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A fresh start: Making the most of a new school year

by Gretchen McIntosh

I always look forward to the beginning of a new school year.  It is a great opportunity to make a fresh start.  Students benefit from a clean slate to embark on an energetic move toward skill improvement.  Parents have a chance to make a fresh start with regard to their children’s health and education.

A child’s physical well-being has a large impact on his or her ability to excel in school.  Juliana Goodwin from News-Leader.com reminds parents to keep children on an established bedtime routine, make sure their children stay hydrated, even if that means taking a water bottle to school, and teach children about portion control while providing well-balanced meals.  

            Start the new school year off right by making a stronger commitment to your child’s education.  Katherine Rannie reminds us that children benefit greatly from parental involvement in their education.  Some of these benefits include, but are not limited to, better attendance, better in-school behavior, more consistently completed homework, and greater achievement gains in math and reading. 

Start out the school year knowing what your child is prepared for and what he or she still needs to learn.  Let’s Go Learn’s Diagnostic Online Reading Assessment (DORA) and Diagnostic Online Math Assessment (DOMA) provide parents with immediate information about their children’s reading and math skills and offer instructional recommendations which speak to individual children’s needs.  Seize the opportunity to make this the best school year yet!

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