vacations. Save money and simplify with a universal case that allots for storage of cables and other accessories. For example, the iEssentials Universal Tablet Case Series works with the Apple iPad, Android based tablets, and all e-readers, including Kindle and Nook. This way, your child can use the case with any device – even those you haven’t yet bought! Instill great habits in your kids like never leaving devices in the car, especially during extreme weather. Teach children to lock devices in a safe place during the school day, and never to leave open drinks near tablets and e-readers. Get extra cables and chargers. Kids are prone to lose wires and accessories. To save money and time, choose a compact universal charger that works with all devices. For example, the DigiPower Cross-Brand Tablet Charger works on all USB-powered tablets from Apple, Samsung, HTC and BlackBerry. Such chargers are ideal for use on-the-go, so that active but potentially forgetful kids don’t end up with a low-battery dilemma! Impress upon your children the value of their gadgets with simple math. If they receive an allowance, calculate how long it would take them to save up enough to replace the device themselves. Or calculate the number of chocolate bars a gadget is equal to in cost. By putting it into terms they understand, they’ll be more likely to protect their technology. If traveling light is a priority for your child, go with a form-fitting case that can be used on any device. For instance, Travelocity Travel Tablet Cases fit all 7 to 8 inch and 9 to 10 inch tablet or e-reader models, have a thin design ideal for travel, but still provide extra cushioning. Appeal to children’s sense of individuality to entice them to always use protective cases on pricey devices. Let your kid guard that gadget with a stylish case with a snazzy design of his or her choosing.


Back to school social life By Diane Schlindwein

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eturning to classes after a school break brings with it all the excitement of reuniting with fellow students and making new friends.

However, it can also be an opportunity for “mean girls,” bullies and gossipmongers to make life miserable for their unfortunate victims. Because the first few weeks of classes can set the stage for the rest of the school year, it’s important to keep the lines of communication wide open once school résumés. Pay closer attention to your child’s mood, ask open-ended questions and check out Facebook activity. Whether your child seems to be happy or experiencing difficulty with peers, school counselor Beth LaFata says it never hurts to ask school experts about a child’s classroom social life. Utilizing the school counselor can help children transition through stages of development and ensure they are making smart choices every day. LaFata visits classrooms to discuss bullying prevention, peer pressure, building healthy friendships and confronting cliques. She recommends checking with your child’s school to see if counselors there follow the same procedures.

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(Think the classic preschool taunt, “You better do what I want or I won’t be your friend!”) The study’s co-author Craig Hart explains, “It could range from leaving someone out to telling friends not to play with someone.” LaFata believes in teaching girls to believe in themselves. “Girls need to build up their confidence so they can reach their full potential, New forms of communication have led to new ways embrace their own gifts of kids being mean to one another. and be confident in their While boys are known to physically bully own skin.” other children, girls can be equally cruel by The author of the website A Magical causing emotional pain. According to a Childhood, Alicia Bayer, suggests having girls Brigham Young University study, girls as build up good support systems by joining a young as 3 or 4 will use manipulative behavchurch club, Girl Scouts or taking a martial iors and peer pressure to get what they want. arts class.

When you choose to invite friends over to your home, try to avoid having uneven numbers of girls together, Bayer says. For example, if you have three girls together, two are more likely to pair up against one. If you want your child to be both liked and likable, experts suggest establishing a strong parent-child relationship, being empathetic, teaching kindness, encouraging socializing with other peers, and being a good role model. It’s no surprise that children practice what they experience. Many mean girls learn to domineer and manipulate because they see it at home, while boys might bully if they witness a father or older brother bullying others. If you want a child that is kind and sensitive to others, model kindness yourself and don’t gossip about others – and make sure that older siblings don’t do it either. And if you discover that a situation at school is negatively affecting your child, don’t be afraid to report it to the school authorities, LaFata says. They are the experts and will usually know just what to do. Remember, being popular may seem important, but your child needs to understand that the very best friendships are based on mutual affection and similar interests – not mean-spirited behavior.

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ll eyes have been focused on the Olympics this summer.

The Olympic spirit is all about sportsmanship, teamwork, and working the hardest to do your absolute best. You are supposed to physically peak at the right time for your event. You also need to see your best to be competitive as well. If you can’t see as well as the person competing opposite you, chances are you are not going to win. School is like the Olympics, in that 80 percent of learning comes from vision. If your child is not seeing as well as the child sitting next to them, they are not going to learn as well and can not be their best! A pediatric ophthalmologist should examine all children before they enter kindergarten. If they do need glasses they are many options. A qualified optician will treat each child as an individual, acknowledging his or her personal sense of style and fashion, helping him to select a frame that reflects his personality. Today’s frames come in all shapes, sizes colors and styles. Frame styles for children have evolved into a “cool� fashion statement. Nike, Vera Bradley, Disney, and new one, Lookochiali, are among the top designers catering to the children’s eyewear market. They often design mini versions of adult glasses because the younger children want to wear glasses similar to those of their parents. This year the more classic retro shapes with great colors are available in many different materials. You will find over 100 styles of frames, just for kids. Lens materials, as with frames, reflect today’s cutting-edge technology. The recommended materials – Polycarbonate and Trivex – are 10 times more impact resistant that regular plastic. This means that they are safer to wear. They are also lighter and thinner than plastic, and now come available in Transitions, a process that will automatically darken to a sunglass in direct sunlight. This is great for a child who needs to wear glasses all the time. A new process that makes the lens polarized, called Vantage, is now available (for adults as well as kids). Proper fitting is most important – for both children and adults. Frames should fit snug but should not be too tight. A qualified optician will take the time to talk to the parent and child to judge his interests and sports or hobbies so your child can be fitted with the most appropriate frames. For the very active, there is an entire line of frames that are truly unbreakable. Opticians strongly recommend that children not use regular eyeglasses when playing sports. For this purpose, sports goggles are best. They are made to a higher impact resistance standard, so in an incident of an object hitting the lens, nothing will get pushed

through to injure the eye. Most sports goggles are now made with the Transitions lens material. This allows the child to play at his best in both low light and strong sunlight without glare or strain. Seeing clearing is directly related to school performance, so make complete eye exam for school age children a mandatory part of your back to school preparations. If your child does need glasses, get her a pair she loves, so she will actually wear them and see well. Bruce Mirkin is an optician and owner of Accent on Eyes in Rockville Centre. In addition to a comprehensive selection of frames, Accent on Eyes is now also fitting contact lenses.

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Get organized and go to the head of the class A back to school checklist

But it’s easy to put off those preparations until the last minute, when you find yourself frantically throwing packs of No. 2 pencils in your cart. This year, why not try for a more organized approach? Here are some tips: Go through your child’s wardrobe. The end of summer marks the perfect time to have a fashion show. Have your child put on a fashion show, and note what items you will need to replace. Get rid of ill-fitting, ratty and never-worn items. Consider donating “gently used” pieces. Organize classroom supplies. When you receive your school’s supply list, don’t immediately run to the store. Look through what you bought last year – you may still have spare notebooks, pencils or binders that haven’t been used. All children will need a backpack. If your child’s due for a replacement, look for plenty of

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s summer winds down, thoughts turn to the school year.


Back to basics Set a good “learning example� at home

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s any parent knows, what you do and say has a direct inuence on your child – and your words and actions about learning and school are no exception.

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August 16, 2012 — NASSAU HERALD

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NASSAU HERALD — August 16, 2012

A clean slate Strategies for success that make the grade

Ginny Bean, mother of three and publisher of Ginny’s catalog, suggests families take advantage of this clean slate by establishing some new organizing routines. Think ahead. Mornings are chaotic in most households with school-aged children. Consider handling as many daytime preparations as possible the night before. Lay out clothes. Pack lunches. Set out the breakfast dishes and cereal. Pack backpacks. Bean suggests making systems kid-friendly, so young helpers can feel involved, and save mom some time in the process. “Carve out a spot on a lower shelf of the pantry for lunch boxes and lunch-making supplies. Then make children responsible for putting away their empty lunch boxes at the end of the school day, or even packing their own lunch.” Tackle school paperwork. Make a habit of sorting through children’s backpacks with them the same day they come home. Allot time after school, when you arrive home from work, or after dinner, depending on your family’s schedule. Use a tiered letter sorter or filing system with designated slots for each child’s papers,

and an “A.S.A.P.” space for teachers’ notes, permission slips and anything else that requires immediate attention. For schoolwork and artwork you want to keep, try a two-step approach. First, purge unwanted items as soon as they come in the door. Collect the possible keepers in a storage bin or wheeled cart with color-coded drawers that allow for easy separation by child or project type. Go through stored items at regular intervals, perhaps once a month or once a quarter. Keep in mind, the more you accumulate, the easier it will be to pare down, as the best pieces will stand out from the crowd. Designate a homework spot. Decide on the best spot in your home to set up homework central. Take into consideration how involved you need to be with homework and your child’s style. Does he focus better with people around or in a private setting? Is he better suited to sit at a desk or curled up in a favorite chair with a laptop cart? Once you have a place picked out, gather together handy homework tools and supplies into a nearby bin, drawer or cabinet. Stock up

on age-appropriate supplies such as pens, pencils, erasers, paper, crayons, markers, a ruler, dictionary, calculator and a pencil sharpener. Create a communication hub. Include the family calendar, a chalk or bulletin board for posting messages and reminders, a binder for key documents, colored markers, pens and pencils. If you’re a visual person, consider color coding your calendar by assigning each family member a different color. Remember not to forget. Use wall hooks and baskets or bins near the front door to corral the items you need to remember each day: backpacks, books, lunches, gym shoes, sports equipment and musical instruments.

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Back to school is an opportunity to reorganize your family routines.

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he start of a new school year is like a fresh box of crayons - full of possibilities.

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