15+ Back to School Prep Picks by Educators

back to school guide by educators

We all get a little anxious when it’s time to go back to school. If you’re a parent who wants to ease your child’s back to school anxiety, educators recommend that you equip your child with confidence in their academic skills. How? Here’s a list of 15+ back to school resources that are hand-picked by educators. Use these resources to review, practice, and strengthen your child’s academic skills before school starts.

Educators in the Educents community have hand-selected their top resources parents can use to prepare for back to school.

Feelings Pack

curiosity-pack_feelings_main_ee85Pre-K to 1st Grade

A key part of heading back-to-school is building social and emotional literacy skills. This pack is full of fun activities that help kids identify and deal with big feelings by practicing key calm-down strategies.



Special Needs

The Toobaloo is a phone-like device that allows children to hear themselves clearly while speaking softly into it. The design of the Toobaloo magnifies their voice allowing them to listen more clearly to their reading rate, phrasing and expression.

Homeschool Complete

Kindergarten to 1st Grade

Homeschool Complete is an all-inclusive curriculum that integrates all subject areas within thematic units with a biblical worldview. The unit themes appeal to children and provide activities for all learning styles. The program is easy for the parent to follow, and contains everything you need for a complete program.

Character is Higher than Intellect

1st to 8th Grade

This curriculum will help your children build strong value structures by learning about self-discipline, responsible behavior, honesty to self and others, and a reverence for life that will enable them to become happy, well-adjusted, contributing adults.


Beginner Physical Education

Kinder to 6th Grade

Every family needs Physical Education. This downloadable program includes over 250 pre-planned lessons. Once you start this program it will be the first thing your children will ask to do every day.




Beethoven Who? Family Fun with Music

3rd to 10th Grade

Looking for a music appreciation course for the whole family? Can’t read music yourself? Music CDs too expensive? Beethoven Who? Family Fun with Music was written just for you! Classical, sacred, folk, and patriotic selections are all online. Illustrated, glossary, index, games. Whole family or as elective. 332 pages.


Sight Word Cut-and-Glue Sentences

Kinder to 1st Grade

This engaging, hands-on resource helps students work on sight words, grammar, and punctuation. It includes 51 scrambled sentences and covers over 100 Dolch sight words!




Math Intro Kit with Learning Wrap Ups

1st to 4th Grade

This amazing kit makes math fun! It includes one set of each basic math set, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, and Fractions. It also comes with the corresponding music CDs “Wrap-up Rap.” You’ll receive a teacher’s gude with ideas, activities, charts and award certificates. Perfect for teachers, parents, homeschoolers, and tutors!

Analytical Grammar

6th to 10th Grade

Analytical Grammar teaches English grammar, punctuation, and usage. It is designed to be taught in three grammar “seasons” over three years; however, it can be adapted to shorter schedules. This innovative and logical method is not only extremely effective, but makes learning grammar fun for all types of students.


Ocean First Education: Our Impact on the Ocean

9th to 12th Grade

Although vast, the ocean has limits. Learn what they are and what you can do, no matter where you are, to improve the health of our oceans through this online course. Complete this short course independently or as part of your current ecology, environmental science, or biology course.

For the Love of ACT Science

10th to 12th Grade

In this fun and easy-to-read book, test prep science guru Michael Cerro walks readers through the key pillars of the scientific method. He includes essential teaching moments on every page and makes the ACT Science section seem so simple that students might even have fun doing it!



Multiplication and Division Story Cards

2nd to 4th Grade


This is the fast, fun and easy way to memorize multiplication and division facts. Look at 7 x 9 = 63. Seven is a boy named Kevin and 9 is Nina the porcupine. They went for a walk, looking for a tree to climb and found one. It was covered in sap, so it was a “sticky tree” which rhymes with 63. See how easy it is?


Back to School Math Activities

4th to 7th Grade

This Mega Math Fun Bundle contains 14+ products and is great for start of year fun math activities! It will have your students enjoying math throughout the year. It includes; CSI math booklets, mystery pictures, math games, hidden messages, math orienteering, math stories and more.

Rainbow Math Games

Pre-K to 4th Grade

Rainbow Math is an exciting way for children to learn or reinforce basic math skills from identifying colors and shapes to adding and subtracting to multiplying and dividing, and much more! Each of the three colorful games targets appropriate skills for each level and engages young minds. Have fun!

Math Galaxy Fraction Riddles eBook Bundle

3rd to 6th Grade


The reviews speak for themselves!

“The excitement the entire concept held for my fourth grader was wonderful as he excitedly completed problems in order to solve the riddle.”
“The number of worksheets is mind boggling.” (350 worksheets, 717 pages)
“We loved the benefits of printing worksheets to address specific needs for each of our children.”

Owl Eyes Lesson Plan Bundle

9th to 12th Grade

Each of these lessons focus on promoting meaningful interaction, analytical skills, and student-centered activities. This bundle features five premium 60-minute lesson plans on various Common Core-aligned texts and subjects that will easily help you transition back to the classroom!


Summer Olympics Fun Pack

Kindergarten to 5th Grade

This product was designed to be used as a fun way to capitalize on the educational value of the 2016 Summer Olympics! Using this worldwide current event as a point of interest, your kids will have fun while reading, writing and even doing math! This 100 page pack is designed in such a way that you can pick and choose what you use as is appropriate for your kids. Many pieces were designed so you can differentiate for various levels/ages of kids as well as cater to various learning styles.


Animal Action – Charades Game

Pre-K to 2nd Grade

Each of these 25 wooden coins contains a hand drawn animal and an associated animal action phrase (ie. hop like a bunnny). Sturdy enough for toddlers, and great for learning through play on the go. One of Mama May i’s most popular educational toy for ages 2 and up.



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