STORY TIME IS BEGINNING!

 

STORY TIME IS BEGINNING

 

Story times will be starting in September.  The first story time at the Dillsboro Library  will be Tuesday, September 4 at 10:30. The first story times at the Aurora Library will be Wednesday, September 5 at 10:30 and 1:00.

NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. You will be asked to complete a short form at your first story time.   Story times will continue every Tuesday (at Dillsboro) and Wednesday (at Aurora) through December 19.

During the month of September we will cover the topics of water, the five senses, seeds, and the season of fall. We look forward to seeing you at the library for story time.

 

BACK TO SCHOOL! ALREADY??? PART 4

Bedtime – try to keep the same bedtime for your child throughout the school year.  Start now by making bedtime a little earlier each night. By the time school starts, your child will be back to a bedtime that will make it easier to get up and going in the morning.

 As much as possible, try to keep the same bedtime over the weekend and during school breaks. Students need to be well rested in order to do their best at school. Make sure you tell your child what the bedtime will be during the school year.  Look at a clock and help your child to know what the clock will look like at the given bedtime (digital and analog clocks). Webmd ( https://www.webmd.com/ ) recommends that children 6 to 13 years old get 10 to 11 hours of sleep each night and children 14 to 17 years old get 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night.

Most importantly, spend time reading a book together.  The library has a great selection of books you can read with your child. You can read a chapter book together with your older children and a picture book with younger children.

 

BEDTIME ROUTINE
Check alarm clock
Lay out clothes for the next day
Take a bath
Brush your teeth
Read a Story
Get a drink
Go to the bathroom
Go to bed at the set bedtime

 

         

BACK TO SCHOOL! ALREADY??? PART 3

 

Before Bed – again, routine is essential.  Have your child lay out his/her clothes for the next day.  Have your child pack his/her lunch (if they will be packing lunch for the next day at school) before going to bed and put it in the refrigerator.  Make sure your child has put his/her backpack by the door with all the necessary items for the next day at school (i.e. homework, library books, musical instrument, etc.).  

During the colder months, make sure your child has a coat and other outer wear appropriate for the weather next to the backpack.

Your child should also lay out the clothes that he/she will wear to school the next day (this will save time in the morning).

 

 

BEFORE BED
Pack lunch for the next day
Backpack and all supplies by the door
Coat, hat, gloves by the door
Clothes laid out for the next day

Check out this book from the library to help with healthy lunches.

BACK TO SCHOOL! ALREADY??? PART 2

Again, routines are essential for keeping a household running smoothly. Routines are necessary and helpful for children.

 

After School – once your child is at home from school, there should be a routine.  Establish what order your child will do these things: snack, homework, play time, reading time, taking a bath, etc.  When it is time for homework, make sure your child has all the necessary supplies easily available for the homework, pencils and a small pencil sharpener, glue, scissors, and crayons.  Keeping an additional school box at home with these supplies will make it easier to complete daily homework or work that is missed when a child is absent from school.

 

AFTER SCHOOL ROUTINE
snack
homework
play time
supper

 

       

BACK TO SCHOOL! ALREADY??? PART 1

How can you make the transition of going back to school easier for your household?  Start with establishing routines. Kids really do need and like structure and routine. They may fight you on it, but they really do need and want it!

 

Morning – have your child set an alarm clock.  Keep the alarm set for the same time each morning.  Make sure the wake up time will allow enough time for your child to get ready in the morning.  Once your child is awake, have him/her follow the morning routine each day. For example: get dressed, brush teeth, comb hair, eat breakfast, go out for the bus with the backpack and lunchbox (if your child has packed a lunch for school).

It is helpful to make a sign for your child with the routines listed.

 

 

MORNING ROUTINE
Get out of bed
Get dressed
Brush your teeth
Comb your hair
Eat breakfast
Get lunchbox out of fridge (if packing)
Gather your backpack (put on a coat if the weather is cold).
Watch for the bus

These books can be checked out at the library.