The machinery behind school beginning is monumental even down to the small five-year-old I saw that was proudly lugging a basket full of schools supplies. I expressed my respect to him that he was carrying that big basket himself. He cocked his head and said, “Yup, I’m going to school and we have everything on the list!” I followed the happy boy and his mother out of the store and I actually sat in my car for a few minutes just thinking about the happiness in this boy’s face.
In addition to his list of supplies, on his first day of school he will begin checking off the list of learning abilities necessary for the grade level he is in through his own personal performance. Is he able to concentrate, comprehend, and remember? Is he able to start developing good decision making, problem-solving, and creative thinking skills? Does he have the necessary visual stamina, auditory listening skills, and body control?
If the answers are yes, then he moves along with the teaching, the curriculum, and the expectations that are mandated for Kindergarten and for the all the grades that follow. If many of the answers are no, a whole separate machinery begins within the school system that is a long story of its own. I am wounded when the smile fades.
I wrap up my thinking with these thoughts because it is getting hot in the car just sitting there:
- The educational system succeeds in a great number;
- The dedication and skills of the educators abound;
- I am privileged to spend my professional career representing the Structure of Intellect through SOI Systems.
Now, more than ever before, we need to focus on each student’s individual ability to learn. Learning is an action within each student. Whether SOI helps develop learning abilities or intercedes with an aggressive program when learning is not successful, SOI Systems is ready and anxious to assist in the new school year. Please make yourself aware of our many programs at www.soisystems.com or call us at 541-746-5602.
No smile ever needs to fade.
written by: Diane Hochstein, Senior SOI Program Consultant & President of SOI Service Company