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  • I am a green dragon who likes to encourage children to know that reading is fun!
  • My newspaper has been in Effingham County since November 2006.
  • Kidsville News! is a 2008 Parents' Choice approved award winner.
  • Kidsville News! is possible in Effingham County because of the Effingham Herald's partnership with Effingham County Schools. We could not do this each month without the support of our sponsors: Effingham Hospital, Georgia Pacific, and the Effingham County Sheriff's office.

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Phone: 912-826-5012
Fax: 912-826-0381
Address: 586 S Columbia Ave. Suite 13
  P.O. Box 799
  Rincon, GA 31326
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School-age Children Questions Answered by Truman »
Section: School-age Children
Q:  Do you know when the summer reading program begins this year?
A: 

For Effingham County, the summer reading program kicks off on June 2. The kickoff party will begin at 10 a.m. at the Rincon Branch Library. There will be games and activities for all ages, plus a few special guests.

The theme this summer is, "Catch the Reading Bug!" To participate you just need to read or listen for a total of 10 hours and complete your summer reading log.

For more information, visit www.liveoakpl.org.


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Section: School-age Children
Q:  How do we set up a visit for Truman to come to our school?
A: 

Great question! I love visiting the local elementary schools!

To schedule a visit, just email me at kidsvillenews@effinghamherald.net. 


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Section: School-age Children
Q:  My daughter just loves the Kidsville News she receives at school. She does not want to miss an issue this summer. I was wondering where we can get a copy during months while school is out?
A: 

That is a great question.

We have bright pink boxes all around the county with copies of the month's edition of Kidsville News. We also have some black wire racks at some locations that have them inside.

Here are some of the locations: Guyton IGA, Dollar General in Guyton, Springfield and Rincon, the County Health Department, Effingham Hospital, both branches of the library, North Time Saver, South Time Saver, El Ranchito, YMCA, El Real, GeoVista, Movie Gallery, Mexico City, First Kids Pediatrics, Hong Kong Buffet, Swamp Fox, Premier Dental Designs, Faulkville Subway, Lakeside Chevron, Hot Spot, Teach Right and at the Effingham Herald office (outside and inside).

They will also be inserted in the Effingham Herald at the beginning of June and July so that our subscribers can have them delivered to their homes.

Have a great summer and keep on reading!!


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Section: School-age Children
Q:  How hard is it for a father to get custody of their kids?
A: 

I am a green dragon and my speciality is in elementary school-aged children and their ability to learn. I like to encourage reading and finding ways to make learning fun.

I am sorry that I will not be able to answer your question. I would suggest you consult with an attorney instead.

 


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Section: School-age Children
Q:  Truman, we have had a good summer, but I haven't made my son do any "school" work at all this summer. Now school is just around the corner and I am worried he won't be ready to start back. Help!
A: 

Summer is a great time to be a kid! It is a needed break from the daily grind of school. But you are right to be thinking about getting your son ready to go back to school. There are many things that you can do to ensure a great start to the new year.

Here are just a few suggestions:

  • SLEEPING: I think the biggest thing that can make a difference in your child having a great start to the new year is adequate sleep. Start gradually moving his bedtime back to the same time it is during the school year, since we know that everyone gets to "stay up late" during summer break. That also means moving back what time he wakes up. If he is sleeping until lunch time, you won't get him to bed earlier.
  • READING:  Start your child reading again if they have taken a break this summer, whether it be a chapter book, a picture book or a comic book. One suggestion on how to set aside a time for reading is right before they go to bed. That 30 minutes before bedtime is a great time to help them settle down and be ready for bed and still get in some stimulation of the mind. If your child doesn't like reading, try reading to your child, no matter how old they are. Then work to alternating days, you read one night, they read alone the next.
  • WORKBOOKS:  Another great way to get your child ready for school is to purchase workbooks. I would suggest buying two. One of their favorite subject and one of a subject they may need a little extra help in.

I hope these few ideas give you a starting point to giving your son a great start to the next school year.


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Section: School-age Children
Q:  My family is planning our summer vacation schedules right now and I am trying to come up with some fun things to do with the kids between our family trips that could be educational. Do you have any suggestions?
A: 

Well one of my themes is "Keep on Reading" so I would suggest that you find some fun things to do with books.

Most local libraries have summer reading programs. In the Effingham/Chatham County area, the Live Oak Libraries has one that runs all summer long that the children receive rewards for time spent reading (or being read to for younger children). The libraries also offer activity programs for the children. Locally they have had magicians, musicians and other performers come. They have also had days with arts and crafts projects focused around a particular book. So visit www.liveoakpl.org to find activities that your nearest library will be doing for children.

Also, you can turn any small or large trip into an educational experience. If you are planning a trip out to Oatland Island, then go to the library or log on to the Internet and find out more about a particular animal that resides there. If you are planning a trip to the beach, you could check out a book about sea turtles for a younger child or one about wave action for your older child. For your child, studing about something before they go can really enhance their enjoyment of the trip.


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