As parents and even teachers, it can be easy to default to certain phrases that we heard as children. Research has shown over the years that words truly matter and some slight changes can completely change the outcome that we’re looking for. Here are some examples.
Instead of: Try:
“Be quiet” “Can you use a softer voice?”
“What a mess!” “It looks like you had fun! How can we clean up?
“Do you need help?” “I’m here to help if you need me”
“I explained how to do this yesterday” “Maybe I can show you another way.”
“Do I need to separate you?” “Could you use a break?”
“Stop Crying” “It’s okay to cry”
“Do you have any questions?” “What questions do you have?”
“You’re Ok.” “How are you feeling?”
“It’s not that hard” “You can do hard things.”
Which ones will you try with someone you love today?
Summer is a great time to enrich and enhance student learning in a fun way. Parents can plan small, inexpensive or free outings in and around East Guernsey that will allow students to expand their knowledge and pique curiosity. Parks and nature preserves serve as excellent outdoor classrooms where children can learn and explore. Children need to read daily, so picking out books at the library is a fun way to read for pleasure and keep up on reading skills. Going out with your child is not possible each and every day, playing at home and outside help children learn and grow.
Many studies have been done that link sleep and learning. Researchers have found that well-rested minds are able to learn more easily and retain more information. So, how much sleep does your child need?
1-3 years old 12-14 Hours per day
3-6 years old 10-12 Hours per day
7-12 years old 10-11 Hours per day 12-18 years old 8-9 Hours per day
Reduce TV/Screen Time with this Tip
Is your child spending countless hours in front of a TV or tablet? Do you wish that your child would spend their time doing other things such as playing outside, reading or doing homework and chores?
Have them “buy” their screen time instead. For every one minute they would like to spend in front of the TV or tablet, they must spend one minute doing an activity of your choice such as homework, playing outside, chores or reading. They will need to purchase their time with these minutes. Time doing these things at school does not count and banking time from a previous day does not work either. Time must be used on the day it’s earned. Give it a try! You may be pleasantly surprised with the results!
Some children are born with an inner drive to keep trying over and over when they fail. Most children aren’t, though, and it is up to us to help them see that failing is actually the key to succeeding. Teaching our children the word YET is key. They may come to you and say, “I don’t know how to read” or “I can’t ride a 2-wheeler” or “I can’t get good grades.” We need to teach them to add the word “yet” to the end of those sentences so they start to realize that these things take time and with the right mindset, they will happen!
Sit down with your child and list out things that they now do, that at one time they thought were hard. Have them tell you that with practice they learned to do hard things. They are able to do hard things! Using this type of thinking and dialogue around our children will teach them that by trying, failing and learning from their mistakes, they will succeed at doing hard things.
It is our goal that every student develops a passion for reading. We provide many opportunities on a daily basis for students to be exposed to a variety of texts. Every once and awhile, we are faced with the question, “Why do we have to read?” Here are a variety of ways to answer this question.
1. Reading exercises your brain.
2. Reading increases your ability to empathize with others.
3. Reading improves concentration and focus.
4. Reading helps develop creativity.
5. Reading is entertaining.
6. Reading provides knowledge and information.
7. Reading enriches language and vocabulary.
8. Reading reduces stress and puts you in a better mood.
Ohio winters can cause you to feel down and sleep more than usual. Don’t be too quick to accept this as a normal part of life. You may be suffering from seasonal affective disorder. At school, we also see this in some of our students.
Not everyone is suffering from SAD, some are suffering from a less-severe form of mood changes called the “winter blues.” If you think you (or your child) may be experiencing SAD or winter blues, you may try the following things:
*Expose yourself to sunlight whenever possible.
*Incorporate more physical activity each day.
*Socialize with friends, family and colleagues often.
In the event of a closing or delay, East Guernsey will communicate all delays, cancellations, early dismissals on the website, Facebook, Twitter, automated calls as well as local news outlets.
The Board of Education meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month, unless circumstances require a change in date. We hope to see you there! East Guernsey is dedicated to making wise decisions for the future of our school district. Board Meeting minutes are available on our website! http://ow.ly/QNa930hAJ4U
*Read bedtime stories.
*Have your child read the grocery list as you shop.
*Write down a recipe for your child’s favorite food.
*Get excited to visit the library.
*Play a board game and have your child read the cards.
*Don’t leave home without it! Always have reading materials available to read in the car or at appointments.
*Once is not enough. Re-read favorite stories to help build fluency, speed and accuracy.
*Dig Deeper! Ask your child questions about what they just read.
*Be patient, correct gently and praise with enthusiasm