Social Studies

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Going back to school is about a lot more than backpacks, lunch boxes, and new outfits. It’s also more than reading, writing, and arithmetic. Just as core to an education is the social emotional learning that gets kids ready to face the world outside of the classroom. All the rich, nuanced, tough, essential human stuff that doesn’t appear on any curriculum — and that falls squarely on parents to teach. So where to start? With gear that supports kids and puts parents at ease, with a fool-proof time management plan, with a healthy sense of teacher communication, and an appreciation of play. Here’s Social Studies: an unconventional, holistic, and, we hope, helpful guide for parents getting ready to tackle a new school year.