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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...



Connections: From Kids for Kids

Back-to-School Advice

Returning to school after summer break can be both exciting and scary at any age, but for a child going to school for the very first time, it’s truly a whole new world. Technical Editor Jennifer McClure recently spoke to some young students who would best know what it’s like.

evangel: Do you like school?
KEYARA:
Yes.
EZEKIEL:
A little bit.
DAVID:  School is good. I like school.
ABBEY:
It’s all right. I wouldn’t say it’s great, but it’s all right. There are a lot of teachers, and they can teach you too much at once.
EVAN:
A little bit.

evangel: What do you like about it?
KEYARA: The special classes —  art, PE, music, library and computer.
EZEKIEL: That I go to the treasure box and go outside and play in the gym.

evangel: Are you scared or excited about your first day back to school?
EVAN:
Excited.
DAVID:
Excited, but a little scared that it will be hard.
KEYARA:
Excited.
EZEKIEL:
Scared — to meet new friends because I meet new friends and I don’t know them.
ABBEY:
Scared. You don’t know if someone’s going to bully you. But I get really happy to make new friends.

evangel: What are you most looking forward to?
EVAN:
Recess.
DAVID:
Seeing Joey and Melanie and Arissa again.
KEYARA:
I’m looking forward to having fun and doing what’s right.
ABBEY:
Making new friends. That’s mostly what I go to school for — having friends. I don’t want to go do a bunch of homework.

evangel: What would you tell a friend who is going to school for the very first time?
EVAN:
Make sure you have all your things.
DAVID:
 School is fun.
EZEKIEL:
I would tell them what it was like. I would tell them that we play games and sit outside and eat hot lunches. We do math and spelling and lots of stuff.
ABBEY:
Don’t be afraid of what people say, but focus on what you want to say, not on what other people tell you. Don’t let someone bully you. Just tell a teacher. Don’t let someone else mess up your day.

evangel: And about homework?
EVAN:
It might be a little hard. Let your mom check it when you’re done.
KEYARA:
I don’t really have homework that much. But when the teacher gives homework, you got to finish it at home. If you don’t finish it at home, then you finish it at your recess.
EZEKIEL:
That you have to work very, very, very hard.
ABBEY:
Get it done in time.

evangel: What would you tell a friend who’s going into first grade? What should they expect?
DAVID:
 Music and PE are exciting!
KEYARA:
That it is really, really fun. What’s fun about school is we have so many different things to do, and it’s so much fun.
EZEKIEL:
It’s like doing hard work. You have to do your homework all day. I do homework at school and take it home.

evangel: What advice would you give a student going into second grade?
EVAN:
Make good friends and make good choices.

evangel: What advice would you give to someone who’s moving or changing schools?
ABBEY:
When you’re coming to the school in the middle of the school year, people stare at you a lot. Don’t let people staring at you scare you.
EVAN:
Be patient and you’ll get to know your way around. You’ll get new friends.

evangel: How do you make friends?
EVAN:
By playing with them at recess and being nice to them.
DAVID:
I like them. I am nice, and I like their clothes.
KEYARA:
I am nice to them, and they’re nice to me.
EZEKIEL:
By asking them what their names are and getting to know each other. By talking.
ABBEY:
Go up to people and ask them if I can play with them. I act like myself around them. Sometimes people come up to me and say, “Do you want to be my friend?” And I say “yes.”

evangel: How do you prepare for your first day of school?
EVAN:
Getting my stuff ready and going to the store for my backpack, a pencil box, some pencils and crayons.
DAVID:
 I get new clothes, a lunch box, backpack, planners and new pencils.
KEYARA:
Go buy my art stuff and my books.
EZEKIEL:
Get ready to know each other.
ABBEY:
Pick out my clothes. Go get new clothes and a new backpack.

evangel: How do your parents help you prepare for going back to school?
EVAN:
They go to the store and buy stuff with me.
DAVID:
Mom packs my lunches and wakes me up at 6:30.
KEYARA:
In the morning, sometimes Daddy helps me wake up when I need to get ready for school.
EZEKIEL:
They pack my stuff — my soda, my jacket and my lunch. But now I get a hot lunch every day.
ABBEY:
They tell me what to do. They help me with problems at school.

evangel: How does Jesus help you in school?
DAVID:
I love it when my mom prays for me every morning before school, and I talk to Jesus all day.
KEYARA:
He helps you by telling you whether something is wrong or right.
ABBEY:
He helps me a lot. He tells me not to give up. I just think He helps me a lot, and I can’t name them all.
EVAN:
He can help you get a 100 percent on a test. One time, I studied for a test and then I couldn’t remember the answer. I said, “Jesus help. Amen.” And I got 100 percent on my test.

What is your favorite subject?
EVAN:
Math.
DAVID:
Math.
KEYARA:
Art. We do coloring, painting. On free days we play with clay.
EZEKIEL:
Art. I do paintings and make stuff for Mother’s Day or Daddy’s Day.
ABBEY:
Math or reading.

What subject do you not like?
EVAN:
Writing.
DAVID:
Homework.
KEYARA:
Computer class.
EZEKIEL:
Homework. But I like to do my homework and stuff a little bit.
ABBEY:
Science and English.

evangel: If you don’t like a certain subject, what should you do to make sure you do well in that class?
EVAN:
I make sure I have a topic sentence, a conclusion sentence and a title.
DAVID:
Work harder.
KEYARA:
Do good on testing. You better go in there and be sure nobody else is looking at your paper. The thing you have to do, if you don’t know the question, you try to get the answer, but don’t look at somebody else’s paper.
EZEKIEL:
I do stuff that is right and not wrong. Sometimes I do know the right answers and sometimes I don’t.
ABBEY:
If I’m stuck on something and I don’t like the subject, I just guess and go on. But I should study more in class.

evangel: Why is school important?
EVAN:
So you can learn things.
KEYARA:
School is important because you get to learn how to read and know how to write your letters the right way.
EZEKIEL:
So you can know everything. If you don’t go to school you won’t know how to read. Also you will not be smart and won’t know how to write or how to eat. Teacher says we don’t eat right because we don’t eat all our food. We throw it away and waste it.
ABBEY:
It can help you get a job.

evangel: What do you want to be when you grow up?
EVAN:
A baseball player.
DAVID:
I want to be a fireman and put out fires.
KEYARA:
I want to be a teacher.
EZEKIEL:
A policeman and an astronaut and a professional — a professional who knows everything.
ABBEY:
I want to be a pro-skater. I want one of them old-fashioned skateboards.

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