BACK TO SCHOOL TIME

Posted: 11/10/2012 in Uncategorized

This article was originally published in Caribbean Today Magazine

BACK TO SCHOOL TIME

By JASON WALKER

Jason Walker is a freelance writer for Caribbean Today Magazine who has had an award winning journalism career that spans 20 years. He can be followed on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/jasonwalker_ or emailed at jasonarticle@gmail.com 

It’s that time again. The time of mad rushes to get all the items our children need for the purpose of higher education. The time when we have long lists of supplies necessary for the advancement of children’s development.  Parents will descend on stores across the land in a modern day re-enactment of the gold rush. “Do I have the list of the right items?” “Do I have enough money for all these items?” “What else can I get to help my child?” How do I make my money stretch”?

As I enter my 3rd year of this very important parental rite of passage I am found at a loss as to the formulaic path that one should take. So in an effort I began asking other parents if they could help me in such a quest.

After asking several parents I actually did not get much response however after a while I did get a few gems of wisdom that I wish to share with you. In no way is this list exhaustive and I even encourage you to go to our Caribbean Today website www.caribbeantoday.com, Caribbean Today page on Facebook and our account on Twitter and share your gems and opinions.

One of the first gems I received came from my wife Jamarah Amani who said simply “start early!” When she refers to starting early she is not just talking about beginning a couple months before school starts getting things together but even at the end of the school semester prior, have conversations with teachers to find out what to expect in the following season so as a parent you are in a position to involve your child in activities, projects, and scholastic endeavours that support your child’s success in the upcoming semester. Find creative ways at home and where ever your child is for the summer that engages them in areas that prepare them for school.

Some more wisdom came from another parent Debi Adam. She stated that for Kindergartners parents should “get their backpacks monogrammed or labeled well since there are bound to be a lot of duplicates”. She also shared that one should be an eco-shopper and hit consignment stores for great deals on clothes. She also suggests that if a parent has eased up on bedtime during the summer, the parent needs to make sure to get back on routine a week before school starts to reset your child’s body clock. Prepare yourself to pack healthy lunches for your child.

Tanya Ragbeer, a South Florida mother, and she reminds us to take advantage of the tax-free holiday where clothing, shoes, and all kinds of school supplies under $75 are free of tax. The tax-free holiday in Florida runs from August 3-August 5 and in Georgia August 10-11. Another SF mother Jarene Williams volunteered the fact that the dates are some organizations and churches will be having Back To School giveaways and drives. So check your local churches or community newspapers for such info. I have a few listed below.

Finally I picked up some wisdom in my research that focuses on the child.  From what I could glean here are some things that would be good ideas. Parents should help their child develop the skill of concentration. When they are doing homework or school related activities there should distraction and interruptions should be at a minimum. Children need to learn self-motivation when it comes to their work. Find a way tap into their self-interests and align them with success in school.

Another skill to teach is prioritization. To be frank a lot of adults need to learn this too. We all need to make sure our energies are appropriately focused on the most important things. In the case of our children doing this with their schoolwork will bring about powerful results. Two more skills to teach our children as they enter a new school semester is time management and organization.

 

Trinity Church is hosting a Back to School Bash Saturday, August 18, 2012, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.The event will be held at 17801 N.W. 2nd Avenue, Miami, 33169.

 

Jason Walker is a freelance writer for Caribbean Today Magazine who has had an award winning journalism career that spans 20 years. He can be followed on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/jasonwalker_ or emailed at jasonarticle@gmail.com

Tanya Ragbeer Aug 3-5 is Florida’s tax-free holiday where clothing, shoes, school supplies, etc. under $75 are free of tax.

 

Preschool

1 art smock

Change of clothes for spills or accidents

2 freezer packs for lunch boxes

1 lunch bag or lunch box

Packaged hand wipes (slip them into lunch boxes for wiping dirty hands before snack time)

Packaged snacks (healthy choices include pretzels, nuts—if allowed—and dried fruit)

Plastic crayon keeper or box to store craft projects

Plastic drink container with flip top to stop spills before they happen

Pocket tissue packs

Resealable gallon-sized plastic bags for taking home craft projects

Shoes with slip-proof soles to prevent hallway spills

Small umbrella

Elementary School

1 art smock

1 backpack large enough to fit a lunch box, folders, and supplies

1 box of crayons (16-count)

1 pack of washable markers (8-count)

1 bottle of glue (8 ounces)

4 glue sticks

2 freezer packs for lunch boxes

Packaged hand wipes (slip them into lunch boxes for wiping dirty hands before snack time)

Hooded waterproof jacket for drizzly days on the playground

1 large pink eraser

1 lunch bag or lunch box

4 No. 2 pencils

Packaged snacks (healthy choices include pretzels, nuts—if allowed—and dried fruit)

Plastic crayon keeper or box to store craft projects

Plastic drink container with flip top to stop spills before they happen

Plastic toolbox to store scissors, glue, and other supplies

4 folders with pockets

Pocket tissue packs

1 pair of safety scissors

Shoes with slip-proof soles to prevent playground accidents

1 small pencil sharpener

Small umbrella

Resealable gallon-sized plastic bags for taking home craft projects

 

Middle School

Agenda or planner to keep track of homework assignments

Backpack

Binder dividers

1 binder per subject

Compass (one without a sharp metal point will be the safest)

1 folder per subject for handouts

2 highlighters in different colors

1 pack of No. 2 pencils (12-count)

Loose-leaf paper (wide-ruled)

Pens

Protractor

Ruler

Mini stapler

1 three-subject spiral notebook

Zip drive or USB drive to save work done on home and school computers

High School

Agenda or planner to keep track of homework assignments

Backpack

Binder dividers

1 binder per subject

1 folder per subject for handouts

Calculator, if allowed

2 highlighters in different colors

1 pack of No. 2 pencils (12-count)

Loose-leaf paper (college-ruled or wide- ruled)

2 packages of 1/4-inch graph paper

Pens

Ruler

Mini stapler

1 three- or five-subject spiral notebook

Zip drive or USB drive to save work done on home and school computers

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