Begin as you mean to go on. Good advice for life. Great advice for the start of school.
And, although our children would like to believe otherwise, another school year is just around the corner!
Setting a positive tone for a successful school year is essential. So, we’ve collected the best tips to alleviate anxiety as the big day draws near:
Nice to meet you. Most “Meet the Teacher Nights” take place in early August. And, this is the one event you must not miss. For younger children, especially, meeting the teacher in advance of the first day of school …
Mandela Day is an annual, global call to action for citizens of the world to take up the challenge and follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, a man who transformed his life, served his country, and freed his people.
And, this July 18 marks 100 years since the birth of Mandela. The Centenary is an occasion to reflect on his life and legacy, and to follow his call to “make of the world a better place.”
Mandela followed three rules throughout his life: Free yourself. Free others. Serve every day.
At Back to Basics, we bbelieve that everyone has …
Piles of math worksheets. Mountains of required reading. Memorizing the entire periodic table, the various Kings of England, and conjugations of the Spanish verb “to be?” It’s no wonder kids are exhausted by the end of the school year! But, smart parents know that kids can’t simply “take off” from learning all summer long.
In fact, summer is the perfect opportunity for kids to learn something new. Long, uninterrupted blocks of pressure-free time create an ideal atmosphere, absent of the rote memorization and test anxiety that are all too common during the school year. And, parents can use these free …
According to the National Association for Gifted Children, “Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude or competence in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports).” And, gifted children will exhibit many, if not most, of the following characteristics:
- Unusual alertness, even in infancy
- Rapid learner; puts thoughts together quickly
- Excellent memory
- Unusually large vocabulary and complex sentence structure for age
- Advanced comprehension of word nuances, metaphors and abstract ideas
- Enjoys solving problems, especially with