Around St. Helena for Dec. 4, 2014 _lowres

Stephanie Warren

The road to success in school begins early. Good health, loving relationships, parental guidance and praise and many opportunities to learn all help children do well later in life. As a parent, you are the most important person in your child’s life. Throughout the early learning years, you can do many simple things to help your children grow, develop and have fun learning.

Here are some things you can do:

Encourage your child to want to learn and go to school.

Set high standards for your children, and encourage them to try new things.

Listen to your child. This is the best way to learn what’s on his or her mind, what he or she knows and doesn’t know, and how he or she thinks and learns.

Teach your child to feel good about herself or himself and that he or she can succeed.

Set limits for your child. This is a sign of love that your child appreciates, even if he or she may argue against them.

Be generous with your praise. Always compliment your children for their efforts.

Summer reading program

The St. Helena Parish School District has a summer reading program that can be found on its website, Students find the grade in which they are entering and complete assignments for their school. There is an attached reading log to help keep track of your child’s reading. Have them bring it to school on their first day for a chance at a surprise. Call (225) 222-4349.

Happening at the library

Summer activities are happening at Audubon Regional Library’s St. Helena Branch, 53 South Main St., Suite A, Greensburg. North Helena Fire Chief Rita Allen will bring the firetruck for a demonstration on fire safety at 11 a.m. and Banana Piano Fun at 1 p.m. Friday.

Sanndack’s Shadow Factory begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Contact Stephanie Warren by phone at (985) 517-4869 or email