We are a few weeks into the second semester of Gideon’s first school year!!! Last semester was quite a rollercoaster the last few months of the First semester, with Gideon getting used to a new routine. It was hard and sometimes we got so frustrated because he was STRUGGLING so much with behavior and academics and not always coming home with good days. The school uses a color system (green for a good day, yellow for an okay day, and red for a bad day) to tell parents how the kids did. He was doing great at first getting mainly greens, but then all of a sudden he started getting a few yellows and even got a few reds…YIKES. He wouldn’t get them all the time, but when he did it was always back to back. We were at our wits ends on what was going on and how to help him. Then all of a sudden it seems like something snapped in him. He was out sick for a week with the FLU….sad I know. After being out for a week with the flu he completely turned everything around and got mainly greens from then until school let out for Christmas. He got one yellow at that point, but that was nothing compared to the turn around he had. Not only was doing better and getting greens, he was doing amazingly well academically. At the beginning he was struggling to focus, read, and write, now he is doing so much better that his teacher even met me outside one afternoon when I was picking him up from school to tell me about it. I am so proud of him for this turn around. I know he will not have a perfect year and will have mess ups, but I think we will make it through and he will have a blast. I was super worried as to how this year would be. However now the only thing I worry about is what color he comes home with oh and doing homework. Homework is a topic for another day. I am hoping he continues to do well and enjoys school. He has started struggling again a little bit with his behavior, but I know he will turn it around, we just have to figure out why he is doing it and then work to fix it. I am so blessed to have this little man. I will update again as the year comes to a close. 🙂
Having been through what I have been going through and learning what I need to do and not do to help make sure Gideon has a successful year, I decided to give you all some tips of mine and my husbands that we have been using that have really been helping us.
1. Routine, routine, routine. This is super important. If you do not have a routine with your little one now, start one. I cannot stress enough how hard it was because we did not always stick to a routine. Like with bed time being the same time every night, or reading to him, or even getting a jump start on working with him on his ABC’s and 123’s. Even something as small as eating at the same time everyday or goes a long way in helping with routines.
2. Work with your child before the start school as well as during the year. Like I mentioned start a routine where you add a little “school” time in each day. Don’t stop at letters and numbers. Add colors, shapes, words and others. This will help with the learning process because they will already have a strong foundation in their learning and will help the transition. Keep it going after school starts. Having these routines at school and home all the time will help keep them structured.
3. Mommy’s Day Out, Day School Programs, Daycare. If you can afford it, enroll your child in one of these to start getting them used to a structured environment that is the classroom. Even if they only go a few days a week it will be worth it to get them used to school.
4. Let them game. Believe it or not, video games help teach hand eye coordination, so let them play. However do it in moderation. Do not let them play games all day and do nothing else, this can be a bad thing. Also when you let them play games, have them play some educational games. There are lots of games out there that are free, or don’t cost much, fun and educational. just search educational games in your app store.
5. Play with them. Whether it be outside running around, playing a sport or their choosing, or inside playing with their toys or even their games. You can begin teaching them to play together with others and share the toys or games. Sharing is often a big problem with young children as they want to play with everything they touch and not let anyone else have it.
*These are my top 5 of all time. I have other tips and tricks. If you would like to know them or want me to add them leave a comment in the comment section. Are there any tips or tricks that you use that are not on here? Comment in the comment section and I will add them to the list.