August 
 
Off to a good start!
Battling The Back-To-School Blues
Let's make the first days of school fun with these ideas from the Love and Logic Website!
Go to WWW.LOVEANDLOGIC.COM for the rest of this article and more great ideas (under the parenting section with free articles).
Tip #1: Give your children the gift of chores.
Children who regularly do chores at home find it much easier to do assignments at school. Why? Both schoolwork and chores require perseverance, delayed gratification, and attention to detail:)
Tip #2: Limit television, videos, video games, and other "entertaining" activities.
Children who are used to being entertained during the summer by fast-paced TV shows, movies, games, and trips to the amusement park go into shock when they enter the classroom. Before long, they may get bored.
Tip #3: Have fun with reading and writing.
Spend at least 20 minutes per day reading with your kids. Experiment with reading one page, asking your child to read the next, and alternating back and forth. Writing is important too! Experiment with having your child spend the two weeks prior to the start of school making and writing cards for friends and relatives. Your child's writing skills will grow...and so will these relationships! 
 
A few more tips that have been shown to help kids jump back into school-
  • Talk to your child about their new teacher and classmates in a positive way to show them you are excited about the new school year. 
  • Attend open house to help your child quell those back to school jitters.
  • Adjust your child's bedtime to an earlier wake up time allowing for about 10 hours of sleep.
  • Set up simple routines to help the "morning rush" and "homework hour" with checklists.
Check out these websites for printable checklists and more ideas on how to support a new and exciting school year.
 
Here's to a great year!
Rachael Ledbetter