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If we lived in a beautiful, quaint, New England community I would be writing something along the lines of “Welcome to fall” and “Isn’t it beautiful now that the trees are changing colors, yada, yada, yada.” However, we are not in New England, and so here in lovely Southern California, we are just hoping to go from scorching hot summer to rain! This is a special time for many of us as our kids are heading back (or already are back) to school! During the summer, I see firsthand with my own kids how some of the learning and motivation starts to wane by August, and ramping that back up is a challenge. Those who are receiving this newsletter are either currently clients or have worked through an issue with us in the past. How are you doing with your “homework” and motivation? Still staying strong, or have things drifted off a bit? Don’t be discouraged; it’s never too late to get going again.
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From homecoming dances and Friday night football games to hours spent playing Block Dude on your TI-84 graphing calculator, high school is sure to leave you with plenty of fond memories. But no matter what kind of student you were, we’re willing to bet you aren’t too nostalgic for all the time and energy spent on nightly homework assignments. Still, if you’re the parent of a high schooler, you should consider spending a little time helping your student hit the books. This is easier said than done. When your kids are young, helping them with their education can be as simple as having them read aloud to you. But homework gets significantly more challenging in the high school years. You’d be forgiven for not being able to answer your student’s questions about calculus, mitosis, or the meaning of a Shakespearean monologue. However, there are many great direct and indirect ways you can help your high schooler study effectively. S et a schedule . First and foremost, you should help your high schooler set aside clear blocks of time for homework and studying. This will help your child establish a routine, which leaves less time for hemming and hawing before getting started. It can also prevent your student from putting off long-term assignments until the last minute, resulting in less stress and a better night’s sleep before a big test or presentation. The great thing about setting a schedule is that it is a teachable moment in itself. Consider letting your high schooler be the one to plan out the details of their schedule. Giving them this responsibility will underscore multiple organizational skills, including the importance of planning ahead and setting attainable goals. They may find that they didn’t set aside enough
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- Mark Nowlin
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