It’s a relief to know that I am not alone nagging my kids to hurry up, brush their teeth, get ready AND that it also drives them crazy! Well, we all have this to look forward to as the kids go back to school!
Wow! Everything I thought about good study habits is wrong! For instance, instead of sticking to one study location, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention. And there is zero proof that children have specific learning styles, that some are “visual learners”and others are auditory; some are “left-brain” students, others “right-brain.”
Did you know that 89% of parents of K-12 students participate in their child’s education in the United States? Or that the average salary of a worker with an advanced degree is $83k versus $31k for those with just a high school diploma? Or that parents spend a whopping $7.4 billion on back to school clothes? Just the facts Ma’am on Back-to-School spending, education, salaries and more!
The new school year is already upon us, and that means big changes to the family routine and lots of new things on your to-do list. Kati Chevaux, organizational expert and editor at Cozi.com, the No. 1 online and mobile family calendar, recommends breaking down back-to-school preparation into simple daily tasks to keep it manageable. To help, she’screated a one-a-day checklist for the crucial week before school begins.
NRF President and CEO, Matthew Shay, says “… families aren’t opposed to spending on what they need, but want their children to take a good look at what they already have… retailers understand consumers are extremely focused on value… “
What I really like about these backpacks from Schoolbags for Kids is that for every tote you buy from the newly launched company, the founders donate a pack full of school supplies to a child in Belize, India, or Thailand. My kids love the idea of helping others and it’s nice that they can do it simply by the choice of their backpacks because donating their hair which is also what they like to do takes two years.
Even Harvard Business School is concerned about the big paradigm shift in education: online education! It is a quite a revolution to be able to study what you want when you want. I think it’s especially great for moms going back to school. Or for my little son who wants to learn to be a Video Game Developer because … who wouldn’t?! I found a great site, NetDegree, for both.
A transition to a new grade or school, not matter how small, is difficult for children. It’s helpful to visit the new school as often as possible. Play with kids that will be at the same school if you can. And read, read, read to your child books about starting school. The familiarity of routines and activities of the new school will take a lot of the anxiety away. So, while my youngest has been visiting his elementary school for 5 years so far, we’ll take it one step at a time and read these books over and over to ensure a smooth landing in September. And a few playdates with new friends is also on the books!
I found this great article from a mom on Twitter. I am getting my 5-year-old ready for kindergarten and I thought this is a great list of fun activities to work into the summer plans. The activities cover: fine motor, scissors, sensory, mid-line crossing, and developing handwriting skills. This article is by Loubina Buxamusa, an Occupational Therapist and Ann Mahoney, an Early Childhood Specialist.