Your Children School Ready
By Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman
to school is in the air. Parents are currently being bombarded with
back to school sales in magazines, newspapers, television ads, and
store flyers. Whether you shop on line or wait in line, advertisers
suggest that their store or website has everything you could possibly
need to get your child school ready.
you made your list yet? Most lists include: a book bag, pens, pencils,
glue stick, spiral note pad, compass, calculator, 3-ring binder,
gym shoes, and clothes. You may even have a lunch box on your list.
are these things what your children really need in order to be ready
for school? Perhaps getting your child school ready involves more
that buying things. Maybe supplies are not what you need to supply
for your child to get them off to a good start this school year.
It just might be that the best getting ready for school strategies
you can employ are not found at the mall or your local department
store. Consider the following.
are five suggestions for getting your children school ready. Do
they need to be on your back to school list?
Start the school schedule early. Break the summer sleep-in/stay-up
late mode. Begin the morning and evening school routine at least
two weeks before school actually starts. Don't expect that you child
will be able to make the adjustment to getting up for school quickly
or easily without a break in period.. Take the full two weeks to
work into the routine slowly by adjusting the bedtime and wakeup
time a few minutes everyday until the desired time is reached. Your
goal is to have the schedule set prior to the first day of school.
Create a positive attitude about going back to school. Talk to your
children about being able to see their friends, meet their new teacher
and all the opportunities that being at school provides. Focus on
your child's area of interest and emphasize all the ways in which
school helps to enhance that topic. When your child speaks negatively,
redirect him into the positive.
Visit the school. Reacquaint your child with the school. During
the summer classrooms change, teachers transfer to new buildings,
principals are reassigned, and new playground equipment gets installed.
Don't wait for orientation day to get reacquainted. Go to the school
and play on the play ground, meet the new principal or office personnel,
talk to the janitor.
Set goals for the upcoming school year. Help your children create
realistic expectations for themselves about school. Talk about what
they want to accomplish this school year, not what you want them
to accomplish. Remember not all of school is about grades. Making
new friends, speaking out in class, standing up for oneself, staying
organized, and managing behavior are all crucial skills for a successful
Model learning. Create a time in your home when everyone is involved
in learning related activities such as reading, playing with numbers,
telling family stories, journaling, or quiet reflection. Turn off
the television and video games and have a set time for the whole
family to feed their brain. In fact, model learning year round,
even through the summer months. This will set the stage for homework.
A study time can be a logical extension of the learning time you
have in your home.
your kids every opportunity to be ready for school this year. Head
to the mall or department store with your list of needed items and
remember to add to your list the suggestions above. By doing so
you give your kids what they really need to begin this school year---structure,
energy, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude.
Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller are the authors of The 10
Commitments: Parenting with Purpose. They are two of the
world's foremost authorities on raising responsible, caring, confident
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