The tree is down, decorations are put away, laundry is done and as we pack lunches we have to deal with the fact that the vacation is over. For Christmas all we wanted was time to relax and enjoy spending time together as a family and that’s exactly what we got. It was wonderful and I only wish I could find a way to live the other 51 weeks of the year exactly the same way.
It’s now 2012, the year that my 4 year old will start school. In only 8 short months, my oldest will begin school and I find myself asking questions about what this will mean for our family. For 12 years, I’ve guided parents and children on their journey through school but now, it’s different. Now it’s my turn to worry about whether or not he’s ready and if I’ve done enough to prepare him. The first day of school will be here before I know it so it’s time to start thinking about what needs to happen between now and then.
As much as a new year means a new start for “grown ups”, it can also be a new beginning for children. Use the beginning of 2012 as an opportunity to implement new strategies and start the year off on the right foot. Students can put an end to the bad habits that may have interfered with the learning process by implementing some of these strategies.
Rise and Shine. Everyone can use a little extra time in the morning. By setting alarm clocks 10 minutes earlier, students can reduce the morning rush and alleviate stress.
Tune Out. TV, computers and cell phones are the biggest student distractions, especially when it comes to homework. By simply eliminating half an hour of screen time, students have more time to focus on schoolwork.
Prepare at night. Students can check items off their to-do list by preparing for school the night before. Choose clothing, re-pack book bags, and prepare lunches at night to avoid the morning rush.
Get organized. Make a resolution to use an agenda. Agendas help students stay on track so that homework and assignments are not forgotten.
Stick to a schedule. Hang wall calendars in a visible spot and be sure to write down all school assignments, extra curricular activities, and social engagements.
Hit the sack. A good night’s sleep ensures that students are less sluggish and more alert and focused during the school day.
Hit the books. Reading for enjoyment is one of the best ways for students to build vocabulary and develop strong language skills.
Eat right. Healthy eating keeps the brain active all day long. Avoid sugary treats and processed foods, which can cause a lack of attention.
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