When school starts
For many children the school year starts in September each year when thousands of our little darlings will go to school for the first time.
This year the start date is September 2, 2014.
The Back to School chart this year shows how new kids will experience school in general.
The chart will also show how those in the higher grades returning to school will fare this year.
I know in South Africa and some other countries the school year starts in January each year so that is different.
Children born in 2008
Kids go to Grade 1 elementary (or primary) school when they are six years old or if they are turning six before December 31st of that year.
They will start school in the September of the year they turn six so this year’s intake were born in 2008.
Obviously there can be special cases of children being older or younger for whatever reason but this post is about those children who were born in 2008 and are starting school this autumn.
They may have already been to preschool, junior kindergarten (JK) and senior kindergarten (SK) at ages three, four and five years old but this year it is big school.
Waves of children
Many years ago I worked at a primary school where I could notice the new groups year of children coming through each year (from an astrological standpoint) which was very interesting.
Jupiter is good for timing this flow as Jupiter changes sign each year but more on that later.
The 2014 school year
Grade 1 can set the tone for the whole school experience and the chart when they go to school is critical to understand their school life now and in the future.
Each child typically spends twelve years going through the school system and then they come out with knowledge as opposed to information.
This year Jupiter in Leo makes life and going to big school so exciting they could burst. School will be seen as an adventure and a chance to meet other cultures.
Every year Jupiter is in a different sign and this time September 2014 we have the Jupiter in Leo intake. Jupiter is a big timer for the school years as it takes twelve years to orbit the Sun.
Holding a pencil or a crayon, is a skill that has to be learnt.
Mercury in Libra suggests this year’s intake will develop a love of design, art, colour, penmanship drawing and reading. Stories should have happy endings to stimulate the child’s imagination
Venus in Leo suggests the urge to pair up and find a buddy. More than most these children will want a best friend this year and someone to play with. They will benefit from social gatherings and afterschool play/art dates. Moms take note and make this happen.
Sport will likely appeal but probably one-on-one sports and not necessarily team events. Sport and activity will be good and swimming will be liked by the kids. Mars in Scorpio is well placed for this expenditure of energy.
The Sun is in Virgo and this is always so for Back to School in September.
The 2014/15 year will be a bumper year so dream big
How the 2014 school intake year affects children born in 2008
Having a timetable and class rules will appeal to this year’s first graders. Maintaining discipline should not be an issue and suitable rewards and stars for good behaviour will likely work wonders
The teachers just have to stick to the rules they state and not chop and change regulations throughout the year.
Moms and caregivers, afterschool activities have to be known and be predictable for these children so they can find comfort in the reliability of it all.
This sticking to the system is because Pluto trines their natal Saturns.
Over the year Pluto will conjunct their natal Jupiter which indicates controlled optimism. This suggests these children will grasp deep knowledge over time.
If they are exposed to many subjects they will be able to learn vast amounts.
The chart suggests the modern topics like computers and science will appeal to this class year. Uranus squares their Jupiter
Teachers need to present information in a story form to whet the kids imagination for this group to remain engaged.
Daydreamers will abound in the classroom this intake as Neptune opposes their Saturn and Saturn squares their Neptune.
This chart suggests that teachers who tell imaginative stories and encourage expression of any frustrations through art and music will be effective which these children. For best results this should be a part of the school day.
Repetition and concentration will be available for short periods before they drift into imaginative places.
Breaking up the school day into sections of intellectual (words, numbers and speech), art (colour, craft, music and singing) and sport (team and solo) will benefit this year’s Grade ones.
These sections can be repeated during the day.
Moms can get the kids arty and sporty in the afternoons if the school system cannot provide the balance and it only concentrates on reading, writing and maths or what used to be called bookwork and penmanship.
My back to school story
My youngest daughter is entering Grade 12 this September so we are into the home straight. When you consider our eldest daughter began school in 1991 we have been doing the school run for ages.
Looking back I don’t know how we got here it has been a long journey.
She is graduating into an economical and technological climate never seen before.
She took classes like Mandarin and Entrepreneurship studying subjects I had never even heard of at her age.
When I was at school we did cooking, knitting and laundry. Oh, and let’s not forget flower arranging. All skills not taught anymore.
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