This time of year involves a lot of transition for students especially for adolescents. Adolescence is a time of transition. In early adolescence children are transitioning from primary to secondary school and they later transition from their adolescent high school years to becoming an adult. For this week’s episode of a child’s life we are going to look at the transition time between moving from primary school to secondary school.
In early adolescence there are a lot of changes. Children moving from primary to secondary school often experience the top-dog phenomenon. They have gone from being in the top position in primary school where they were the oldest, biggest and most powerful students in the school – to the lowest position where they are the youngest, smallest and least powerful students in the school. This is one of the reasons that the first year of high school can be very difficult for some students. For some,, this may affect their self-esteem. There are generally 3 categories of changes during this time: physically, cognitively and socially.
September is here! Here are this week's writing prompts to help get your students/children into writing again!
We are ready to go! Back to school can be a busy times for many. It is no different for our teachers, who all happen to be moms themselves. We took this week to get settled in our lives and get our kids settled in theirs.
Next week we begin the 2018-2019 academic year. At Learn and Lead we are committed to helping all our students in the Specialized Tutoring Program reach their potential. Our mission is to provide a confidential, caring, compassionate and creative environment in which they will thrive!
So have a great weekend, and we will see you next week!
This week’s episode of a Child’s Life is for those of you who have older children who have just graduated from high school or college and are planning to leave the Turks and Caicos Islands for school. Although your children are likely considered adults, at the end of the day, you know that a parent’s role does not end when their children reach adulthood!
This time of transition is a very important one. Just like transition into high school, transition into college or university is an important time in an individual’s life. When a student chooses to leave home and migrate to another country for school, there is often even more anxiety and uncertainty.
So what is the best way to deal with this anxiety and uncertainty? Help your child to be prepared as best as possible. Never underestimate the importance of preparation. Although we cannot prepare for all the challenges they will likely face, if you have taken the time to make sure they have left with all the information they need, and that as much ground work as possible has been done in order to ensure a smooth transition, the rest is to be left to the powers that be.
We hope that you have had a great summer holiday! We have been closed for much of the month of August and we are looking forward to being back in full swing from the second week of September.
For parents who have children in our Specialized Tutoring program, we will be beginning classes the week of September 10th. You can expect to receive you Returning Student Registration package at the beginning of next week. This will outline your child's start date, fee information and all the other necessary details to get back into the swing of things.
We are also excited to offer our Parent workshops again! As a mom myself, I did need to take a little time off of some of the extras to re-group, and am happy to be able to begin offering these workshops again. We are going to kick of the beginning of this academic year with 'Creating A Dynamic Home Learning Environment." We will also be offering a workshop for educators and a soft skill training session. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details!
I’m sure many of you have some very excited children at home. They are enjoying being able to sleep in, to attend camp, or just not having a rigid schedule.
Summer is soooo needed. It’s a welcome time for children to take a break from the daily school schedule and have some down time. Now, summer time does not mean that there is a complete halt of learning! Did you know that over the summer some students lose up to 60% of the reading and math skills they learned during the year? (scholastic.com) Many people refer to this as seasonal brain drain. Research has shown that many teachers spend between 4 – 6 weeks re-teaching materials that students have forgotten over the summer. (today)?? Although everyone needs a break, students that spend some time on their basic reading, writing and maths skills fare better in the long run.
For the next two episodes, we are going to look at how you can make summer learning fun and avoid summer learning loss.
Last week we began a two-part series on Preparing for the Hurricane Season. We looked at what we should do as parents before a storm and how to keep our children in the loop.
Like us, children like to know what is happening. If our children, especially those of school age, can understand what is going to happen when we are preparing for a storm, they will be less anxious if they actually have to see us jump into motion.
So in today’s episode we are going to discuss what to do during and after a storm.
During a Hurricane
It will be important to answer any questions your children have as they may be a little on edge. Your children’s reaction depends a great deal on their temperament. Some children will not even flinch at a sign of bad weather, but others will become worried. Children are often looking at their parents in order to know how to react; therefore staying calm is likely to help keep your children calm.
During the storm you will want to listen to media broadcasts during updates, but be sure to keep an eye on your children. The constant replaying of the same information and images can be overwhelming for children, so you will want to keep this in mind.
If I say the word ‘Irma’ I think everyone in the Turks and Caicos Islands knows what I will be talking about today. As we enter Hurricane Season, I am going to devote the next two episodes to talking about Hurricane Preparedness and how it relates to our children.
June- too soon.
July-- stand by!
August—look out you must.
October, all over.
This jingle reminds us that the Hurricane season is here. Although we all hope for a very calm and uneventful hurricane season, it is important to be prepared. Being prepared, not only means getting your supplies at your house in order, but also taking the time to speak to your children about the season. This week, as we start in Part 1 of Preparing for Hurricane Season, we look at what to do before a hurricane.
The easiest way to explain it to young children is that hurricanes are serious storms. They are tropical storms that form in bodies of water. Hurricanes gather heat and energy through evaporation and convection of warm ocean waters.
Yolande Robinson, B.Ed. M.Ed, the owner of Learn and Lead Educational Center, has a passion for educating and sharing knowledge. She is a wife and a mother of three. For more from Yolande, visit www.yolanderobinson.com.