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Bond over books "For children up to the second grade, repetition is important," said Heather Hazen, reading specialist for the Mineola School District. "It helps build reading fluency and familiarity with words. As you talk about pictures, it helps build comprehension and allows for some discussion."(Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile)

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30 tips for a successful school year

For many parents, back-to-school means homework, packing lunches, a return to extracurricular activities and more. And after a long summer break, getting your kids back into a routine can be a challenge. If you ever wanted to glean insight into how your kids can succeed, you're in luck -- we went straight to the source. Here, 30 tips from Long Island teachers and administration to help your kids (and you) have a successful school year. -Compiled by Jennifer Berger