A Seussian Perspective for the New School Year

by Toni Nuzzi

 

You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way! 

In Seminole County, our students have been in school now for several weeks. As parents, we want them to maintain good habits and routines that will positively affect their performance in the classroom. The earlier that good habits and routines are introduced, the more likely it is that they will remain for years to come.

So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember that life is A Great Balancing Act.

Preparing for school the night before can create a stress-free morning. This can allow children to concentrate on eating a solid breakfast, cleaning up, getting dressed, and getting out the door on time. Check to ensure that all homework is completed and that any other vital supplies are packed and ready to go.

You do not like them. So you say. Try them! Try them! And you may.

Healthy habits at home give children the best opportunity for doing well in school. By getting enough rest, the brain receives oxygen, which is important for the body to function. Exercise enhances state of mind, focus, concentration, and memory retention. Healthy food and drink provides the sustenance needed for a good energy level, the capacity to learn and concentrate, the building of strong bones and muscles, and the ability to fight off sickness and infection. 

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. 

Reading is the key to lifelong learning and is critical for children to succeed in school and in life. Reading is important because 1) it develops the mind, 2) it is the means by which we discover new things, and 3) it cultivates imagination.

So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed Kid, you’ll move mountains.

Being organized and having homework routines are essential in developing good study habits. Using 15- or 30-minute increments of time when studying flashcards, reviewing notes, or taking practice tests will prevent the feeling of being overwhelmed or unmotivated. Despite the fact that studying needs to be a top priority in order to be a successful student, it is also important to have a balance with time spent on outside activities, family, and friends.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

Having a strong routine as a child is a precursor to having a strong routine as an adult.  Children need a routine to provide structure and discipline in their young lives. Efficient routines and repetition are the foundations for building good habits. Therefore, developing and sticking with a routine that is parallel to an end goal is one of the surest ways to ensure success.

 

Toni Nuzzi is a junior kindergarten teacher at The Academy of Excellence Heathrow/Lake Mary. She lives in Lake Mary with her husband Rich, her son Joey, and her two dogs Lily and Rain.