There is greatness in every child – nurture their hearts, ignite the greatness in them, foster it and help them grow it! ~ Gee Bee
Be a stage manager. Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do homework. Make sure necessary materials (paper, pencils, dictionary) are available.
Be a motivator. Homework provides a great opportunity for you to tell your child how important school is. Be positive about homework. The attitude you express will be the attitude your child acquires.
Be a role model. When your child does homework, don’t sit and watch TV. If your child is reading, you read, too. If your child is doing math, balance your checkbook. Help your child see that the skills he is practicing are related to things you do as an adult.
Be a monitor. Watch your child for signs of failure and frustration. If your child asks for help, provide guidance, not answers. If frustration sets in, suggest a short break.
Be a mentor. When the teacher asks that you play a role in homework, do it. If homework is meant to be done alone, stay away. Homework is a great way for kids to develop lifelong learning skills. Overinvolvement can be a bad thing.
Expert advice from Dr. Harris Cooper, a psychology professor and director of the Program in Education at Duke University
♥10 Back-to-School Tips for Parents of Elementary School Aged Kids♥
Start a successful school year—and keep it going!
1. If you and your child have fallen out of your bedtime routine this summer, get back into a solid routine! A week before the first day of school is a good time frame in which to begin.
3. Go shopping for school supplies together. Some elementary school teachers will provide specific supply lists for their classes. Your area’s office supply store may also have local school supplies lists on hand. Shopping from a teacher-supplied list will ensure your child has the right supplies, and could save you a ton of money and time.
4. Save time on those busy school mornings by preparing your child’s clothes a week ahead of time, already paired. Place a pair of socks, underwear, a shirt, and matching bottoms together in the drawer so that your child can easily grab a stack and go.
5. Support positive study habits early! Create a homework center—a specific area in the house where your child can do homework each evening. Make sure that it’s in a quiet place and stocked with enough supplies, such as pencils, erasers, paper, a folder or two, and a calculator.
6. Pack light—a backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of the student’s body weight. Always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles and may increase curvature of the spine.
7. Prepare your child for social situations in the elementary school classroom. A certain level of social anxiety is normal for elementary school aged kids. Teach her to introduce herself and make friends: “Hi, my name is Sarah; what’s yours?” If she’s older, role play various social scenarios with her—from sharing classroom supplies to encounters with older kids.
8. Keep encouraging literacy at home. Read frequently with your kids and make frequent trips to your local library.
9. If your child is going to be riding the bus to school for the first time, be sure to talk about bus safety. It’s also a good time to reinforce general school safety rules including who he should and shouldn’t talk to, and when he should and shouldn’t get off the school bus (when you or a guardian is not there waiting to pick him up).
10. Parent involvement in education is important throughout elementary school! Talk to your child’s teacher regularly about his educational and social development or, if your schedule permits, volunteer your time in the classroom or become an active participant in your school’s PTO/PTA.
by ADM Bunmi Akinwumi Nwabueze
You’re not a Mother
just because you carried a fetus for 9month;
just because you went through excruciating pains during delivery
Until your child (ren) become your Number 1 priority…..
Until all you can think of is protecting your child(ren) to the point of k*****g (literally)….
Until you can go on for days without eating but would rather have your child (ren) eat the little you have….
I can go on and on but I’m kinda tired of seeing children been maltreated by their own parents, been abused, murdered, abandoned……the list is endless….
by ADM Vera Bello
Something remarkable happened yesterday,
I was on my way home from work, when all of a sudden it started to rain very heavily, on getting to the closest bus stop to my house, I decided to wait a little and not get wet / soaked by the rain which had increased intensely.
Immediately I remembered my adorable one will be waiting for my arrival, I became less conscious of the rain and started walking home, though I got home all soaked and wet, then something struck my mind, ‘this was d same thing my mom did when we were little’ (before she had her car) that I always wondered why she would not wait till the rain had stopped before coming home (“why will mummy come home wet under the rain” – I wondered), now I know better and am so proud to be a mom, I give glory to God. Indeed, Mothers are the Precious Gold of Inestimable Value!!!
♥♦ FAMILY VALUES ♦♥
As I listened to the ‘Mom-in-chief’ Michelle Obama, I was so inspired by her words and I kept asking myself these questions – What are my family values? What are my children learning? What type of morals and values will they uphold later on in life from their upbringing?
ADMs, What are your family values? What are your children learning? What type of morals and values will your children uphold later on in life from their upbringing?
Imagine you are a car. After a long night of sleeping, your fuel tank is empty. Breakfast is the fuel that gets you going so you can hit the road. You need to provide enough new energy for your body to get started and to keep you functioning until lunch. For children, a good breakfast is even more important. Children who do not eat a good breakfast become tired in school and have shorter attention spans, especially late in the morning