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August 9, 2021

Family Newsletter – August 2021


In August we begin to think about transitions – transitioning back to school, to new classes and teachers, and transitioning our schedules. For most of us, this is likely the first “traditional” back-to-school in two years – or EVER for our new kindergarteners. While we are optimistic that the school year will be more normal, we still understand that we need to remain flexible. Procedures and recommendations and may change several times over the course of the school year, so give yourself space to accept these challenges and know we are here to support you and your family as best we can!

Here are a few ideas to start now with your child to get them ready for the fall.

  • RESET BEDTIME: With later sun sets and evening s’mores cook outs, summer often brings later bedtimes. Slowly move bedtime earlier by 5 or 10 minutes a day to be sure your child is back to a regular bedtime for school.
  • TALK ABOUT IT: Use open ended questions to understand what they might be looking forward to and what they might be worried about. For older kids, consider a countdown calendar so they have a visual understanding of the upcoming change.
  • PRACTICE INDEPENDENCE: Things like feeding themselves, drinking from a cup, or putting on the jacket are all things that they may be asked to do on their own. Practicing these activities at home will help prepare your child and grow their confidence.
  • DON’T FORGET TO CELEBRATE: Take some time to celebrate your child’s successes – big or small they will love the encouragement and know they can do it again!

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