Labor Day has passed, one last glorious “hurrah” for summer as the school year gets underway. I think everyone is in need of more structure and routine at this point. The start of school forces that on us.
In planning for a good school year here are some tips that can go a long way to making family life better.
Be sure your children have:
1. A quiet place to study
2. A good night’s sleep
3. A good breakfast at home or school
4. An encouraging word, a positive attitude such as “I know you’ll do well.” OR ” Go for it!”
Reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent can do to prepare a child for school. The average child has been read to 1,350 hours by the time he or she goes to school. How will the child who has been read to for 25 hours do in the same class? Reading aloud is a gift that won’t make your wallet one bit thinner — but it will last a lifetime!
“You may have tangible wealth untold,
Casket of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be –
I had a Mother who read to me.”