4 Ways to Make the Grade

no place like school book!

It’s time to get your head out of the sand and focus on getting Junior ready for higher learning.

Set the Tone
The end of those halcyon days of ice cream cones and free play can be a bummer. Keep the kiddies upbeat with There’s No Place Like School (Barnes & Noble, 1972 Broadway, at 66th Street; 212-595-6859; $17). Rhymes about lunchtime, making friends, and bus rides will warm up even the most reticent preschooler.

Clean Up Their Act
Put an end to sun-fried tresses at LuLu’s Cuts & Toys (48 Fifth Avenue, at Bergen Street, Park Slope; 718-832-3732; haircuts start at $22), a salon and toy shop that features old-timey barber shop chairs and school supplies galore.

mini lunch notes!

Pack It Full of Love
Send them off in style with a Bobo Choses backpack (Estella, 493 Sixth Avenue, between 12th and 13th Streets; 212-255-3553; $55). The colorful cotton bags are perfect for carrying treasures, snacks, and personalized Mini Lunch Notes (Exit9 Gift Emporium, 64 Avenue A, between 4th and 5th Streets; 212-228-0145; $10) with short, on-point missives like “I love you. Eat up. XO, Mom.”

Stay One Step Ahead
Before the whole birthday party/doctors’ appointments/after-school programming chaos hits, set up a Blueleo calendar. It lets you track multiple kids’ schedules, so you can start the year off in an organized way.

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this week in new york!
Backporch Concert: Kiara Duran
A musical evening on the lawn.
Why: Duran’s pitch-perfect voice.
When: Wed., 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, 4881 Broadway, at 204th St., Inwood (212-304-9422). Admission is free.

Moving Through Art
What: Children ages 3-5 translate visual art into crazy poses, dances, music, and more.
Why: Get them thinking and moving creatively.
When: Fridays, 11 a.m.-noon.
Where: Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., at Seventh Ave. (212-620-5000). Children, $10.

Jack & the Beanstalk
This classic fairy tale comes to life through magical marionettes (ages 3 and up).
Why: A live giant sighting.
When: Sat. & Sun., 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.
Where: The Puppetworks, 338 Sixth Ave., at 4th St., Park Slope. Tickets at 718-965-3391. Adults, $8; children, $7.

Photos: Courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers; Courtesy of Chronicle Books

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Dyckman Farmhouse Museum
4881 Broadway
@ 204th St
New York, NY 10034
64 Ave A
bt 4th & 5th Sts
New York, NY 10009
48 5th Ave
@ Bergen St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Barnes & Noble
1972 Broadway
@ 66th St
New York, NY 10023
493 6th Ave
bt 12th & 13th Sts
New York, NY 10011
338 6th Ave
@ 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
150 W 17th St
@ 7th Ave
New York, NY 10011