Parents, with school getting ready to start, now is the time to begin getting your children back on a daily schedule. By schedule I mean specific wake up and bed times. Many children come to school sleepy and unable to perform at their highest level because of poor sleep patterns.
Another way to prepare for the school year is to have a designated place at your house for homework and studying. It is important to use thesame place each day. Homework can be completed at your kitchen table, a tv tray, a small desk or table purchased at a garage sale.
Routines are helpful in keeping high expectations for your child. Keep the same time set for homework or review time each day. It can be as short as only 20 minutes. If nothing else, read to your child or allow them to read to you each day. Children need to be exposed to as much vocabulary as possible.
As you are beginning to think about the new school year, many thoughts are running through your mind. How do I set up my classroom and what am I going to teach on the first day of school? It doesn’t matter if you teach in a public or private school or if you are a home school parent, we all think about getting off to a great start. When I was a student, teacher, or principal, I remember never being able to sleep the night before school started. The excitement and anticipation was beyond describable.
From all of my years in education, I have learned many important things. The best advice I can give you is to teach your children the meaning of your rules and expectations. Take the time to model for them. Show them the right way and the wrong way to complete the expectation.
Always be CONSISTANT! Say what you mean………and mean what you say. Children learn quickly and know when stong bounderies are and are not set. As an adult, I know I like knowing what is expected of me. Early intervention is the key. Teaching children to follow rules and make good choices early helps get their school year started in a positive way.
Are you looking for a great book to read to your children the first week of school? The ABC’s of Making Good Choices is a rhyming book that teaches children positive character traits. Email me and I will send you a hand-out of higher order thinking questions and activities to use with the book.
Now that summer vacation is beginning to come to a close, it is time to get back into the mind set of learning and “Making Good Choices”. Are you looking for help in teaching your young children to do the right thing? Then you came to the right place.
Todays’s World is so full of choices for our younger generation. My goal is to give adults and children advice and tools to help you learn the importance of doing the right thing.
Who am I to give advice….you may ask? Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Dawn Young.I am a retired educator of twenty-eight years. Through out my career, I have served as a teacher, elementary principal, and teacher improvement coordinator. My greatest passion is teaching children the importance of “Making Good Choices” and the consequences that can happen when this doesn’t happen.
I received my Education Specialist Degree in 2004. My study at that time was Character Education. It continues to be my focus and passion now that I have become a children’s author.
Please feel free to ask questions……….NO Question is a DUMB Question! It is how we all learn.