Back To School Then & Now

So much has changed in the last hundred years for kids going back to school. Join CafeMom as we take you back to your school years and other decades and go through tips for today for your young scholars.


Back to School Gear

Get you and your student ready for the school year with these tips and games.


Kids Study Spot

Whether your kid is coming home from school or getting home-schooled, he or she needs a good study spot to read and do homework. Check out our slideshow of tips to set up your kid with a study spot.

School Lunches

  • Minimize Distractions
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    Minimize Distractions

    Try to establish it in a location that's as free from distractions as possible. Make sure it's out of the line of sight of televisions that might be on and windows outside of which friends may be playing.

  • Stock It With Supplies
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    Stock It With Supplies

    Make sure they have everything they need to do their work right there. Whether you use a desk organizer, baskets, or old plastic containers, make sure it's all right there to minimize any up and down and distractions along the way.

  • Make It Comfortable
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    Make It Comfortable

    As much as you're able, try to design the workspace to fit them. That means getting things like a chair and desk or table that are their size to make sure they're comfortable and hopefully less fidgety.

  • Get the Light Right
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    Get the Light Right

    The right amount of light can have a huge effect on mood and productivity. Be it natural or by way of a lamp, make sure there's plenty of it, but also that it's not too bright.

  • Make It Fun
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    Make It Fun

    You don't want to add distraction, but you do want to make the workspace as fun as possible. That may mean school supplies in their favorite colors or pictures of some of their favorite people framed on their desk. Letting them help pick out things and have input on the space is helpful too.

Back to School Mah Jongg Dimensions

Play this addictive 3D puzzle game to get ready for Back to School!

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