By Amy Hysick, Education Coordinator

As the weather improves, the flowers bloom, and the temperature rises enough to tempt us all out of hibernation, our minds tend to jump right to summer plans without realizing that we have only finished ¾ of the school year!

How do we encourage our children (and ourselves!) to finish the year on a productive and strong note?

I have a couple of suggestions that have worked for my family (and some of my students)!

I have a ‘Happy File’ folder where I keep every note I have received from students over the last 15 years, and on the really tough days (all of March, basically) I look back at the ways in which I have made a difference, and that helps me to find a renewed sense of purpose and energy for the last push toward June.

Summer is right around the corner, but it’s not here just yet. Maintaining routine, taking the time to encourage your children and celebrate their accomplishments, and gentle reminders that we have that little bit left, can all work together to help your children finish the school year on a fantastic note!