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Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement and anxiety. Help calm your child’s fears (and your own) with these teacher-approved tips.
Meet the new teacher
For kids, one of the biggest back-to-school fears is “Will I like my new teacher?” Breaking the ice early on is one of the best ways to calm everyone’s fears. Take advantage of your school’s open house or back-to-school night. Some teachers welcome phone calls or emails — another great opportunity to get to know each other before the year begins.
If personal contact with the teacher isn’t possible, try locating the teacher’s picture on a school website or in a yearbook, so your child can put a name with a face. If your child’s teacher sends a welcome letter, be sure to read the letter together.
Tour the school
If your school hosts an open house, be sure to go. Familiarizing your child with her environment will help her avoid a nervous stomach on the first day. Together you can meet her teacher, find her desk, or explore the playground. With an older child, you might ask him to give you a tour of the school. This will help refresh his memory and yours.
Connect with friends
A familiar friend can make all the difference when heading back to school. You might try calling parents from last year’s class and finding out which children are in your child’s class this year. Refresh these relationships before school starts by scheduling a play date or a school carpool.
Obtain the class supply list and take a special shopping trip with your child. Having the right tools will help them feel prepared. While keeping basic needs in mind, allow for a couple of splurges like a cool notebook or a favorite-colored pen. These simple pleasures make going back to school a lot more fun.
School supply lists also provide great insight into the schoolwork ahead. Get your child excited about upcoming projects by explaining how new supplies might be used. Let them practice using supplies that they are not used before — such as colored pencils or a protractor — so they will be comfortable using them in class.
Avoid last-minute drilling
When it’s almost time to stop playing, give a five-minute warning. Giving clear messages to your child is very important.
Chat about today’s events and tomorrow’s plans
While it is important to support learning throughout the summer, don’t spend the last weeks of summer vacation reviewing last year’s curriculum. All kids need some downtime before the rigors of school begin. For some kids, last-minute drills can heighten anxiety, reminding them of what they’ve forgotten instead of what they remember.
Ease into the routine
Switching from a summer to a school schedule can be stressful to everyone in the household. Avoid first-day-of-school mayhem by practicing your routine a few days in advance. Set the alarm clock, go through your morning rituals, and get in the car or to the bus stop on time. Routines help children feel comfortable, and establishing a solid school routine will make the first day of school go much smoother.
Get off to a great start of the school year by implementing the suggested strategies below:
Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework starting at a young age. Children need a consistent workspace in their bedroom or another part of the home that is quiet, without distractions, and promotes study.
Schedule ample time for homework; build this time into choices about participation in after-school activities.
By high school, it's not uncommon for teachers to ask students to submit homework electronically and perform other tasks on a computer. If your child doesn't have access to a computer or the internet at home, work with teachers and school administration to develop appropriate accommodations.
Be available to answer questions and offer assistance but never do a child's homework for them.
Take steps to help alleviate eye fatigue, neck fatigue and brain fatigue while studying. It may be helpful to close the books for a few minutes, stretch and take a break periodically when it will not be too disruptive.
If your child is struggling with a particular subject, speak with your child's teacher for recommendations on how you or another person can help your child at home or at school. If you have concerns about the assignments your child is receiving, talk with their teacher.
If your child is having difficulty focusing on or completing homework, discuss this with your child's teacher, school counselor or health care provider.
For general homework problems that cannot be worked out with the teacher, a tutor may be considered.
Some children need extra help organizing their homework. Checklists, timers and parental supervision can help overcome homework problems.
Some children may need help remembering their assignments. Work with your child and their teacher to develop an appropriate way to keep track of their assignments – such as an assignment notebook.
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Bullying or cyberbullying is when one child picks on another child repeatedly. Bullying can be physical, verbal or social. It can happen at school, on the playground, on the school bus, in the neighborhood, over the internet or through mobile devices like cellphones.
When Your Child Is Bullied
Alert school officials to the problems and work with them on solutions.
Teach your child to be comfortable with when and how to ask a trusted adult for help. Ask them to identify who they can ask for help.
Recognize the serious nature of bullying and acknowledge your child's feelings about being bullied.
Help your child learn how to respond by teaching your child how to: 1. Look the bully in the eye. 2. Stand tall and stay calm in a difficult situation. 3. Walk away.
Teach your child how to say in a firm voice. 1. "I don't like what you are doing." 2. "Please do NOT talk to me like that."
Encourage your child to make friends with other children.
Support outside activities that interest your child.
Make sure an adult who knows about the bullying can watch out for your child's safety and well-being when you cannot be there.
Monitor your child's social media or texting interactions so you can identify problems before they get out of hand.
Set firm and consistent limits on your child's aggressive behavior.
Help your child learn empathy for other children by asking them to consider how the other child feels about the way your child treated them. Ask your child how they would feel if someone bullied them.
Be a positive role mode. Show children they can get what they want without teasing, threatening or hurting someone.
Use effective, nonphysical discipline, such as loss of privileges.
Focus on praising your child when they behave in positive ways, such as helping or being kind to other children as opposed to bullying them.
Develop practical solutions with the school principal; teachers; school social workers or psychologists; and parents of the children your child has bullied.
When Your Child Is a Bystander
Encourage your child to tell a trusted adult about the bullying. Encourage your child to join with others in telling bullies to stop.
Help your child support other children who may be bullied. Encourage your child to include these children in activities.
Through a grant from Entergy, the Baton Rouge Zoo is happy to be offering Project ARK: Animals Reaching Kids program for grades first to fifth for schools in East Baton Rouge Parish during the 2022/2023 school year for FREE!
Project ARK focuses on STEM education. The program offers off-site services to schools with hands-on encounters with education animal ambassadors and interactive programming that all complements the existing science curriculum. Options of theme include “Web of Life,” “Native Neighbors” or "Animal Senses."
We highly recommend scheduling up to three programs back to back, enabling the zoo to maximize the number of classes it can reach. Programs are around 45-minutes long. Class size should be limited to 35 students.
To schedule your visit or for more information on pricing, please complete a request form. Forms must be submitted at least two weeks in advance.
The Zoo Mobile is available in the months of November, December, January and February.
Get FREE Legal Counsel with the Ask-A-Lawyer Program. Adults can come to the Library to take advantage of individual counseling sessions offered by the Pro Bono Project of the Baton Rouge Bar Association. Area attorneys will be available for one-on-one, 15-minute sessions for legal advice on a first-come, first-served basis for advice on noncriminal matters involving family, consumer, housing, Social Security, employment, education and succession law. There will be an opportunity to attend this program each month during 2022.
See dates and branches below. Times are always 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
ABCs of Parenting Fun
By Jill Rigby Garner
It’s the little things that count. Nothing reminds me of this simple truth more than watching a young child play outside. That sense of wonder. That expression of surprise. That little mouth opened wide at the discovery of a new treasure of great worth — a rock!
How many times have you witnessed a child open a package, pull out the gift and then, without hesitation, lay the gift aside to pull on the ribbon and tear the paper? And what about the request to read the same book twice every night for weeks? (It makes me wonder if we’re guilty of teaching our children to want more as they grow up.)
When my oldest niece was 10 years old, her favorite pastime was laughter. If I sat down in her presence, she climbed in my lap and said, “Let’s laugh, OK?” Her giggles and silly faces continued until I joined her. No one blessed with her request could resist her spontaneous joy.
With the pressures of adulthood, we often lose the pleasures of childhood. Do yourself a favor and delight your children at the same time by being a kid every day in some small way. Your children need more of the little things and less of the big things.
It’s as simple as the ABCs:
Always smile — it helps you feel better when you don’t feel like it.
Blow bubbles — walk in the house with a bottle of bubbles in hand.
Color in a coloring book — instead of reading one night, get out the crayons.
Draw a self-portrait — let the children put your picture on the refrigerator.
Eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with milk for supper.
Finger paint — yes, use your fingers, not brushes.
Giggle — until your sides ache.
Hide and Seek — ask your kids to play before they ask you.
Ice cream cones for everybody.
Jump rope — learn the double Dutch.
Kick a can down the street.
Look up —watch the stars at night and the clouds in the day.
Musical chairs — rearrange the chairs after supper and turn on the music.
No TV—just don’t turn it on!
Old-fashioned hopscotch — draw the diagram on the driveway.
Paper airplanes — challenge the kids to a contest.
Questions — ask silly, silly questions.
Race around the block.
Scissors, rock, paper.
Take a walk without your watch.
Ventriloquism, try it! — it’s not as hard as it seems.
Walk barefoot in the grass.
Xylophone, if you dare! Kids love this instrument.
Yodel, try it! — this is as hard as it seems.
Zoo animal sounds — challenge the kids to a contest.
From our hearts to yours,
Wise Ol’ Wilbur and the Manners of the Heart team
Learning at home is key to successful school-family-community partnerships. Learning at home is involving families with their children in learning activities at home, including homework; other curriculum-related activities; and individual course and program decisions.
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Baton Rouge-area residents interested in first-time or new homeownership can learn how to build credit to purchase a new home and navigate the homebuying process during Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation’s homebuyer seminar on Aug. 20. The seminar will be held at St. Mary Baptist Church in Baton Rougefrom 10 a.m. to noon. UREC is hosting the seminar in partnership with Red River Bank. Interested attendees are invited to REGISTER HERE.
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Parent Power is a publication of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System
The East Baton Rouge Parish School System and all of its entities (including Career and Technical Education Programs) do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, national origin, disability or gender in its educational programs and activities (including employment and application for employment); and it is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of gender by Title IX (20 USC 168) and on the basis of disability by Section 504 (42 USC 794). The Title IX coordinator is Andrew Davis, director of Risk Management (ADavis6@ebrschools.org, 225-929-8705). The Section 504 coordinator is Elizabeth Taylor Chapman, director of Exceptional Student Services (ETaylor@ebrschools.org., 225-929-8600. The Title II coordinator is Dr. Sandra Bethley, administrative director of Federal Programs (SBHorton@ebrschools.org, 225-922-5538.
All students have an opportunity to participate in Career and Technical Programs of Study, including but not limited to areas of health care; construction crafts and trades; automotive technology; IT computer technology; culinary programs; criminal justice; and agriculture. Admission requirements for each course can be found in the student course guide/schedule packet of the individual campus where the course is being offered. Please contact the guidance counselor at the specific school site for additional information, program requirements and/or any questions you may have.
Dr. Sito Narcisse, Superintendent of Schools
Letrece Griffin, Chief of Communications & Public Relations