Archives For Back-to-School

9 Healthy School Snack Ideas - dsm4kids.com

As the new school year begins, yet another thing to add to the to do list is the daily school snack.  No matter if you’re sending a snack for the whole class or an individual child, it’s easy to get into a snack slump.  Add in the rules…the snack must be healthy and nut free, which means the teacher will need to see the nutrition label, so nothing homemade, it can be downright challenging to come up with fresh ideas. No worries, we’ve found nine school snacks that are EASY, healthy and you can feel good about sending to school with your kiddo. Continue Reading…

Extracurriculars Your Kids May Not Have Tried Yet in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Looking for an extra-curricular activity for your budding artist, fencer or ninja warrior? Check out these five classes that go beyond ballet and basketball to offer Des Moines youth unique opportunities. From toddlers to teenagers this list of extraordinary activities will add fun and learning to your family’s weekly routine. Continue Reading…

After-School Activities 4 Kids in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Are you looking for fun after-school activities for your kids in the Des Moines area? Whether you live in Ankeny, West Des Moines, Altoona, Urbandale or beyond, you’re sure to find some extracurricular fun. Browse through our list below for a few ideas, which is divided into Arts and Academics, Clubs and Organizations and Sports and Recreation programs. Whether your kids want to learn a new sport like gymnastics or tennis or a skill like chess or art, there’s a little something for everyone!   Continue Reading…

Transitioning to Middle School - dsm4kids.com

Middle school can be tough on both parents and kids. Not only are kids moving on to new schools with older students, but they also are going through physical and emotional development that, at times, can seem overwhelming. If you’re a parent facing middle school with your child, like myself, you and your child may have some concerns. But, if you both come to the table organized and prepared, the transition to middle school won’t be so bad (fingers crossed:).  Continue Reading…

Back-To-School Survival Guide - dsm4kids.com

Transitions are never easy.  As a mom of two, I know firsthand that the new school year brings a mixed bag of excitement and anxiety.  Part of me is ready to get back on a schedule and not hear kids arguing for the fifth or sixth time today.  The other part of me loves summer and doesn’t really want it to come to an end.  To make the Back-To-School transition a little easier, it’s definitely a good idea to be prepared for it.  Here’s your survival guide to make the new school year go off without a hitch! Continue Reading…

2017 FREE Back-To-School Supplies and Fun Events in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

As we prepare for the 2017-18 school year, it would be awesome if every child in the Des Moines area was fully prepared when they return to school in the fall!!!  If you need assistance gathering your child’s school supplies or if they need a health screening, these events in the Des Moines metro area can help! If you’d like to lend a hand to students in need this school year, please contact one of the organizations listed below. Continue Reading…

7 Fun & EASY Back-To-School Traditions - dsm4kids.com

Now that it’s August, we’ve only got a few weeks left before the kiddos head Back-To-School.  I don’t know about you, but this time of year is always a little bitter sweet for me.  By this time in the summer, I’m ready to get back on a set schedule.  At the same time, summer is my favorite season and I will miss the laid back, endless days it allows.  I love the idea of establishing a few special back-to-school traditions to start the year off on a positive note.  Here’s a few fun and EASY Back-To-School traditions to help you celebrate the new school year with your kids.  Continue Reading…

7 Highly Effective Study Tips for the New School Year - dsm4kids.com

It’s that time of year again. Soon we’ll be trading pool days for school days and once the newness of the first few days of school wears off, it will be time to get down to business. The start of the new school year is a chance to help your kids be better organized, study more, manage their time better and put in a little more effort. By adapting Stephen R. Covey’s bestseller for business success, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, you and your kids will be on track for a productive and learning-filled school year.  Continue Reading…

Back-To-School: 5 Tips for No-Stress Mornings - dsm4kids.com

With the first day of school only a few weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about getting back into a morning routine.  You know…how you get your family out of the house on time, happy and prepared to face the day?!? ?  If your family is anything like ours, this is not an easy task, especially those first few days back.  Here are five tips on how to make it happen at your house. Continue Reading…

Neighborhood Back To School Party & Printables – dsm4kids.com

Get the kids and all of the families in your neighborhood excited about back to school time with a Back to School party. Hosting a party this time of year among all the back to school hubbub may be the last thing you want to do.  But it’s a great way to reconnect and kick off the new school year.  Our neighborhood holds an annual back to school party the week or so before school starts and the kids look forward to it every year.  Here are a few quick tips and fabulous ideas that will help you pull together a super simple neighborhood Back to School party. Continue Reading…

Back to School Woes - dsm4kids.com

Back to School Woes

Yesterday we found out who our kids’ teachers will be for the upcoming school year.  So, like any modern Mom, I started texting my kids’ friends’ parents to find out who got who for a teacher.  After texting a few of my son’s buddies we learned that none of his close friends will be in his class this year. It’s not shocking that this happened. Over the course of their educational career, your child may eventually find themselves in a class without their close friends. It’s normal for them to initially feel a little sad and anxious about this, so how should we as parents handle it? Continue Reading…

How to be the Best CEO for your Family - dsm4kids.com

By Jordan Riggenbach

It’s time for your promotion to CEO. I’m not talking about becoming a Chief Executive Officer but rather stepping into the coveted role of Chief Education Officer for your family. At Sylvan Learning of Greater Des Moines, we’re encouraging parents to become their family’s Chief Education Officer by taking an active role in their child’s education and working to put him or her on the pathway to academic success. It’s not always an easy job but it is certainly one of the most important roles a parent can have. Continue Reading…