Getting Ready to Return to School? Really? It is only July…

summerI know that returning to school is most likely not on your mind at this time. For me, I assumed summer duties a week prior to school ending: things like getting bathing suits in order and buying summer gear which included sun screen and beach toys. I had even heard the roars of my children noting their longing for sleeping in and avoiding nightly curfews. However, experience tells me that summer will go by quickly and the further I allow my family to get away from morning routines the harder they will be to reinstate come the return of school.

So for me, this summer I will be enforcing daily routines. I hope to provide an extra hour of sleep in the morning and replace getting ready for school with some morning chores: making beds, making breakfast, and taking a liesure walk.  Serving early dinners is one of my goals. I am hoping to serve by five and then play board games and cards. To battle the night cries, I have instated all lights out at nine-oclock and have set the family room up with blankets and pillows for light-evening television viewing. My hope and dream is to transition the family easily into the new school year without having to reset our schedules dramatically as we have for years past. My wish is for a peaceful calm summer with an easy transition into the school year. Wish me luck and send me your ideas for summer routine.

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Diana Loiewski has been teaching special needs students for over thirty years. She not only is a classroom high school teacher, she also serves as an administrative designee in IEP meetings, and case work trainer for the military Exceptional Family Member Program. In addition, she presents on special education topics all over the country and is a co author of Individual Education Plan Workbook for Success, and Healthy Relationships a multimedia workbook for special education teens and adults. ___________________________________________________________________ Elizabeth Dominick is the parent of an 18-year-old special needs student. Elizabeth and her husband navigated the special needs odyssey from the time their son was 3 years old to the present. She and her husband have placed their son in both public and private settings and have worked with attorney advocates to get better services. Ultimately, they ended up educating themselves on special education law. Elizabeth is a past reporter and editor and currently writes parent meditations and other articles for iepsurvival.com. __________________________________________________________________ Sharon McCormick is a special education teacher and blogger. She has been in the classroom for over fifteen years. Prior to that time, she worked with emotionally disturbed youth in residential and group home settings. She is clever and creative and enjoys supporting students with special education needs. ___________________________________________________________________________ Renee Tompkins is a graduate of Illinois State University with a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Services. She is an amazing and energetic professional with fifteen years of experience working directly with special needs students. She also serves as a board member of the Special Education Foundation and supports fundraising efforts for teachers within the Poway Unified School District. She is currently employed with the Poway Unified School District and she delivers services to both groups and individuals in the transition program working with adults eighteen-years-- twenty-two years of age. Her current responsibilities include organizing and running a healthy relationship program with both men and women with intellectual disabilities.
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