7 WAYS TO PREPARE STUDENTS TO GET BACK INTO THE SWING OF SCHOOL

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It has been a fantastic summer, but September is fast approaching. It’s about that time when many children are preparing to go back to school. Here are some helpful tips to transition children back into a mode of learning.

1) ROUTINES -Establish a sleep schedule and morning routines before the first day of school arrives. Students need time to make the transition from a summer off to 10 months of concentrated schooling. Make the transition smooth by getting children on a schedule way before school begins.

2) EDUCATIONAL GAMES – Play educational games with your children. Show them how important education is to you by actively engaging in fun learning groups with them. Play Scrabble, Boggle, Apples to Apples, UpWords, or any board game that inspires learning. You can also buy flash cards of any sort and create games to learn facts.

3) SCHOOL SUPPLIES – Invite children to go shopping with you for school supplies. Make a big deal out of the event by putting a special invitation on your child’s pillow to go shopping with you. Get your child hyped up. While you are shopping, talk the whole time about how fantastic the new school year is going to be for them.

4) END OF SUMMER CELEBRATIONS – Since Labor Day has come to be celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer, create celebratory events around the Labor Day theme. Tie the events into the excitement of a new school year beginning. Also note that in U.S. sports, Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and college football season. This might be of interest to lots of children.

5) LIST STUDENT GOALS – Talk to children about school year academic goals and behavioral expectations. Make a list and post it in a prominent place around the house.

6) MAKE POSTERS – Create inspirational posters out of oak tag and markers. The posters could include positive affirmations and attitudes about school. Post the finished works in children’s bedrooms to inspire a positive attitude towards the new year.

7) MAKE ART WRITING JOURNALS – Visit art museums and have children respond to the work of artists through a writing journal. Various museums have free admission times. If you are in New York, you can go to www.nycgo.com/articles/free-nyc-museums for a listing of free museums.

Please share any comments you have about the strategies listed in this blog or feel free to add some ideas of your own.

Ms. Tootie

11 Responses to “7 WAYS TO PREPARE STUDENTS TO GET BACK INTO THE SWING OF SCHOOL”

    • Angela Hall

      Thanks for your reply Jeanne! I like your idea about reading. That IS the core of it all (after all). Do you have any good book suggestions for teachers and parents on the elementary school level? Please suggest some…any grade level will do.

      Angela
      aka Ms. Tootie

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  1. tracey

    I was inspired by your list in reference to your school supply idea. I am going to do that and also allow them to pick a few supplies of their liking using a budget to incorporate math skills, thank you, Angela.

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    • Angela Hall

      Thanks Tracey. Have you been able to muster up a “math budget” yet? If so, what new or fun stuff have you done in the area of math? Share, share, share!!!

      Angela
      aka Ms. Tootie

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  2. Andrew Peddie

    Love your list. Very comprehensive and complete. All bases appear to be covered. We must to do all we can to help the young folks transition. We cannot overemphasize the importance for them to embrace THEIR education and learn our-story, and the tru-story, and not his-…

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    • Angela Hall

      You are so right. How do you suggest young people of various cultures and backgrounds take the first step to finding their “true story?”

      Angela
      aka Ms. Tootie

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    • Angela Hall

      Thanks for your input. We are trying to do all we can to contribute to the success of young people everywhere. Please share any ideas you may have to support the education of our youth.

      Angela
      aka Ms. Tootie

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      Thanks for your encouraging words. I am glad you stumbled upon the blog. It’s an experiment that I am hoping will blossom.

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