Reading At Home over the Summer Increases Student Achievement

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         Rock Creek builds in time for students to read at school each day, but research shows that this may not be enough, especially over the summer. Students who read at home in addition to reading at school tend to have higher test scores. Here are some ways to incorporate reading at home this summer!

         *Read the cereal box each morning

         *Find a reading website or app that your child enjoys

         *Look up information about a favorite subject on the computer

         *Take regular trips to the library and join the summer reading program

         *Start a book club with friends

         *Model reading by reading in front of and to your children each day

*Echo read with your child-You read a page and then your child reads the same page

*Choral read-You and your child read the same page at the same time

10 Social Manners for Children

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As we raise kids in this digital age, it seems as though manners can fall by the wayside. Here is a helpful list that can help serve as a reminder of what manners might be most important as children grow up. 

  1. Say “Please” when asking
  2. Say “Thank you” when receiving
  3. Say “Excuse me” after bumping into someone
  4. Put down your electronics when someone enters the room
  5. Look people in the eye when speaking
  6. Let others finish before you speak
  7. Shake hands firmly
  8. Say “Yes Ma’am and Yes Sir” when talking to grownups
  9. Greet people with “Hi” and “How are you?”
  10. Open Doors for others

Enrollment Info for 2020-2021 School Year

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Enrollment for the upcoming 2019-20 school year is going on now. Secure your child’s place in our tuition-free charter school now, and not only move with us into our new facility, but enjoy the following advantages for your kindergarten to 12th grade student: 

• Small Class Sizes without Overcrowding 

• Tuition-Free Education • 100% College Acceptance 

• Advanced and Honors Classes 

• 31 Seniors Received $2.8+ Million in Scholarships 

• Earn STGEC Credit from Ivy Tech • Project Lead the Way 

• ACT/SAT Prep Classes 

• 21st Century Scholars 

• Dual Credit Classes 

• Sports for All Grades 

• James Holt & Eli Lilly Scholars 

• Academic & Athletic Scholarships 

• Character Counts Programs 

• Community Service 

• Brand New Campus Coming Soon!

If you would like to come grow with us, contact us today for a campus tour and get the enrollment process started! 

Rock Creek Community Academy 11525 Hwy 31 Sellersburg, IN 47172 Call : 812.246.9271 Email : [email protected]

Apply online today at http://rccasi.org 

10 Great Summer Read Alouds

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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. 

  1. Holes By: Louis Sachar (Ages 10+)
  2. Charlotte’s Web By: E. B. White (Ages 8+)
  3. The Secret Garden By:  (Ages 7+)
  4. James and the Giant Peach By: Roald Dahl (Ages 6+)
  5. The Giver By: Lois Lowry (Ages 10+)
  6. The Harry Potter Series (Ages 9+)
  7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory By: Roald Dahl (Ages 8+)
  8. Because of Winn-Dixie By: Kate DiCamillo (Ages 8+)
  9. The Boxcar Children By: Gertrude Chandler Warner (Ages 6+)
  10. Where the Sidewalk Ends By: Shel Silverstein (Ages 4+)

Words Matter

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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 the first phrase, try the second:

“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?

Ways to Stay Active at Home

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It can be tempting to want to sit around all day inside your house during this order to stay home. Daily exercise can help keep the immune system strong and can help manage stress and anxiety. It also feels great to get the wiggles out. Use these tips below to help move more in and around your house.

  • Take pre and post dinner walks
  • Have a dance party
  • Use TV commercials as movement breaks (Stand up and do jumping jacks or walk/run in place)
  • Have a weekly family sports night (Basketball, football, tennis, catch, etc)
  • Join a virtual run for charity
  • Do yard work
  • Walk the dog

A Guide to Learning at Home

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  • Set your Space – Find an area in your house where you can sit comfortably and focus. Make it separate from your relaxation space. Ideally away from a TV screen or other distractions.
  • Lessen Distractions – Harness your imagination and picture that you’re at school and not at home. Lock your phone away if you need to. Don’t be afraid to ask your parents to intervene.
  • Change It Up – You probably have a schedule for your lessons, but if things are becoming difficult to focus on, take a 5-minute break and come back to it.
  • Take Notes – Stuck in a webinar zoning out? Note taking keeps your mind engaged.
  • Journal It – Use a journal to track your progress or ask any questions you might want to ask your teacher about the work.
  • Plan Your Day – If you have one, follow the schedule provided by your school. If you just have a list of things to study, break it down into tasks and plan to do the hardest ones when you have the most energy.
  • Speak up and Ask for Help – When things get tough, don’t just push through it. Ask your parents, or reach out to your teacher.
  • Take Breaks – Get up once in a while. Have a snack.

A Guide to Learning at Home

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  • Set your Space – Find an area in your house where you can sit comfortably and focus. Make it separate from your relaxation space. Ideally away from a TV screen or other distractions.
  • Lessen Distractions – Harness your imagination and picture that you’re at school and not at home. Lock your phone away if you need to. Don’t be afraid to ask your parents to intervene.
  • Change It Up – You probably have a schedule for your lessons, but if things are becoming difficult to focus on, take a 5-minute break and come back to it.
  • Take Notes – Stuck in a webinar zoning out? Note taking keeps your mind engaged.
  • Journal It – Use a journal to track your progress or ask any questions you might want to ask your teacher about the work.
  • Plan Your Day – If you have one, follow the schedule provided by your school. If you just have a list of things to study, break it down into tasks and plan to do the hardest ones when you have the most energy.
  • Speak up and Ask for Help – When things get tough, don’t just push through it. Ask your parents, or reach out to your teacher.
  • Take Breaks – Get up once in a while. Have a snack.
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