Praising children is very important whether you are a teacher or a parent. Here are some tips that will help make praise mean more to the child.
- Be Specific– “Good job, Johnny” is not specific and can be said to anyone for any reason. “Johnny, I noticed that reading that paragraph was tough, but you took your time and tried your best, nice job.” This is specific enough so that Johnny knows that you mean it and it is real.
- Give praise when you really mean it. This teaches children that you recognize when a task was tough for them. It also helps them value the praise that you give.
- Quality over quantity- Praising too much can cause a child to feel belittled and actually achieve lower. Give specific praise when praise is due instead of meaningless praise often.
Cold/Flu Season is here – To ensure a healthy learning environment for your student and their teacher this season, here are a few guidelines that should be followed:
Fever of 100 or greater – student should stay home and be fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before returning to school.
Vomiting – student should stay home and be vomit free, without medication, for 24 hours before returning to school.
Diarrhea – if a student has 3 or more loose stools they should stay home and be symptom free, without medication, for 24 hours before returning to school.
Sore Throat/Cough/Running Nose – if a student has excessive coughing and discharge they should stay home until symptoms lessen. If any of these are accompanied with a fever, student should stay home until fever free for 24 hours.
Winter can be a tough time to keep your spirits up. Here are some tips that can help.
- Declutter: Get rid of unnecessary items. Decluttering is a practical way to get organized while clearing your mind.
- Eat Right: Eating right can help your mood, energy level and can help you feel great. Eat more whole grains, veggies and meats. Limit sugars, fast food and processed food.
- Sleep: Everyone needs a break. Turn off phones, games, social media and Netflix and get some rest. School age children require 9-11 hours each night. Teenagers require 8-10 hours of sleep a night and adults need 7-9 hours a night.
- Exercise: Moving your body improves blood flow & oxygen to the brain while releasing endorphins into the body which is a natural “feel good” chemical.
- Find a Hobby: Discover new interests that you can enjoy. Photography, scrapbooking, chess, bowling, baking, volunteering, yoga, knitting, painting, sewing, reading…etc.
Indiana 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.
Rock Creek ensures that each student is given the time to read each day. This is essential in order to learn and grow as a reader. Reading is all around us and it is our job, both as teachers and as parents, to get our students/children involved. Since reading is important at every level, what better time than now?
We have many ways that we get students involved in the classroom, but reading at home is equally as important. Here are some creative ways to get your children excited about reading at home.
Take family trips to the library. Where else can you choose from millions of free books? You can even check out books for your e-reader. After your trip, try to set aside time each day where everyone in your family sits down to read. 15-20 minutes is all you need.
Find websites that interest your child. Reading on the computer is a great way to get reluctant readers to read. They just don’t realize that they are reading, they just think they are having fun on the computer.
Remember, reading is everywhere. Whether it is a menu at a restaurant, or the cereal box at the breakfast table, reading is a must. Make sure your child is given the time to do it every day!
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. By providing STEM education here at Rock Creek, we are giving students the opportunity to be creative, the chance to learn and apply inquiry skills as they collaborate with others. STEM fosters engineering and design thinking and helps students master math and science concepts.
Many STEM jobs each year go unfilled and there is a huge under representation of women in STEM fields. Rock Creek has a mission to bridge this gap with our students. We are preparing them for a STEM future.
*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
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 child 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.
Character Counts is a program that encompasses the pillars of Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. At Rock Creek, we teach, enforce, advocate and model these six pillars. Character Counts was designed as a character-development framework that can be implemented on many levels. It works in a single classroom as well as an entire school community.
We believe character can be taught and, if modeled correctly, students will have the tools to make good moral decisions in their lives.
http://pbskids.org/ –This is a great site for kids of all ages featuring all of your kids favorite characters from PBS!
http://www.rhcbooks.com/ -Featuring Books, Activities, Games and more all surrounding your favorite Characters from Random House Books! This is a great way to make books come alive for little ones!
www.starfall.com -This is a great website for learning to read. Starfall takes your kids all the way from ABC’s to Learning to Read! There are some fun games and more that surround Phonics, Sounds and putting sounds together in words! This is great for preschoolers learning to read!
www.scholastic.com/kids/books/the-magic-school-bus/ -There are tons of Great Videos and Games about the Environment & Science. This is a great website for older children who want to learn about weather, geography and more.
www.highlightskids.com -This site has games, books, crafts and of course Hidden Pictures.
http://www.abcya.com/ -This is another great learning site for kids. There is everything from Counting Games, to Graphing, Patterns and more. Great for learning early math skills.
www.Kids.nationalgeographic.com This is a great site for exploring our world and learning all you can about the Ocean, Animals, Geography and more! There is a TON of information on this site and also some great videos, Puzzles and quizzes!