The school year is winding down and PCS season is upon us yet again. Many of us are scrambling to prepare for the transitional challenges that accompany a PCS move, and one of the biggest hurdles of it all will be the fact that your military student will be changing schools.
To stay ahead of the game, many of us will spend hours upon hours of our precious time researching state education standards, requirements and resources geared towards making our mill-kid’s transition a bit less bumpy. Wouldn’t it be AMAZING if there were some sort of ready-made guide to help parents and teachers alike with this process?
Well guess what…as of June 1, there IS!!!
Elva Resa Publishing, (who specializes in books and resources for and about military families), teamed up with two military spouse experts in education to create Seasons of My Military Student: Practical Ideas for Parents and Teachers. This book is as close to a one-stop-shop as we’re going to get in helping our military student navigate those choppy waters of change.
It’s no secret that changing schools can be the pits for our young’ins. Most military kids change schools three times more than their civilian counterparts and will end up attending as many as nine or more schools from Pre-K to 12th grade. My own military kiddos once attended THREE different schools in the span of only SIX MONTHS! Each time our pride and joy change schools, they are faced with new standards, new classrooms, new teachers and new curriculum…not to mention having to find new friends too!
That’s where Seasons of My Military Student comes in.
The book features several chapters that go over the different “Seasons of Transition” our mil-kids experience. It is aptly titled: Leaving, Arriving, Growing and Thriving. There’s even a bonus chapter called “Storms in Any Season” which is a section dedicated to the obstacles and challenges our mil-kids face throughout their military journeys, such as family separations/deployments.
Woven throughout the book you’ll find first-hand accounts of the trials, tribulations and triumphs of military kids just like ours; stories that complement the vast resources you’ll need to successfully meet the challenges your mil-kid may soon face. I don’t know about you, but I TOTALLY could have used this book during my previous PCS moves!
This book is my no means just for the parents of military-connected students…it’s for teachers too! In fact, that’s one of the reasons Amanda Trimillos was inspired to co-author this project. Her experience as a DoDEA teacher overseas allowed her to develop strategies to support her military-connected students and show other teachers how to as well. Co-author Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman, also set her expertise into motion as a Parent-to-Parent trainer for the Military Child Education Coalition. Her passion to help military students gain that sense of belonging after moving to a new school was paramount in her contribution to this book.
Seasons of My Military Student comes complete with conversation starters, tips and solutions aimed at educating and equipping parents, teachers, counselors and other entities that work with the military population to work together in setting our kids up for success at their new schools.
This book is an absolute must-have for the parents and teachers of mil-kids, and a comprehensive tool in helping our military students thrive throughout transition. This includes:
- Understanding the Seasons of TransitionTM and storms of military life
- Effectively using the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
- Creating a portable Seasons Education Binder
- Building a team to support students in every season and storm
But you don’t have to take MY word for it! If you want your military kid to have the best possible experience when changing schools, order your copy TODAY (links below) and get ahead of the curve!