Say it ain’t so: Tips to help your family say bye-bye summer fun

Boulder High Teacher Virginia Schick named 2014 High School Art Educator of the Year, pictured with her beloved horse Calixto.

Get up, get out, get educational.

Experts and veteran parents alike agree the best way to help your children get back into a school frame-of-mind is to begin the transition two weeks early with a little practice on getting up and out to enjoy fun and educationally oriented activities.

With  school starting August 21, it’s time to get going.

Step one: Talk to your child about the new things going on at your child’s school 

If you’re a Boulder High family, that’s been made easy by the naming of BHS’s Virginia Schick as teacher of the year (pictured above).

According to Colorado Scholastics Art and Writing Coordinator, Pamela Starck, Virginia creates “magic” in her classroom, while equipping each of her students with the skills, creativity and personal voice needed to succeed as an artist. Even if your child is not signed up for art, it’s inspiring to know your school has inspiring teachers.

Students at Eisenhower Elementary are excited to get back to school to check in on the vegetables growing in the new garden parents, students and volunteers toiled mightily putting in last year after years of planning.

To find out what’s new at your school, visit your school’s website through links here.

Now, for the hard part: Get ready to rise and shine!   

Rein in summer sleep patterns and attention spans with the best advice we’ve heard (and used): Set the alarm clock a little earlier each day, and plan events that get everyone out and going early in the morning.

To help you encourage young minds to rise, shine and learn, here are some local temptations.

Breakfast at the Farmer’s Market

There’s no better reason to get up than a fantastic breakfast, which is why breakfast at The School Food Project’s Food Truck at the Farmer’s Market is a sure winner on the path from summer to school. Plus, it’s brought to you by some of the same folks behind Boulder Valley School’s progressive school lunch service, so it’s doubly connected to school. Visit Saturday morning from 8-11 a.m. The 8 a.m. time slot is premium for getting used to those early morning exits.

Joy in Motion

Then, head on over to Joy in Motion at the George Reynolds Branch Library at 11:00 a.m. when Jackie Diner leads a fun exploration of the body through Music and Movement. Jackie is a Nia Trainer, owns Joy in Motion Studio and has been inspiring young children to move for 35 years. Dance to great tunes with simple steps, aided by dancing ribbons and scarfs.

"Perennial Fiori" by Dale Chihuly is one of   the dramatic and colorful blown glass installations  on display at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

“Perennial Fiori” by Dale Chihuly is one of the dramatic and colorful blown glass installations on display at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Denver Botanical Gardens Chihuly Exhibit

Educational and totally amazing, the Denver Botanical Gardens Chihuly Exhibit is a dramatic way to turn the corner toward school for teens or kids of any age. The blown glass sculptures created by celebrated American artist, Dale Chihuly, range in size and form and are stunning displayed in this natural habitat. If you haven’t seen it yet, you don’t want to miss it. Invite a couple of school buddies to go along and pack a lunch, and you’ll brush up on several school-day activities at once.

Frequest Flyers Aerial Dance Festival Student Showcase

Get a little practice at sitting still and being quiet, yet be thoroughly entertained by the Frequent Flyers® Aerial Dance Festival 2014 Student Repertory Showcase at The Dairy Center for the Arts, August 16, 2 pm. Performances are by students of two-week repertory workshops in Aerial Fabric, Invented Apparatus, and Duets on the Low-Flying Trapeze.

Besides, what’s not to love about school?

Remind your kids that the best part of school is connecting with friends old and new and getting to know inspiring teachers. Summer’s great fun, but with all school’s got going for it, you’ve gotta love it.


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