August 2010 Archives

Getting Back to School

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 It's that time of year again: summer is winding down, and we need to prepare for school. Here are some hopefully helpful ideas to make that transition as smooth as possible:

1) Start adjusting bedtimes and wake-up times now. Work toward your school routine gradually (for example, adjust going to bed and waking up 15 minutes a day) until you get back into your school schedule.

2) Begin thinking about the new developmental tasks your child will be facing this year and start doing some "school" activities to anticipate these tasks: more reading every day, more writing every day, some math practice every day, etc. It takes all of us some time to adjust to new schedules and workloads, so practice at home can be most beneficial. (By the way, this works best if the entire family engages in these activities at the same time - perhaps impossible given our busy schedules yet good modeling whenever you can do it.)

3) Reinforce daily chores that develop responsibility. Classroom jobs and personal responsibility for completing one's work are realities of school life. By practicing a good work ethic at home you will help your child grow and mature into responsible school citizen.

4) Create a gratitude list as a family that lists all of the benefits that come with being a part of your school community. Developing a healthy appreciation for the gift of education can help lessen the reluctance some of our children may feel when summer ends and school approaches.

5) Practice having some quiet times at home and see how this time for contemplation enhances your family sense of togetherness.

6) Have some practice school mornings: do some timed drills, make a game out of it, and develop your morning routine!

7) Set some goals for the coming school year. Have each family member design a goal and post these on the refrigerator. Goal setting builds discipline and creates a vision of the person we want to become.

There you go - here comes September!

In peace,


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