On Getting Smart: “Smart Parents and Back to School Preparations; Supporting Social Learning”

Back to School Readiness by Jennifer MillerOn “Getting Smart” in the Smart Parents series and next week, in the Huffington Post, Education section…

“Smart Parents and Back to School Preparations: Supporting Social Learning”

It begins…

After the first week of school, I walked my seven year old son home along with one of his friends for a playdate. As we talked I asked, “What can you tell me about second grade so far?” expecting to hear about their new teachers or the greatness (or awfulness) of gym class. Instead they jumped right into discussing friendships and how certain classmates were treating one another unfairly. “Simon tells me to shut up.” said my son’s friend. “Yeah, and he wouldn’t let me in his four square game at recess.” my son added. And they volleyed back and forth with their concerns about the behaviors of their classmates. The interactions with their friends were foremost on their minds before teachers or classes. Consider your own conversations with your children about their first days and weeks back to school. Do you notice social and emotional concerns? How have you prepared to support your children’s social and emotional learning this school year? Read full article.

In this article, you’ll find simple, practical ideas to use this school year to support your child’s social and emotional skill building at home.

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