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Back to School: 10 Tips for a Smooth Start

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Drive the Bus Route


A bus ride can be a scary experience, especially for a small child. The bus driver is a stranger, and some kids are too small to see out the window, making it hard for them to know if they are at the right stop. It's easy to see why the bus can be the most nerve-wracking part of a new school year.

Drive the bus route with your child a few times before her first bus ride. Point out landmarks, time how long the ride will take, and help her count the stops to and from school. It is also helpful to write down your child's bus number in her notebook in the event she gets confused and doesn't remember it herself.

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