This is a scary time for all of us, and our children are feeling it more than we might realize. Whether or not they understand the things being said in hushed tones around them by the adults in their lives, they can feel the energy we’re all exuding, and in many cases, it’s not positive. Although your preschool children lack the language skills to really comprehend the detail of what’s happening around us, they’re experiencing everything you are.
As the saying goes, "the days are long, but the weeks are short.” That sentiment rings truer as the parent of a young child than it has in any previous time of your life. Before you know it, that brand new cuddly baby is running around with friends on the playground and itching to grow up, whether you like it or not. Eventually, you’ll need to decide what kind of school to send your child to, and there’s no better time than the present to begin having those conversations.
The number of toys available to children these days is absolutely astonishing. And the more of those toys you accumulate the most cost you have to bear. But not every activity for your preschooler has to cost any money at all. Here are four ways you can entertain your children without having to spend a dime.
Whether you’re a stay at home parent or a career mom on the go, sending your child off to school for the first time is liberating and yet still a huge responsibility. If you’re going to send your child to school, you’d hope that they’re learning something while they’re there. While some parents send their children to school without concern, others worry about the impact it has on their kids.
The transition from staying at home with mom or dad, to spending the day in a kindergarten classroom is a huge adjustment for many children. In addition to leaving the comfort of home, children are confronted with a large group of new people, in a new scenario, with new rules, and new activities. That’s a lot for a young child to adjust to.
Sleep is an important part of anyone’s day. It’s the only time when a person’s body and mind truly regenerates, and when your student doesn’t get enough it can have a big impact on their day. This is particularly true of teens who, after a long day of school, aren’t always ready for bed as early as they should be. Regardless of age, it’s important for your student to create healthy sleeping habits as it’s easier than trying to change unhealthy ones later.
Carol Dweck’s research on Growth Mindset has been around for decades, and her book on the topic is nearly ten years old. However, it is just in the last few years that this concept has really begun to take off and become ingrained within school cultures. This powerful concept can have a huge impact on your student’s perception of themselves and their abilities, so it’s important to understand how you can foster and support this mindset.
After giving the public school system a try, some parents decide that a private school is a better fit for their child.
To help this transition go as smoothly as possible, here are a few things that you can expect to find when your child switches from a public to a private school:
1. Smaller classroom size.
One of the driving factors that motivates parents to choose a private education for their children is the smaller classroom size private schools typically offer.
If you're wanting to give your child a private education but are hesitant to do so given the stereotypical high costs, think again. We recently wrote a blog post about this very subject that explains how a private education can actually be the more cost-effective path for your family in the long run.
For most parents, cost does play a role in deciding which private school to send your child to. If you're currently considering your options for a private education in Central Florida, you've likely already made yourself familiar with the tuition and other costs associated with enrollment at these schools.
While some parents are certain that they want to give their children a private education, they choose to wait to do so until the high school years. Perhaps their motivation behind this is that they consider high school to be the "important years" and that the extra pressure of being in a class with high achievers will motivate their children to succeed academically.