Valdosta Daily Times

July 5, 2013

Keep students school-ready

The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Shh! Don’t tell your kids this, but we’re about a month way from school starting again in South Georgia.

Early August, youngsters will return to the classroom, meaning these remaining carefree days of summer will go faster than many students will think possible. Though already acquainted to the whims of how quickly time passes by, adults watching their children may feel school cannot arrive soon enough.

Still, only a matter of a few weeks stand between now and the classroom.

Hopefully, children and youngsters are enjoying a well-deserved break from school, but we would suggest parents ensure the next few weeks prepare youngsters for a return to classes.

A child can spend a short period of time each day reading a book, doing a few math problems, studying a particular subject. Children who have regularly exercised their minds this summer will be better prepared for school come August.

Meanwhile, working parents, if you haven’t already, and even if you have, try carving out some time to spend with your children in these coming weeks. Even if you can’t afford a trip out of town this year, find something to do with your children this summer. Toss a ball. Read them a book. Watch a movie. Play a video game.

Make the time. Take the time. Because if you think the summer’s fast, you’ll be surprised just  how fast the small children in your house today will be the young adults moving out on their own tomorrow.