These are my "wishes" for the school year:
* A consistent, early bedtime
* A scrumptious breakfast
* A substantial, healthy snack for snack time (i.e. half a sandwich)
* An inviting place and consistent time to do homework
* Have your child read out loud for 15 minutes seven days a week
* Model reading as a "lifelong learner" and emphasize the pleasure it gives
you in your life
* Have your child pack backpack, snack and pick out outfit the night
before so mornings can be more manageable and stress free. (oxymoron??
Mornings = stress free, Ha! Good Luck!)
* Give your child a purpose for whatever they are learning in school
* Remind them that their mistakes are “learning opportunities” and ask them
if they understand their mistakes
* Quiet, down time to develop their imaginations
* Listen, listen, and listen
* Time alone with Mom and/or Dad everyday to reflect, talk, share and laugh
* Kiss the softness of their necks often and tell them how much you adore
them and how lucky you are to have them in your lives
* Say, “I love you!” over and over and over again!
* Never do for your child what they can do for themselves
* Develop independence and a positive self-concept by expecting your child
to fulfill their responsibilities
* Limit computer/television time. When they do watch, make it as interactive
as possible by conversing with them about what it is they are viewing. Ask
them to make predictions about what they think might happen next. Ask
them "Why do you think . . .?" often.
* Remember that they are only going to be children once and for a very short
time. Allow them to be children. Allow them to play, explore and develop
* Limit after school activities. If you are stressed, they probably are too!
* Communicate any concerns or questions you may have in a timely manner. The
more informed I am, the more I can advocate for your child. Together, we
can creatively solve anything!
**PLEASE join the PTA. They provide MANY wonderful learning experiences for
your child throughout the year.
***Please obtain a town library card for your child and visit the library
* If your child mentions something they would like in the classroom, please
feel free to send it in.
* Bleach sheets and soft (lotion) tissues are always welcomed.