HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL

Connection and love, Routines, Tips & Tools

Letting go of summer and gearing up for the new school year ahead can be many things for children.  This transition brings up the feelings of excitement, anticipation, anxiousness and nervousness. Creating structures and routines helps the whole family deal with the change.

Here are some ideas to encourage children transition into the new school year:

  • Routines If you haven’t already made a morning routine, sit down with your child and draw it out. You are looking for progress not perfection. Each day you can ask, “How did the routine work today? What can we do tomorrow to make it
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BEGINNING THE ALMOST PERFECT SCHOOL YEAR

Connection and love, Routines, Tips & Tools

The most important thing that happens in the school and classroom community during the first few weeks is encouraging children to get to know each other and to begin to see their class as a team.

Here are some activities for creating connections with your community of learners.

  • Ball of Yarn Have students join you in a circle. Hold a ball of yarn, share your name and something about yourself. Holding the end of the yarn, toss the yarn ball to a student. That student shares his or her name something about him or herself.  The student holds on to
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Reconnecting With Joy

Connection and love, Tips & Tools

August can be a time of big transitions. The days are getting shorter and in many families, the first preparations for school are beginning.  It can be really busy!  Sometimes when there is a lot to be accomplished, adults in the family take their responsibilities seriously and focus on getting things done. Many of us show up as “human doings” instead of “human beings”. This is an invitation to make sure there is time each day to pause and connect with your children and what is really important. You can fit connection into your day pretty easily – but it …

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Joy In Learning

Connection and love, Tips & Tools

August is a wonderful time for reflection. The new school year is on the horizon and the past school year is now fading a bit in the distance. As a teacher or administrator, you face tremendous pressure to support students to achieve significant academic progress. Under this pressure, it can seem like every minute counts and academic learning must be packed into every nook and cranny.

Yet most of us did not get into education to fill brains. We are here because we get satisfaction and joy when we see the light in a child’s eyes when they “get it”, …

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