Back to School: 6 Things Your Child’s Teacher Wants You to Know

Back to school: what a teacher wants you to know | SimpleKids.net
The following post was written by contributor Emily. I felt like it was timely to republish as we prepare to head back to school this year.

The time is upon us again. Back to School is in full swing across the country. As you are gathering your supplies and shopping for new clothes, I wanted to share some thoughts on heading back to school from a teacher’s perspective.

Your child’s teacher might not share these things with you, but I can assure you, they will be thinking them!

6 Tips for Heading Back to School

1. View This Year as a Clean Slate

Last year your child may have had their very favorite teacher (or maybe not-so-favorite). Regardless of the previous teacher, look at this new year as a chance to start fresh.

Your new teacher will probably be different than last year’s so give your child some time to adjust to different expectations and routines. [Read more…]

Ages and stages: age four

Lucy, age four | SimpleKids.netAmelia, my youngest child, is going to turn four at the end of this week and it has me nostalgic for the last time we had a four year old in the house. Please enjoy this post from 2012, when Lucy was four years old.

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There’s a magical little creature who lives at our house.  She’s very shy around strangers, but around her family she lights up the room and is sometimes the noisiest child in this large family of ours.

She makes up stories and plays games.  She has a vivid imagination.  She loves horses and the color purple and baby dolls. She makes entire farms out of paper plates and magic markers. She dances and sings yet also likes to sit quietly with a stack of picture books.  She wears twirly dresses and silky capes and also Batman pajamas and a pirate’s eye patch.

This magical creature’s name is Lucy and she’s my four year old daughter.

“Four is, indeed, highly versatile.  What can he not do?  He can be quiet or noisy, calm or assertive, cozy or imperious, suggestible or independent, social, athletic, artistic, literal, fanciful, cooperative, indifferent, inquisitive, forthright, humorous, dogmatic.  He is many people in one.”  – Your Four Year Old: Wild and Wonderful by Louise Bates Ames, PhD.

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Make a difference in a child’s life (walking for Love 146 update)

The Fleck family | SimpleKids.net

We love walking! We are blessed to live in an area that is foot traffic friendly. Getting outdoors for a long walk around town or heading to the woods for a hike are some of our favorite family times, plus we really love getting in some extra exercise this way. Hooray for family fitness!

This summer, the kids and I have even more incentive than usual to walk. We have extra pep in our steps because we’re raising money for Love146 and have pledged to walk 146 miles this summer in order to raise awareness and funds for the fight against child trafficking.

I love the idea of Tread on Trafficking because it gives us something we can do to help. Our steps, and the generous donations to Love 146, make a difference in the life of a child and helps protect vulnerable boys and girls all over the world.

This is a lesson I hope my kids learn and take to heart. There is something they can do. There are ways to help. And, even as children, they can make a difference, too.

The kids and I would love your support! We’ve never done anything like this before and we’re half way through the summer but not quite half way to our goals for miles walked or money raised. We’re feeling challenged but optimistic.

June Fleck Feet for Love 146 update | SimpleKids.net

We are hoping the improved weather improves our efforts with the miles walked. We appreciate prayers, good thoughts, and encouragement as we work toward our financial goal.

If you feel moved to donate, you can do so at our fund raising page here. Thank you!