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Back to school advice from local teachers

Posted at 7:47 AM, Sep 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-01 07:47:21-04

There are only a few days before kids head back to school, and local teachers are offering some advice to get your kids ready.

7 Eyewitness News spoke with Kindergarten teacher Kelly Regan from Roy B. Kelly School in Lockport.  She says she and other teachers have been in their classrooms for weeks now getting ready for students.

Now that we're just days away from the start of a new year, Regan says parents should start getting their kids back into an early bedtime routine, and also brush up on some reading skills.  She said setting a time each day to read with your kids or have them read to you is a good idea, and helps improve literacy skills.

She also said the start of the school year is a perfect time to set goals with your kids, and that kids as young as kindergarten can talk about they want to achieve in school.

"Have a nice, open conversation with your child," she suggested  "Ask them what they would like to do better this year, what they would like to work on?  What did you think you did really well last year that you could continue on this year?  And I think that's a really good thing for your child to know you're setting a goal with them!"

Regan and the school's principal also said the most important thing for kids to bring back to school with them is a positive attitude.