Tips for easing students into new semester after holiday break

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JACKSON, Tenn. –The Holiday break is in the rear view mirror, which means it’s time for students and parents to start thinking about hitting the new school semester head on. For Jackson-Madison county students, the holiday break will officially end Tuesday with the beginning of the second semester. On Sunday, Thelma Barker elementary school put out a Facebook post, reminding parents to make sure students are rested and eat breakfast before returning from the holiday break. School officials said to help ease students into hitting the books after a long break, start getting them back into their normal routines a few days ahead of time. “Make certain there’s sufficient sleep and when students wake up in the morning they’re ready to get breakfast and move out of the door and get into instructional mode all over again,” Jackson-Madison county school superintendent Verna Ruffin said. Some parents suggest finding a balance between play time and learning. ” After school, I usually play with my brother for 30 minutes and then after 30 minutes we work on our homework,” 4th grader Hannah Lyons said. Some say a good school year is based around being both physically and mentally ready for each day. “Recognize there’s going to be additional studies, additional assessments and get prepared for the next grade level,” Dr. Ruffin said. Some parents offered advice for making morning routines a breeze during school. They suggest prepping a backpack or lunch box the night before, keeping a consistent bedtime and catching up on laundry can also make the transition into the new semester easier.

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