Back to School
August 18, 2012 • By M. J. Maynard
The summer is almost over, and many of you are getting children ready for a new school year. Perhaps you are sending some off on a new adventure to preschool, kindergarten, or first grade. It's hard as a parent to watch your child take this step from "little kid" to "bigger kid," but it is possible to embrace this part of their development with joy. A growing child who gains increasing independence is something to celebrate!
From a teacher's point-of-view, here are a few tips that will make the school year easier for everyone:
The basics of healthy living make it much easier to do well in school. Good nutrition, exercise, and plenty of sleep have a good payoff. The school day is long and hard for young children, and it is much easier to cope when they are energized and feel well.
A little review each night brings a big yield. It's better to go over items like sight words and spelling lists in short sessions.
Keep life in balance. We are all guilty of trying to put too much into a day. We want out kids to have the best of life experiences, but too many activities are overwhelming for a young child. Extra-curriculars are great, but save some time for playing and relaxing at home too.
Whether you are sending a child out to school, or teaching them at home, it is my prayer that this will be a wonderful, productive year for all of you.
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