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My son loves trains so it seems sort of fitting that I am the final stop on the Scholastic Children’s Dictionary Back To School Blog Tour. I’m the caboose! Choo choo!
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Here in New Jersey school starts back up in a couple of weeks. I’ll be moving my boys towards their school year schedules consisting of earlier bedtimes and earlier wake up times after this weekend. I like to make the adjustments slowly so they don’t suffer culture shock. The one thing that I’ve never understood about back to school is the actual back to school night. In our area back to school night for most (not all) schools is sometime from mid-September until early October – AFTER SCHOOL HAS ALREADY STARTED. That makes no sense!
Back to school night is an important night for parents. It provides an opportunity to meet the teachers and learn about what’s going to happen during the year and what expectations are. In recent years back to school night has also included the topic of school supplies. In our district teachers are able to specifiy what school supplies are required for the class. The list used to be sent home towards the end of summer. As my son got older it happened that teachers weren’t giving the list out until the first day of school. By then all of the stores were picked clean. What sense does that make! I like to find out what I need aheadof time so I’m not hunting supplies down.
So back to back to school night. You wouldn’t believe how many back to school nights that I’ve gone to for my older child where the room was half empty. Parents should be going to back to school night. It lets the teachers know you take your child’s education seriously. It also lets your child know te same. The most helpful thing that I’ve found is to find out what your child’s teacher’s expectations and policies are. It’s great to know ahead of time what the policy is for make up work or missed assignments. I like to introduce myself to the teacher and make sure they know how to reach me. I also discuss any potential problems and share any information I feel they may need. Lastly I like to ask what items they recommend that may not be required – a dictionary, for example. A dictionary was not a required item but one I felt would be helpful for my son to have based on my own experience. I wasn’t required to have a dictionary in school. But I always did, because my Mom (a teacher) thought it would be helpful. And helpful it was. A dictionary is one of those books that I think everyone should have. Yes, you can look stuff up online now but nothing replaces having to actually turn pages, look for, and find a word. To me that’s part of the learning process.
If you’d like to read more more posts about the pending school year from some terrific bloggers, feel free to visit any of the first fourteen stops on the tour. They shared stores and advice on back to school, saving money, nutrition, reading and much more.
- Jolly Mom
- Momma Findings
- The Mommy-Files
- The Dirty Shirt
- Guessing All The Way
- Serendipity Mommy
- The Divine Miss Mommy
- From Dates to Diapers
- My Sentiment ExactLee
- Mommy Niri
- 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
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