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School Success Tips for the New School Year

Whether you are sending your child off to preschool, middle school, high school or college, a new school year has begun. While some children love school and anticipate the first day with excitement, others groan when they think about school. For me, I looked forward to starting school, and especially loved the day I went shopping for new clothes and school supplies with my mom.In my own home growing up and in our family today, we take our education seriously. Although my boys are not quite as willing and excited as I was about school, I still work to instill good success habits. Here are some ideas you can use with your children to ensure a successful school year.Establish Solid Morning, After School and Bedtime RoutinesWhen my oldest son Kai was growing up, he was diagnosed with ADHD. It was then that I learned about how important routines were in a child's life. Children thrive on consistency and structure, and routines provide that repetition and instill good habits. Make up sheets of paper that lis...

 


9 Ways to Celebrate the End of the School Year

Once school is out, it is time for summer fun! No matter what your family does during the summer--camp, vacations, or visiting relatives, take some time to mark the end of the school year. Planning something special to commemorate the big day places extra emphasis on your child's achievements, and lets her know how important her education is to you. Here are a few great ways to celebrate: 1.Make a school scrapbook. You don't need to make an entire scrapbook each year--you can get a single scrapbook, and add a page or pages each school year. The resulting book will be a great memento of those important early years! Save report cards, photos, certificates, and even handwritten samples or art, and you will get a solid sense of how your child has grown, and how much they have learned. 2.Plan an after-school outing with the class on the last day of the school year. This doesn't have to be done at home (an entire class full of kids plus parents takes up a lot of space!), but if you have a local park, or a restaur...

 


Start the School Year Speaking Spanish

As a mom of two school-aged children, I feel the impending end of summer and the excitement and nervousness of a new school year. Many parents are concerned with having enough funds this year in the family budget for the normal back-to-school spending frenzy. While children concern themselves with the social aspects of the educational journey connected with the school year ahead. It is amusing to witness the differences between the two areas of concern, anxiousness and nervousness. Often times this part of each year marks a renewed commitment to learning something with more intensity, more mastery than ever before. Be it on the part of the parent saying to himself or herself that they will stay more involved with the studies of their children, thus lending their wisdom and experience towards these endeavors. Or be it the child vowing to apply himself towards a particular area of studies he knows he has been slacking off in or the student who truly hopes to master a new language during the school year.I ...