I love how simple education used to be. Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic – or the three R’s as they are affectionately known, were so straightforward, the way to learn anything else in life. Would you have loved to be schooled in this one-room schoolhouse as much as I would? I just think it would have been so much fun! 🙂
I just turned 40 at the end of July, and I can remember the days of starting school the last week of August, feeling excited that on the second week there was already a day off (Labor Day).
Now it seems that schools are starting earlier and earlier, with teachers returning for in-service as early as July 25 or so. As a former classroom teacher, I do have an opinion on this – YUCK!!
In all honesty, I’d like to know the reasoning behind the calendar change. Are we headed to year-round school as the norm? Isn’t it just trying to reinvent the wheel? I mean, when you have something that works, why would you want to change it?
We homeschool, and I do not see the need to school year round, although we are always reading books, drilling flashcards, and turning any conversation into a teaching/learning to stay sharp, and sometimes (just being honest here) to pass the time.
We still kept our schedule of going to the library every other Friday so we could keep some sense of a routine throughout the summer.
Ooooo…now there’s an R word that a lot of people tend to shy away from, mainly because it sounds too much like another word – schedule.
Actually, I think scheduling can be a good thing – to a point. Flexibility is very important, but sometimes we can be so flexible that we fail to realize the importance of and benefits to staying a bit “rigid” to the clock and realizing that we must get some things done. Our children will have jobs one day where they will be required to arrive on time, meet deadlines, and go to scheduled meetings.
Whether your child (or children) is in a classroom school or is homeschooled, here’s a few good pointers to remember:
- Be sure he has a regular rising time.
- Be sure he is eating a protein-based breakfast so he can jumpstart his metabolism and burn calories.
- Be sure he is equipped with all the necessary classroom supplies – many places like Walmart, Target, Rite Aid, and Walgreens have “Back to School” items all ready and waiting to be purchased and put to good use in the classroom.
- Be sure to keep open communication with your child’s teacher or teachers, giving and asking for all convenient forms of contact (phone numbers, text messages, email, Facebook, etc.). There are so many ways to keep in touch nowadays, it borders on sinful to say you can’t get a hold of the teacher at one time or another.
- Be sure to check your child’s work each day, whether actually looking at some work (if some has been sent home) or by just asking how it’s going. Keep the lines of communication open with your child, as well. His perspective is important, too.
- Finally, get your child in bed early. He needs a good night’s sleep before each day of school. That will be more for some and less for others, so be aware of the individual needs of each child.
If you ever have any questions about schooling, please feel free to comment those questions here. If you would like a “private reply,” just let me know in your inquiry, and I’ll be sure to contact you privately about your questions.
Have a wonderful school year!