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August 2017

Back To School- Tips For School Success

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Going back to school after a long summer break can be stressful for everyone! Granite Bay Speech is here to help you say “GOODBYE” to those lazy summer days, and “HELLO” to juggling homework, music lessons, sports, and social lives. Create a smooth transition to school with our tips and resources. This is part 2 of our BACK TO SCHOOL blog series. If you missed part 1, read it on our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/GraniteBaySpeech) or on our website (http://www.granitebayspeech.com)!

Establish a consistent location at home for backpacks and homework.

Make sure backpacks are filled with essentials and leave it in an obvious place the night before school. Develop a routine for after school activities and homework. Create written checklists to avoid miscommunication. Post daily or weekly schedules using a different color for each child. Use write on wipe off boards for items that change frequently. Hang small white boards to door handles or use Velcro to post at eye level to create a “can’t miss it” reminder.

Agree on a homework schedule.

Establish a set time frame for children to do their homework. Use a timer to set expectations.  Allow your child to sit in a chair, beanbag, or on their bed, as long as they are able to work successfully! Children are individuals and need individual accommodations. Our oldest daughter worked best sitting in her bean bag while listening to music. Our second daughter sat at a desk and preferred her room to be completely quiet and free of distractions; she often used earplugs to help her concentrate. Children need to learn how they learn best and by providing choices we encouraged them to respect their individual needs. Children also need physical breaks to release energy and get the blood flowing! Set a timer and encourage your child to stretch, run or do a crazy dance every 10-20 minutes to maintain maximum attention. Use more frequent breaks if your child is tired. Adjust the time based on age and personality.

Eat protein rather than carbs/sugar.

Avoid the sugar rush and help your child pay attention all morning by providing protein for breakfast. Add proteins to your child’s lunches and snacks; protein provides consistent energy versus carbohydrate and sugar snacks. Here are a few of our favorite snack ideas: Trail mix, slices of turkey and cheese rolled up, beef jerky or carrots with hummus.

Support learning and reduce stress with visual aids and free help from Granite Bay Speech

Use reference cards or reminders to follow the step by step process for completing a task, (“first do __then do__”).  Use Diagrams, Tables and Checklists to break complex tasks into less stressful activities.

Do you need a few tips or want to chat about developmental concerns? Do you need help obtaining therapy services from your school or medical health plan? Call us. We offer free phone consultations for your educational and medical concerns. Individual and group therapy is available at convenient hours.

Visit our wonderful website www.granitebayspeech.com to access tons of free handouts and visual supports! We have spent hundreds of hours designing our website with you in mind! Why spend time going from site to site when we have it all organized for you?

Have a wonderful school year and know we are always just a phone call away to chat with you!

American Family Day, August 6th 2017

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The first Sunday in August was established in 1977 as American Family Day. This day was created as a day for encouraging families to spend time with one another.  We have compiled a list of fun activities for you and your family to enjoy together!

Enjoy some free activities outdoors with a backyard BBQ and campout, find a shady tree and have a picnic in the park, or adventure around Folsom Lake by bike or boat.

Hoping to beat the heat? Try some fun indoor activities! Cook a meal together as a family, go bowling, watch a movie, try ice skating, laser tag, or Sky High!

Below is a list of other activities going on in Roseville for the month of August

August 10– Food Truck Mania 5-9pm

August 18– Friday Flicks (Star Wars – Rogue One) 8pm

August 19– Food Truck Cinema (Toy Story) 9:30pm

August 22– Sensory Storytime 11-11:30am

More details can be found at: http://www.roseville.ca.us/events/

Post on social media using #AmericanFamilyDay to encourage others to join in the fun! Tag us @GraniteBaySpeech to let us know what you are up to!

Making The Transition Back To School

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The stores are all ready for back to school… are you? As the start of school draws near, and back to school commercials frequent your television, it’s time to develop your new back to school game plan. Lazy summer days are gone, and juggling homework, music lessons, sports, and social lives are back. At Granite Bay Speech, we want to help you make the transition back to school and provide you with some tips on how to ensure the start of a great school year.

Add contact information for the school office and teachers to your smart phone and computer.

Before the first day of school check your school’s website or call the office for any important information. Obtain back-to-school checklists, important phone numbers, and e-mails such as the principal’s office number, the nurse’s office, and their teacher.

Establish school bedtime and morning routines one week before school starts.

Start a consistent routine of going to bed and waking up at the same time every day a week before schools starts. Sleep is essential for learning and you don’t want your children snoozing at their desk!

Calm the nerves.

If your child is nervous about starting a new school year, remind them that the other students are nervous too. Remind them about their favorite school subjects or activities; friends, lunch and recess always seem to be at the top of most students’ lists! If your child is starting a new school, try to attend all orientations available. If you are new to the area, walk around the school campus to help your child become familiar with the location of the bathrooms, the office and their classroom. If your child is nervous, volunteer to help his or her teacher decorate the room before the first day of school. Your teacher will appreciate it! In addition, Back to School nights are a great way for you to learn more about how you can support your child at home.

Another great way to calm the nerves and help your child prepare to go back to school is to read some books. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • It’s Time for School, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
  • Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  • The Night Before Kindergarten and The Night Before 1st Grade by Natasha Wing
  • First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
  • Berenstain Bears Go to School by Jan Berenstain

 

Be on the lookout for our next blog which shares more tips and tricks for establishing helpful habits for back to school success!

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