I remember the first day of school like it happened yesterday. My mom waving and smiling as I walked through the doors. Me with my hands clenching the lunch box tightly, while thinking how afraid I was of this strange place. I didn't know anyone and I couldn't understand what they were saying to me. So many thoughts were going through my mind -- will the teacher be nice, will I meet new friends?
Fortunately, there are resources to help you and your child prepare for a new school to make the transition easier.
By: Nora Gaydos
A parenting book with a helpful advice section to assist parents in getting their child ready for school on the first day.
By: Soyung Pak
A heartfelt story of a Korean-American student starting school in a new country that touches on the possible bad experiences and good experiences of a child's first day.
Children are not the only ones who need to prepare for school; adults returning to school might need to as well. If you are an adult thinking about going back to school -- it's never too late! Whether you want to improve your English, brush up on a subject or write an entrance exam, the library has the resources to help you.
All library branches have an English as a Second Language (ESL) collection which consists of books, CDs and videos that can help newcomers learn the English language. You can also find materials on writing the TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS exams. If you would like to learn English with other people, several branches offer ESL classes or English Conversation Circle as a way for people to practice speaking.
For those looking to brush up on a subject or write an exam to get into a program, you can try some of our online resources available to you at home.
This resource is great for those wanting to go back to school. There are practice tests and exercises on various subjects such as grammar, math and more for high school students as well as for college prep. There are also practice tests for standardized exams such as LSAT, GED, MCAT, TOEFL, iBT and TOEIC.
Another great tool to use for improving your English grammar. You can go through practice exercises and tests on different aspects of grammar such as modal verbs, past continuous and prepositions for ESL learners to the more advanced levels.
If you're like me and like to learn anything and everything, don't forget to check out Toronto District School Board for adult high school classes and community programs held at different locations across Toronto. Of course, another alternative is to attend one of our library programs on topics such as starting a small business or learning basic computer skills and gain knowledge for free!
Now, who says learning is only for the young?