Writer’s Block: Hi Ho, Hi Ho…It’s Back To School We Go?

By Corinne Wnek

Okay, so maybe we still have a little bit of summer left before we are bombarded with those annoying back to school commercials. Nevertheless, those school bells will be ringing very soon, so maybe this is a good time to gently begin the transition into fall. By starting early, we can help put our students on the road to a successful and enjoyable academic year.

We need to remember that kids have been out of school for a long time. It may not seem like a long summer to adults, but to kids it is. Educators agree that a good way to prepare for the new school year is to review some of the skills learned in the previous year.

With younger children, for instance, a once or twice a week review session of letters, words, numbers and arithmetic could help in recall of learned material. These sessions could be a family fun activity that is set up as a healthy competition between the kids and the adults. What’s good about this is that learning becomes fun and not just a boring chore. Based on your family and the ages of the kids, parents could become quite creative here.

With middle school students, a lot of the same activities could take place because middle school kids love to win out against adults. But if a competition is not your family’s cup of tea, maybe encouraging reading or a review of math skills is the order of the day.

Certainly with high school students summer reading, and perhaps projects, will likely be expected to be completed by September. As high school is a preparation for future education, it is important to make sure your child is completing the required assignments.

Late summer is a perfect time for rising high school seniors to begin and complete those college applications and required essays. Why wait for the fall and be burdened with regular assignments, sports and extracurricular schedules and maybe uncompleted standardized testing?

At the risk of being a killjoy, students should ease on into the new school year by taking baby steps now so that when the doors open in September, they will be ready for learning. Sorry, kids. But you’ll be glad later on that you took this unwanted advice.

Now, hurry! Back into the pool!

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