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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Back To School

It's school time again! You're probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad that summer is over. Some kids feel nervous or a little scared on the first day of school because of all the new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school. Luckily, these "new" worries only stick around for a little while. Let's find out more about going back to school. Most teachers kick off the school year by introducing themselves and talking about all the stuff you'll be doing that year. Some teachers give students a chance to tell something about themselves to the rest of the class. You might already know a lot of kids in your classes on the first day. But it's a great day to make a new friend, so try to say hello to kids you know and new ones that you don't. Make the first move and you'll be glad you did and so will your new friend! It can make you feel good to be prepared and have all the supplies you need. Some schools distribute supply lists before the year begins, so you can come stocked up on pencils, folders, and whatever else you'll be needing. Once you've covered the basics, you might tuck an extra few dollars in your backpack for an emergency (like forgetting your lunch money). Or maybe you'd like to bring along a book or magazine to read while you're on the bus.

What if you hate school by the end of day one? Teachers recommend giving things some time to sort themselves out — once you know your way around the building and get adjusted to the new routine, you'll probably feel better. If those feelings don't fade, talk to your mom, dad, teacher, or school counselor.
Here are a few final tips for a fantastic school year:
·         Get enough sleep
·         Eat a healthy breakfast.
·         Try your best.
·         Use good work habits, like writing down your assignments and turning in your homework on time.
·         Take your time with school work. If you don't understand something, ask the teacher.
·         Keep a sense of humor. One teacher we know shows his new students a picture of himself graduating high school — a grinning ape in a red graduation cap and gown. This usually makes the kids laugh, and it's a good way to remind them that school is fun!

Moving to Middle School
Sixth grade often signals a move to middle school or junior high, where you'll find lockers and maybe a homeroom. This is just what it sounds like — a classroom you'll go to each morning, kind of like your home in the school. In middle school, you might move from classroom to classroom for each subject. Your teachers know that this is a big change from elementary school and will help you adjust. Most teachers let you pick your own seat on the first day, but by the second or third morning, they'll have mapped out a seating plan. At first, it's a good idea to write down where your seat is in your notebook so you don't forget.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sweet Surprise

Most chocolate lovers know that their favorite indulgence can be beneficial to the cardiovascular system and certainly to one's mood, but good for your figure as well? That's exactly what a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests,as it found that adults who regularly ate cacao- based treats weighed less than those who had them infrequently. Even more unexpected: They maintained their slimmer frames despite consuming more calories than the non-chocolate-eaters and having similar exercise habits. The substance may cause a metabolic boost in the body that offsets the added intake, explains lead author Beatrice Golomb, M.D., Ph.D, associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego. So go ahead, enjoy a few squares of dark chocolate and you just might get a shock when you hop on the scale.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Five Ways To Use The Power Of Your Smile

1.You create a better first impression
     -With a simple smile, visitors relax. They feel welcomed and safe. They feel less stress.
2.You boost the mood of the practice
     -Smiles are contagious. Most people cannot help but smile back. It makes them feel a bit happier
3. Your people skills improve
    -If you smile, you think of better responses.
4. You feel happier and look more attractive
5.You earn cooperation
    -If you are gruff and unsmiling, people are less willing to do as you say. While your smile might never diffuse a deadly situation, it will certainly make you more successful.