Prayer to End a School Year God of wisdom, we thank you for all the gifts you have given us throughout this school year. We praise you for giving us life, for saving us in Christ, and for choosing us to be your people.
As we come to the end of this school year, we voice our gratitude for the good things you have done in us, and we praise you for all who have shared in the work of this school. We ask you to bless them in your love and give them refreshment and peace. We praise you, God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.
Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers/Revised Edition. USCCB
Raising Readers The research is clear: children who are read to, and who read for pleasure, are significantly more successful in school than children who do not. Give your children a head start on success -- teach them that reading is FUN!
The best way to do this is to start reading to your child at a young age -- even babies and toddlers benefit from early exposure to reading. Having learned to associate reading with pleasure, your older child is then more likely to read for the joy of it. Many parents stop reading to their children once they have started to read independently. Parents need to
continue to be involved with their children's reading, as many children fail to develop the love of reading and the comprehension skills necessary for school success. "Just as a game of catch can inspire a child to become a baseball player, reading together as a family can encourage and motivate a child to become a lifelong reader," said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of Reading is Fundamental (RIF).
Discover the joy of reading and the magic that awaits your family inside the covers of a book. Help your family to "resolve to read" any way, every day!
After a family meal, gather together and read aloud a chapter from a favorite book. To change the pace, take turns reading aloud a page or a chapter.
When vacationing, research the area together. Find books that took place there. Once at your destination, read them aloud before bedtime.
Create a family reading hour where everyone reads silently together!
Read with each other even if your children have outgrown being read to. Have them read to you or to their friends!
Read aloud to your kids while they wash the dishes! www.PuttingFamilyFirst.org
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Often when you think
youre at the end of something,
youre at the beginning
of something else.
My hope for all of us
in all the endings
of our life,
we will be able to see
the new beginnings.
Fred Rogers, The World According to
Mr. Rogers / Important Things to Remember
10 Ways to Help Your Child Get Organized Having good organizational skills is a key ingredient for success in school and life. Although some people are by nature more organized than others, anyone can put routines and systems in place to help a child get it together.
Use checklists. Help your child get in the habit of keeping a to do list. Use checklists to post assignments, household chores, and reminders about materials to bring to class. Your child should keep a small pad or notebook dedicated to listing homework. Crossing completed items off the list will give him a sense of accomplishment.
Set a designated study time. your child should know that a certain time every day is reserved for studying and doing homework. The best time is usually not right after schoolmost children benefit from time to unwind first. Include your child in making this decision. Even if she doesnt have homework, the reserved time should be used to review the days lessons, read for pleasure, or work on an upcoming project.
Organize homework assignments. Before beginning a homework session, encourage your child to number assignments in the order in which they should be done. She should start with one thats not too long or difficult, but avoid saving the longest or hardest assignments for last.
Designate a study space. Your child should study in the same place every night. It doesnt have to be a bedroom, but should be a quiet place with few distractions. All school supplies and materials should be nearby. If your young child wants to study with you nearby, youll be better able to monitor his progress and encourage good study habits.
Keep organized notebooks. Help your child keep track of papers by organizing them in a binder or notebook. This will help him review the material for each days classes and to organize the material later to prepare for tests and quizzes.
Use dividers to separate class notes, or color-code notebooks. Separate to do and done folders help organize worksheets, notices, and items to be signed by parents, as well as provide a central place for completed assignments.
Conduct a weekly cleanup. Encourage your child to sort through book bags and notebooks on a weekly basis. Old tests and papers should be organized and kept in a separate file at home.
Create a household schedule. Try to establish and stick to a regular dinnertime and bedtime. Children with a regular bedtime go to
school well-rested. Try to limit TV and computer play to specific periods during the day.
Keep a master calendar. Keep a large, wall-sized calendar for the household, listing the familys commitments, schedules for extracurricular activities, days off from school, and major events at home and school. Note dates when your child has big exams or due dates for projects. This helps everyone keep track of each others activities and avoid scheduling conflicts.
Prepare for the day ahead. Before your child goes to bed, he should pack schoolwork and books in a book bag. The next days clothes should be laid out with shoes, socks, and accessories. This cuts down on morning confusion and creates a smooth morning.
Provide needed support while your child is learning to become more organized. Most important, set a good example!
From the Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities on www.FamilyEducation.com
Its a Date! Looking for a way to strengthen your relationship with your children? Why not schedule
some one-on-one time with them each month a regular date! To make it easy to remember, you might schedule your date on the same day his/her birthday falls. For instance, if your daughters birthday is March 10th, set your dates on the 10th of each month. The dates dont have to be elaborate or expensiveyour undivided attention will be a priceless gift. Try breakfast before school, an evening walk, or afternoon at the park. You decide!
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Too Sick for School? Mom, I dont feel good I need to stay home. How can you tell when
your child is really too sick to go to school, or if shes faking it? Sometimes its hard to be sureespecially if he doesnt have a fever, or if his complaints are vague. Other than just wanting a chill out day at home, she might be avoiding school because
of a test, a bully, or problem with a teacher or coach.
First talk to him about any troubles he might be having. If you think she has anxiety over any of these things, visit www.iMom.com for some tips to help her cope. Know when to seek professional advice; begin with your pediatrician. Early intervention can help kids learn healthy life skills to deal with anxiety.