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August 2016 – OMG it's BTS! – Harbor House Preschool & Kindergarten

August 2016 - OMG it's BTS!

July 24, 2016

unnamedOh my goodness, It’s back to school is the translation for my heading.  It is hard to believe but it is four short weeks until the school bells will start ringing.

I love the start of school.  It’s like New Year—you can wipe the slate clean and begin again.  I love the new little faces, the smell of new crayons, and lunch-boxes.  I love planning for the new class.  My love for the start of school comes directly from my parents.  They instilled a love for school and for reading.  School was exciting and important.  Because of them, I love to learn.

While my dad was going to college, we didn’t have a lot.  However, we picked out new school supplies on a special trip.  We got three new outfits (on sale).  And we each got a new book.  I always wanted a lunch box like the kids who stayed in school to eat but I was a walker.  Now my son gets me a new lunchbox.

Help your child succeed in this new school year or first school year by:
  • Keeping the start of school special.  Start some BTS traditions.
  • Get organized.  Have a place for everything.  Make bins for papers.  Have hooks for backpacks.  I admire my daughter-in-law because she is so school organized.  No late permission slips for these kids.
  • Get involved with your children’s work.  Help your child but don’t do the work.  If you are unclear on some tasks—email the teacher.  Math is done a whole new way.
  • Encourage independence and self-reliance.  Allow your child to choose clothing, lunch foods, activities, etc.
  • Know your child’s friends.
  • Get to know the teacher.  Send a card from time-to-time.  Tell us what you like.  Be as free with kudos as you are with complaints.
  • Read things that come home promptly.
  • Make certain your child empties his/her desk.
  • Have a good bedtime ritual that encourages relaxation.
  • Practice good nutrition.
  • Read nightly.

Enjoy school with your child.  Keep your child curious and learning beyond school.

I think I’ll send my son my lunchbox choices.  I can’t wait for school but let’s enjoy summer.  Keep those bells in the distance for a while.  Have a happy year!]]>

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