Greetings all! Yes, we took July off both in post as well as meeting day. Maybe not the best idea, but don't look back unless to learn from what is "back there!"
I am thinking that some of you have kiddo's that are eager to go back to school, some of you have kiddo's that are ambivalent, and some of you may have a kiddo's like mine, whom I had the following conversation with a few days ago:
"Do you know what month I hate?"
"Nope, what month is that?"
"Really?, Why is that I wonder?"
"Because August is the month with SCHOOL in it again!!!"
And...so it goes, in our house.
So! Here's a few short tips that I'll go over again at the group Thursday, and you have heard them before, but I live in a "repetetiveness makes it stick" world, so here goes!
1) Start TODAY, if you have not, casually talking about school in a touchdown format....in otherwords, don't tie your kid down and have a heart to heart....gradually work into school type topics and it will be much easier. (Of course if your kid is joyful about school, don't worry about the gradual part!)
2) Start updating your portfolio (for elementary age kids), or what I call my "cheat sheet" (for middle school and beyond). This is the handy summary of what is important for the school to "get" about your kiddo. It should include things like areas of strength, areas that need extra help or attention, specific challenges, goals, and a big thank you for working TOGETHER this school year.
3) Contact your councilor about wanting to meet to walk through the school prior to the start of school.
4) Even better, see if your kiddo can meet his primary teacher (elementary), or some of his teachers (middle school and beyond)
5) 2 or 3 days before school starts, do sit your kiddo down and if they cannot verbalize feelings about what they may be worried about, draw faces and put out adjectives that show lots of different emotions and words that they can put with the faces. This is done for you on some internet sites and in the CAT kit from Tony Atwood's publishers, but is easy to do from your computer or even your own artistic hand. Then address each concern in real ways so they have some coping skills ready to go on day 1.
In addition, I'd like to encourage all of us to focus on the good stuff that we all plan to see this year. Although each year brings challenges, each year also brings growth in a good way, even if you have to look for it a bit. These are the words from the classic old hymn "Great is Thy Faithfulness", and although I'm not usually an old English translation kind of gal, these words are timeless, and seem to fit. Soak it in, if you would!!!
"Strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!"
Blessings for a new school year!