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Through the Year

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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