Back-to-School Suggestions?

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Back-to-School Suggestions?
Thu, 07-09-2009 - 12:49pm

The school year will be starting again before we know it. We’d love to hear your advice about summertime prep, school gear, routines, etc.

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Fri, 07-10-2009 - 2:02pm

We do workbooks over the summer -- The Summer Bridge ones. It's not a lot of work to do each day but its enough that Philip (10) doesn't complain about having to do homework again once school starts up again. I also have them write in a journal. They can write about their day, a vacation activity they want to do/have done or I give them a writing prompt.

This is all in addition to taking part in the library's summer reading program.

Keeping to a routine helps a lot. It helps so that homework doesn't become a hassle during the school year. The one thing I'm bad about it keeping them to a bedtime routine during the summer. I am a night owl so I find it easy to not enforce bedtime when we don't have to be some where the next morning. Lindsay takes after me and I can already see having trouble with her when school starts back up in August.

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Registered: 06-29-2001
Tue, 07-14-2009 - 4:05pm

I agree with Dawn about doing homework over the summer, kids lose so much of what they learned if they spend 2-3 months not using those skills.

If your child is going to all day school for the first time, train them with a timer to eat their lunch in 10 minutes - if they buy lunch and are the last class on the lunch line, they may get only 10 minutes to eat.

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