The holidays are a great time to teach children compassion and empathy for others. It is easy for children to be excited to receive gifts, but how do we develop the same enthusiasm for giving? Here are some examples of how you can involve your child in the joy of giving.
- Let your child shop for a few gifts for others using their own money
- Do a holiday craft or bake cookies to give to neighbors or friends
- Let your children wrap a few gifts themselves
- Have your child make cards for others
- Give your child the opportunity to present the gift to someone so they can see the joy it brings
- Volunteer in a local soup kitchen or participate in Toys for Tots
*Read holiday bedtime stories.
*Have your child read the grocery list as you shop for your holiday meal.
*Bake holiday treats together and have your child read the recipe.
*Get excited to visit the library.
*Play board games 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
Have you ever asked your child “How was School Today?” only to get an answer such as “fine”, “good” or “bad”? This could be because of how the question is phrased. It is too easy for students to just give a one word answer. Here are a few examples of ways to ask and actually get an answer!
- What was the best/worst thing that happened at school today?
- Tell me something that made you laugh today?
- If I called your teacher tonight, what would he/she tell me about today?
- Tell me one thing you learned today.
- Where do you play the most at recess?
- Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?
Kids love to be close and share everything, even germs. Here are some quick tips to help students reduce the spread of germs at school.
- Wash your Hands– Wash hands in warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds. Sing the alphabet song once to help with timing.
- Don’t Share– Send extra supplies so students can use their own items rather than community items.
- Cover Sneezes and Coughs– Sneeze into the crook of the elbow or into a tissue, not into hands. If a student accidentally sneezes into their hands, remind them to wash their hands right away.
- Hands off Your Face– Teach students to keep hands away from their face, out of their nose and out of their mouths. If they accidentally touch these things, remind them to wash their hands right away.
- Skip the Water Fountain– Send a water bottle with students each day so they can avoid the water fountain. If they need to use the water fountain, teach students how to drink without touching their mouth to the spigot.
- Eat Fruits and Veggies– A healthy diet can help boost the immune system.
- Get Enough Sleep- Sleep helps build the immune system. Follow these guidelines:
- Ages 10-17: 8.5 to 9.5 hours per night
- Ages 5-10: 10 to 11 hours per night
- Ages 3-5: 11 to 13 hours per night
- Stay Home From School when Sick– If a student is sick, they need to stay home until they are well again to avoid spreading illness to others.
Every parent wants to help their child do their best in school. Here are some tangible things that can be done at home to help foster success at school.
*Feed your child a healthy breakfast each morning
*Make sure they are getting enough sleep each night
*Attend Parent-Teacher Conferences and ask for specific things to work on at home
* Support homework expectations
*Help your child study by providing a quiet place where they can concentrate
* Know the school rules and let your child know your expectations of them at school
Please see the following changes that have been made to the 2021-22 school calendar. Thank you for your flexibility.
Aug 17- Staff Professional Development day. No school for students.
Aug 18- First day of school for students.
Sept 13- Staff Professional Development day. No school for students.
Sept 14- Staff Professional Development day. No school for students.
Oct 14- Normally scheduled school day.
During these uncertain times, anxiety can be popping up where it wasn’t before. Here are a few tips to help you and your child.
- Provide the opportunity for adequate sleep
- Serve healthy meals
- Remind your child to drink plenty of water
- Allow for downtime to decompress
- Allow for outdoor free play
- Exercise daily
- Avoid avoidance (help your child face their worry instead of avoiding it)
- Let your child worry (don’t say “don’t worry”, instead ask them to describe the worry in order to de-escalate it and show that it may not be necessary)
Reading out loud to your child can not only be a great way to bond, but it can be a great way for your child to learn to read or hold on to those skills they learned this past year and avoid the summer slide. Here are some great books that your child might enjoy.
- Holes By Louis Sachar (Ages 10+)
- Charlotte’s Web By E. B. White (Ages 8+)
- The Secret Garden By Frances Hodgson Burnett (Ages 7+)
- James and the Giant Peach By Roald Dahl (Ages 6+)
- The Giver By Lois Lowry (Ages 10+)
- The Harry Potter Series By J.K. Rowling (Ages 9+)
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory By Roald Dahl (Ages 8+)
- Because of Winn-Dixie By Kate DiCamillo (Ages 8+)
- The Boxcar Children By Gertrude Chandler Warner (Ages 6+)
- Where the Sidewalk Ends By Shel Silverstein (Ages 4+)