Volume 4, Issue 1

July 24, 2019

Tutoring, workshops, and resources with a twist! We get students, parents, and schools on the same page.
It is frustrating to spend hours looking for the best academic resources and support and still end up struggling with inefficient routines, inconsistent results, time-consuming efforts, and stress. We have a solution.

Congrats to the winner of the Back-to-School Boot Camp at the Harlem Revive Fair on July 20.

And the winner is . . . Lindsey Torres (ticket number 9970812) 

Stop by our office to claim your prize. See you soon!

This month's theme:

My back-to-school toolkit!

Monthly Planner

Who, What, Where, When! See you there . . .
Your child's school could be next to benefit from our workshop series! Put Angela in contact with your school's decision-makers to discuss how to:
  • Create a school-based executive-function program to help students with Organizing, Prioritizing, Shifting/Thinking Flexibly, Accessing Working Memory, and Self-Monitoring/Self-Checking.
  • Catch up students who are below grade level academically.
  • Provide relevant, functional training for educators and parents in areas such as executive functioning and reading comprehension.
  • Design customized activities and resources for use at home and in the classroom.
Understanding the Different Services from the DOE and OPWDD
Discuss supports and services for children with developmental disabilities. Learn where to get speech therapy and respite care, how to access school and community services, and more. 
  • Event Type: Workshop by INCLUDEnyc
  • Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019
  • Time: 10:00am-11:00am ET
  • Price: Free
  • For more information, click here.
Reset Your Schedule for School: How to Create a Calmer, Happier, Easier Routine
Transition from a less-structured summer to a winning formula for productive mornings during the school year. 
  • Event Type: Webinar by Attitude
  • Date: Thursday, August 29, 2019
  • Time: 1:00pm ET
  • Price: Free
  • For more information, click here.

Featured Video

Lights, Camera, Action!
If you don't implement some of the tips we'll discuss below, you will definitely save time today. What will be the long-term effects if you do?

From work habits to problem-solving skills and the cumulative effects of nutrition and communication, it's impossible to measure the long-term effects of creating a healthy, structured home environment. It's as simple as starting with a backpack routine; watch the video below by Understood.

Back-to-School Tips

Let's learn from our mistakes and from each other. Here's a roundup of some of our best tips.
Let us know if you'd like us to discuss any of these tips in greater detail. We'll dive into the topic in our blog.
Think about last school year’s struggles and how to avoid them this year. 

Here are a few examples:

1)  From now until the school year begins, set up a daily schedule for your child to review subjects and skills with which they struggled, such as multiplication tables, essay writing, etc. Hit the ground running in September!

2)  During the school year, synchronize your household's quiet activities so kids do homework, mom pays bills, and dad does office work at the same time.

3) Purchase school materials tailored to your child's needs and goals.
  • Check out our student planner: Click here
  • Color-code materials by subjects (e.g., If math = red, then you use a red folder, a red notebook, a red binder, etc.)
4)  Create checklists to post around your home. It enhances your child's independence and decreases your nagging (their words, not mine). It might help to post each list in a sheet protector that can be checked off and wiped off.

Health and Wellness

Support habits for a healthy and fulfilling life: good nutrition, adequate sleep, positive thinking, meditation, etc. 

1)  Before the school year begins, get your sleep schedule back on track. Try shifting bedtime and wake-up time a bit each day until you reach your goal.

2)  Speaking of goals; it's the new-year-resolution effect. You and your child set goals for the beginning of the school year and you sometimes get sidetracked along the way. Setting goals is just the beginning. Teach children to check in with themselves to evaluate what worked, what didn't, and to set academic and personal goals accordingly.

3)  Talk! Meal times is a great time for this. Your child may be feeling nervous at the thought of new people, experiences, and challenges as they head back to school. Nervousness is a healthy response to a new situation. Your body's letting you know to keep an eye out for difficulties; a little vigilance can go a long way!
  • Discussing and role-playing challenging school scenarios may help your child prepare. Discuss scenarios using IF / THEN thinking. Doing this ahead of time in a safe environment will help them have certain tools and strategies ready to go, versus having to problem-solve in the heat of the moment when in school.
4)  Teach your child healthy ways to cope with stress. Children should learn to identify when they're feeling overly nervous and use tools to reduce their stress. Here's one of my favorite strategies (hint, you'll need glitter). Click here

Morning Routine

I saved the best for last, since it's a combination of the two categories we've discussed so far and has the potential for setting up your day for success. It's like filling your gas tank to prepare for a long drive. Set up a relaxing, yet functional, morning routine for the whole family.

1)  Before you read on, click on the lion image to see the daily school schedule I made with one of my middle-schoolers.
  • She and I came up with a morning routine that worked for her. FYI, shortly after that, her mother called to thank me for not only getting them out of the house on time on a daily basis but, more importantly, for bringing peace into their mornings.
2)  All family members should check their personal and family calendars to know what to expect throughout the day. While we're on the subject, you should implement morning and evening calendar check-ins to stay on top of tasks and important events.

3)  Set up Grab & Go areas throughout the house to increase independence.

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