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Kindergarten coordinator Cathy Gibert of the Norwood School in Potomac leads a class discussion. The final days of summer break can be an ideal time to refresh reading and math skills.

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Time for School

Advice on how to transition from a laid-back summer to a hectic academic year.

When Ellen Feldman’s 5-year-old son started school for last fall, one of the biggest adjustments for the single mother of two was having to adhere to a schedule. “All of a sudden we went from being able to do things on our own time frame to having to wake up and be at a certain place at a certain time,” said Feldman. “Sending my son off to school for the first time was exciting, but also difficult.”

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