June Edition 2023
Williams Educational Consultants shares five educational topics that offer wisdom, guidance, andfun for the entire family on the fourth Friday of every month.
I love summer because my children participate in personal interests, get outdoors with their friends, and make new friends! This picture was taken of my middle son during drop-off at his favorite sleepaway camp! He looks forward to this camp every year, where he can explore the outdoors, hang out with his church friends and learn more about himself.
Choose activities that genuinely excite you, whether sports, outdoor adventures, creative pursuits, or social events. Here in Georgia, the weather has not been horrible at all! Unless you are trying to fly airplanes, swim or play a round of golf! I am sure the forecast will change in July! Remember, the most crucial aspect of summer activities is to balance enjoying your time, engaging in activities you love, and taking care of your well-being. Plan your activities according to your preferences, consider the weather, and prioritize relaxation and personal growth.
5 Wise Words From Wendy:
1. Prepare. With the rain this past month, I recommend we all think about Plan B! Summer is typically associated with warm and sunny weather, but so is rain and afternoon thunderstorms! Plan B could mean a dance party outside or an opportunity to try out your photography skills for some rain photos! You could also have a collection of board games, card games, or a list of movies to watch just in case the storms come rolling into town!
2. Plan. A great tradition for summer nights is cooking with the family or grilling outside! Plan some tasty summer recipes and desserts with your children and try new flavors, like fresh fruits and herbs. Plan a trip to your closest farmers market or go to your nearest grocery store and stock up on barbecue sauces, spice rubs, or marinades to add a rich and smoky taste to grilled meats, tofu, or vegetables.
3. Relax. Staying mindful is a great way to refresh. At the bottom of this newsletter, you will find Mindfulness Moment#12: "Let Yourself Rest" by Angela Cominos Koehler.
4. Support. Parents, one important way to support your student is to be sure they stay socially engaged this summer! Summer provides an excellent opportunity to spend quality time with old friends and opportunities to make new friends. Look for activities that foster social interaction and create memorable experiences, like summer camps, camping trips, or group outings to amusement parks or festivals.
5. Love. July could be the start of a new routine that you love! Fitness and Recreation: Summer is ideal for physical activities and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Consider activities that keep you active, such as cycling, jogging, yoga, water sports, walking 10,000 steps daily or joining a sports team or fitness class.
Remember, the most crucial aspect of summer activities is to balance enjoying your time, engaging in activities you love, and taking care of your well-being.
4 Current Conversations:
Here are topics that can create great conversations:
1. Guide to College Housing
2. No more US NEWS Rankings for this school!
3. AI Is not going anywhere!
4. Affirmative action could reshape the college admissions process
3 School Snippets:
Colleges often give great information on their sites:
1. GA Tech's blog is a must for all students!
2. Ohio State writes about the personal statement!
3. Kentucky and Common Academic Market
2 K-12 School Plugs:
A section to focus on news in metro-Atlanta:
1. Brandon Hall School Closes its doors.
2. Private Schools and STEM Education
1 Recipe Randomness: Macadamia Nut Apple Crisp
1/4 c. flour
1/4 c. sugar 1/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar 2 Tbsp. chopped Macadamia nuts 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon 2&1/2 Tbsp. chilled stick margarine 5 c. peeled, thinly sliced Rome apple (I've used all types) 2 Tbsp. apricot preserves Vegetable cooking spray
DIRECTIONS Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl; cut in margarine with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Set aside. Place apple slices in an 8" square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Drop preserves by teasponful onto apple slices; sprinkle evenly with flour mixture. Bake at 375 for 35 minutes or until bubbly golden. 6 servings. Serve warmed with vanilla ice cream.
Mindfulness Moment #12: Let Yourself Rest
If you're exhausted, rest. If you don't feel like starting a new project, don't. If you don't feel the urge to make something new, just rest in the beauty of the old, the familiar, but known. If you don't feel like talking, stay silent. If you're fed up with the news, turn it off. If you want to postpone something until tomorrow, do it. If you want to do nothing, let yourself do nothing today. Feel the fullness of the emptiness, the vastness of the silence, the sheer life in your unproductive moments. Time does not always need to be filled. You are enough, simply in your being.
To bloom, you must rest. A tree lays dormant in the winter only to bud in the spring and is in full blossom by summer. June is a time to pause, heal, and find peace in doing the things that you love surrounded by people that invigorate you. Pause to enjoy the warmer days, the sun on your face, the grass beneath your feet, and the sand in your toes. Enjoy this break from school and routine and challenge yourself to slow down and undo some of your doing.
How do you rest?