by Kara Coleman
The days of summer are no longer stretched out before us with long vacations, fewer rules, and flexible bedtimes. A new school year has started and the pace has changed. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or both, your plate is probably overflowing. But isn’t it like that every September? Isn’t it fascinating how quickly we are able to switch into our old efficiency-driven modes? Hectic morning routines, carpools, long meetings, extra curricular practices, parent-teacher conferences, and homework battles quickly become the norm and we often don’t look back.
Children, especially those in elementary school, are not as experienced with this jarring switch to systematic chaos. With the hustle and bustle of fall, it is easy to forget thatstudents may need a "brush up" on social skills to navigate new and unfamiliar settings with peers, teachers, coaches, and school staff.
Building and maintaining healthy relationships with others should be a priority for teachers and their students. Sure, everyone spends time on rules in those first few days, such as respecting others, but how often are students given the opportunity to practice and refine relationship building skills throughout the school year?Read More