Lessons Learned: The Sport of School

  What if starting a new grade was like trying out for a sports team? Imagine if your kids had to demonstrate that they were ready to tackle the challenges that they will face in the upcoming year, and imagine if they had to show that they had the skills needed in order to make the cut.
To make a sports team, kids know that they need to prepare. They need to put in the time to practice their skills, retrain their muscles to get into top shape, and work with somebody else – a parent, a coach, or a friend – who will give them feedback and encouragement. Without these, the chances of making the team decrease.
Heading back to school is no different than trying out for a team. Just like hamstrings, biceps and abs, the brain is a muscle: it needs practice and fine-tuning in order to function at the top of its game. Just like hamstrings, biceps and abs, the brain can get out of shape after a period of disuse. The brain needs a good workout before school starts to get back into shape and be ready for the year ahead. It needs to run the drills, take a few practice shots, and feel confident that it’s up for the challenge.
So, before heading back to class for a new school year, warm up the brain! Start now and spend a little bit of time each day: 
  • reviewing last year’s school work.
  • Have your kids try a few math problems.
  • Re-read an old essay or book report.
  • Write a paragraph.
  • Watch a science video online.
  • Kids can also get the brain back into school-year habits by re-introducing routines such as wake-up times, meal times and bedtimes.
Of course, the best athletes know that there is no such thing as an off-season: if you really want to stay at the top of your game, you never stop training.

We keep athletes (aka students) performing at peak levels all year long. Consider Oxford Learning as the student coach: we help your child excel at the sport of school, for this grade, and every grade. Check out our Get Organized Bootcamp and kick this school year into high gear! For more information or to register, visit http://www.oxfordlearning.com/locations/novascotia/halifax/


Oxford Learning offers programs for children from 3 years old through university. Our goal is to give students the skills they need to be successful in school and in life. Oxford Learning has locations in Halifax, Hammonds Plains and Bedford. For more information about our programs and services, including our summer camps, visit us at www.oxfordlearning.com
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