NOTHING MARKS THE END of summer like the start of school. Children everywhere are putting on their new shoes, filling up their backpacks with books, and heading off to their new classrooms.
GETTING CHILDREN READY FOR SCHOOL
Back to school time presents the perfect opportunity to show children that learning can be fun. Prepare your children for school by explaining what sorts of things they will learn this year.
The Shalom Kosher article, "Six Tips for Books Back-to-School Success," offers six simple ideas that will get your family in the mood to learn.
"By planning ahead, parents can make gearing up for the school year a fun experience that eases the transition while boosting enthusiasm," the article states. By setting a schedule, setting expectations, and being prepared, children can thrive in the classroom.
For a fun video presentation about what school has to offer, try sharing the classic Sesame Street video below:
PJ BOOKS FOR ‘BACK TO SCHOOL’
Of course, nothing prepares a child for learn like one-on-one reading time with a parent — and PJ Library offers two titles that are just perfect.
To get your young school-goer in the mood for class, consider these selections:
The Only One Club
As the only Jewish child in her class, a young girl not only learns that each person is unique but is able to share this understanding with her classmates.
The ever-curious Sammy Spider visits a Jewish preschool, where the teacher uses the story of Noah’s Ark to engage the children in a discussion about “an important Jewish value” — kindness to animals.