It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 23, Book 14

School days, school days
Dear old Golden Rule days
'Reading and 'riting and 'rithmetic
Taught to the tune of the hick'ry stick
You were my queen in calico
I was your bashful, barefoot beau
And you wrote on my slate, I Love You, Joe
When we were a couple o’ kids

a popular American song written in 1907 by Will Cobb and Gus Edwards.

August is one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year for most families because of commitments with end of summer events, last minute getaways in addition to back to school checklists.  I was reading through some back to school tips and it struck me that we all could use some of those tips to help us in our everyday lives

The two best physicians of them all -- Dr. Laughter and Dr. Sleep. 

Gregory Dean Jr.

# 1 on everyones list seem to be to Get Enough Sleep.  Sleep is incredibly important to all of us.  Sleeping is the key to health

Never work before breakfast. If you have to work before breakfast, get your breakfast first. 

Josh Billings

# 2 Eat a Healthy Breakfast.  It has been shown that students that eat a healthy breakfast perform better in the classroom because they have better concentration, problem-solving skills, endurance, hand eye coordination and increased strength for tasks. So why shouldn’t a heathy breakfast be good for everyone!  

The Golden Rule:  One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.

# 3 Follow The Rules.  School couldn't be productive if it weren't for the rules. We can all remember some of the basics. No fighting. No talking during class. No chewing gum.  Rules are made for a reason and sometimes we forget that they aren’t all bad.  

Motivation is what gets you started.  Habit is what keeps you going.  

Jim Ryun

# 4 Develop Good Work and Study Habits.  Use a planner . A family calendar in a prominent place helps everyone see what’s going on at a glance.  Try to find time to do something to feed your brain, body and soul every day. 

Many hands make light work. 

John Heywood

# 5 Get along with others.  In kindergarten, we learn to share and play with others in the same sandbox. That doesn't mean it will always easy to get along. Most of us have at least one difficult person in our lives who challenges us in some way. I like to think that this earth is just a single spaceship and we're all part of the crew. There is no them and us, it is all just us. 

The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.

Tom Bodett

 Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete. If you’re alive, it isn’t

Lauren Bacall


Rose said...

Love the quote by Tom Bodett.

In Florida, the kids go back to school in August. It was always September up north in Boston.

jack69 said...

As far as I can remember I NEVER knew the part of that song after Hick'ry stick. THANKS I do like learning something. (Even if I should have known it! ha)
Like Rose, the Bodell quote is a winner.
Over cast here on the East coast...


I love the Tom Bodett quote. And you're right these are valuable tips for life and school.

Mevely317 said...

Me, too! (Tom Bodett's quote, that is!)
It was fun to see that old song once more; yup, I started to sing along! :)

betty said...

Haven't thought of that school tune in years, Ma; glad you posted it. Those are great rules to follow in life as well as to have a successful school year :)


Martha@SeasideSimplicity said...

Love the last quite especially! :)