Time for School
Volume 1 Number 5 January, 2007
Dr. Stanley's "Time for
School Year's Resolutions" and the Reading Calendar are a
monthly feature of the Department of Childhood Education,
University of North Florida, 4567 Saint Johns Bluff Road,
South, Jacksonville, FL 32224, firstname.lastname@example.org,
by Nile Stanley, Ph.D.
Chair, Childhood Education
According to a survey by Time for
Kids, the top New Year's Resolutions have been:
- Get better grades
- Be nicer to my brother/sister
- Eat less junk food
- Get more sleep
- Get more exercise
Ask your child to write his/her five
resolutions. "Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it
can achieve" wrote Napoleon Hill. High achievers get behind
the helm of their lives and set a course for a definite
destination, for they know "where there's a will there's an
A." Underachievers, on the other hand, don't set goals for the
school year and are like ships without rudders and will end up
helplessly adrift. Many people spend more time thinking about
a menu or what songs to download on their iPod then they do
planning their own futures or their children's. Now is the
time to take out a sheet of paper and state your game plan and
goals. A good place to start is to write down the titles of
twenty-five books you and your child plan to read this year. I
polled local educators and asked them what school year's
resolutions they wished parents should make and keep. Here's
what teachers wish parents would resolve to do for their
- Get to school on time.
- Have nutritious breakfast.
- Be well rested.
- Be respectful of the teacher and
- Be eager to learn.
If you want to learn more about how to
succeed, be a winner, and have your child have a bright future
as in a college scholarship, read/listen to these energizing
Denis Waitley (2005). The Psychology
of Winning: Qualities of a Total Winner. (Audio),
Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer
(2007). The Success Principles (TM): How to Get from Where
You Are to Where You Want to Be (Paperback), Collins.
T. J. Hoisington ( 2006). If You
Think You Can! for Teens: Thirteen Laws for Creating the
Life of Your Dreams (Paperback), Aviva Publishing.
Roger Leslie (2004). Success Express
for Teens: 50 Life-Changing Activities (Paperback), Bayou
Matt Granger (2004). Build Yourself
For Success: A Kid's Guide to Success (Paperback), BookSurge
Jill Frankel Hauser and Michael
Kline (2006) Kid's Guide to Becoming the Best You Can Be!
(Paperback), Williamson Books
For rooky readers:
Dr. Seuss (1975). Oh, the Thinks You
Can Think! (Hardcover), Random House Books.
The Jamie Lee Curtis CD Audio
Collection (2006). Harper Children's.
See this month's associated
Reading Calendar (pdf)
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