Backpacks and Minds

Recently, over some eggs and coffee with my grandparents, I found myself thinking about all the kids (ages 1 to 101) who are heading back-to-school this fall.

My grandfather is the american dream. Or I should say that the life he has lead, up to this point, is my ideal. Raised to be a farmer he started his own business, in a completely different industry, when he was in his thirties. He passed his company on to his children, and it continues to thrive.

One of the things he has taught me is to keep learning. Basically, never stop looking for ways to grow, always keep your mind going, because our ability to learn is what separates us from the trees and spiders (although spiders are clever in a way all their own).

As the summer break comes to a close, many parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles might find themselves wondering what they can do to help the children in their lives succeed in school.

How can we help our children succeed in school? Besides filling up their backpacks with pencils, notebooks, and calculators we need to be examples for them. The U.S. department of education hits the nail on the head with this tip to help children succeed in school,

“What we say and do in our daily lives can help them to develop positive attitudes    toward school and learning and to build confidence in themselves as learners. Showing our children that we both value education and use it in our daily lives provides them with powerful models and contributes greatly to their success in school.”

So, keep on learning! Teach our children to fill up their backpacks and their minds ; )

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