Last night we had the pleasure to attend the annual school bbq and curriculum night at our children’s school. This was our second year attending, yes only our second year! How embarrassing is that considering our children are now in grade 6 and in grade 3? The truth is, that we did not “fit” in our previous school community and so we missed many school events.
You may be asking yourself why? See, our oldest son has always struggled with his behaviour; he was diagnosed with ADHD but in our previous school community he was labelled as the “bad” kid (even though they were aware of his diagnosis). He was often kept inside when he did not “behave”, he was often segregated from his peers…… he was so misunderstood. His principal twice even suggested that my son reminded him of “his nephew Joey”. He twice said to me “when he takes his Ritalin he is ok and when he does not take it, he is not ok”, imagine that? Anyhow, I will write more about this another day but rest assure we have found a much better school for him.
What is curriculum night? Curriculum night for me, is first and foremost your first opportunity to meet your child’s teacher (if you have not done that yet) and to learn more about him/her. It is your chance to see your child’s classroom, his/her desk and some of the work they may have already done. It is also a chance to learn more about the curriculum, what will they be learning? How will the curriculum be taught? Which books will be used and more…. It is also your chance to meet the other staff in the school and finally, it is your chance to connect with other parents and meet your child’s school mates. I encourage you all to attend your school’s curriculum night!
Wishing all the kids a FUN-TASTC school year!
T’was the night before back to school and excitement was in the air…… Lunch bags were packed, backpacks lined up, clothes laid out and kids were tucked in, dreaming away about the exciting day to come. But wait….. one more thing, there were excited parents across town, doing the happy dance and drinking some wine.
Yes it’s here…. It’s back to school. Summer was fun and many memories were made but now the time has come to make school memories. A, B, C, 1, 2, 3…… Wishing each of your children an awesome first day back to school and an even better school year!
Back to School checklist by Maria Grimaldi
Well we are 1 week away from back to school here in Ontario and Maria has kindly put together a checklist you may want to refer to… It may help you feel less overwhelmed:
Mom’s back to school checklist:
Go through last year’s supplies/clothes and check to see what is needed √
Look through flyers, many back to school sales √
Hit the on-line sales √
Tackle school clothes shopping first √
Then tackle the school supplies list (you will feel less overwhelmed) √
Prepare a healthy snacks/lunch ideas list √
Make sure after school care is taken care of √
Enroll in after school activities √
And lastly, make an appointment with the optometrist. √
*Did you know that in Ontario eye exams are covered by OHIP for all children until they reach their 21st Birthday so 20 years and younger. http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/publications/ohip/eyecare.aspx
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What happened to summer?
Hard to believe that the first month of Summer vacation for this year is over already…. Less than a month and it’s back to school. Despite the rainy weather, I must admit, I have enjoyed having the boys at home with me. In just over a month we will be at it again…. Back to school and that means: back to the morning rush, lunch packing, homework help, after school activities and, perhaps one can say back to more structure. Many of you are sending off their kids to school for the first time and for some this may be difficult…. I know it was hard for me to send my boys to school for the first time and reality is that it’s still hard for me.
I have put together some back to school tips that you may find helpful, feel free to comment and give me your back to school tips.
Back to school tips:
- Start the back to school routine early so about a week prior (or earlier if you feel it’s necessary) begin by putting your child to bed at the normal “school night time”. In the morning, start up again with building that back to school morning routine so waking up at a designated time, have them lay put their clothes the night before (and let them pick as it builds independence skills. If they wear a uniform, they can still lay out their clothes and have them ready to go for the next once school starts).
“Summer: the tans will fade but the memories will last forever”
- For first timers, practice opening and closing their backpacks and their food containers
- Practice feeding themselves and set a timer for it as remember they are only given a certain amount of time to eat/drink
- Practice going to the bathroom
- Practice washing their hands (lost of germs get shared between kids at school especially among the younger ones)
- Practice using a tissue (seems silly, but trust me during cold/flu season they will need those skills otherwise their shirt sleeves become their own personal tissue)
- Pratice tyding up
- Practice sharing toys and school supplies but also also go over what NOT to share: hats, treats, food…..
- Practice writing their names with the younger ones and assign some back to school sheets to the older ones
- Practice the school run and if they are taking the bus, contact the bus company and ask for a tour of a bus, they may say no but it’s worth a try
- Look through the school’s website with your child and start building that excitement
- Set up playdates, so try to find children that will be attending the same school/class as your own children and get together…. Children need to practice their social skills
- And finally, try to enjoy the last days of summer with your children….. do fun things as crazy times are just around the corner. 😊
Wow….. It’s hard to believe that another school year is coming to an end. The helicopter Mama in me, is so excited. Yes, you read that right!!! I admit, I am a helicopter Mama…. I feel better when my children are in my care because, I feel that I can “protect” them like no one can, lol. Sometimes, I wonder if this is normal but for me, it’s hard to let go, trust others and, believe that my children will be in good care. I also wonder sometimes, if I am just too scared to watch them grow up so fast, become more independent and therefore not needing me as much anymore. I am still one of the most important people in their life but my fear is that soon their friends will become the “centre” of their universe ☹
This school year has been an adjustment year for my boys… New school, new friends, new rules…. But they survived and yes, I survived!!! The support I received and both my boys received in their new school has been unbelievable, something I did not have in our previous school. We are truly thankful and feel so blessed to be part of this new school community. However, the truth is that despite all this, I am looking forward to the upcoming Summer Break. I am looking forward to the summer weather, to summer playdates, to family time at the cottage, to no lunch bag packing, to no morning rush and just being able to relax. What are your summer plans? Are you excited that this school year is almost over? Maybe you are not looking forward to summer break, tell me why?