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: (Ages 7+)
- James and the Giant Peach By: Roald Dahl (Ages 6+)
- The Giver By: Lois Lowry (Ages 10+)
- The Harry Potter Series (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+)
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 Rock Creek 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.
As parents look toward getting back to school, it is helpful to get students back on a “school” schedule prior to the night before school starts. If bedtime has become lax, try moving it up 15 minutes each week until the ideal bedtime is achieved. By implementing earlier bedtimes a couple of weeks before the start of school, students will be ready for their return to a new school year.
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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
It has been an amazing year and an amazing journey for our seniors at Rock Creek. They have put in years of hard work, and as a result, their futures are coming together before their eyes. Some have been accepted to colleges across the country, some are pursuing a specific vocation while others are taking advantage of community college.
We will come together as a community to celebrate these students’ accomplishments together at our annual graduation ceremony on May 25, 2019, at 2:30 P.M. We hope to see you there!
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.
- Reading exercises your brain.
- Reading increases your ability to empathize with others.
- Reading improves concentration and focus.
- Reading helps develop creativity.
- Reading is entertaining.
- Reading provides knowledge and information.
- Reading enriches language and vocabulary.
- Reading reduces stress and puts you in a better mood.
Reading is celebrated across the nation during the month of March. Rock Creek has many activities planned in our buildings, but you can also celebrate at home with your student. Here are some great ways to incorporate reading into the month of March, and beyond.
- Go Book Shopping. This can be done anywhere from Barnes & Noble, Amazon or the library. Ask friends, librarians and teachers for some great book recommendations.
- Get Comfortable. Designate a special spot in your house for reading. Fill it with pillows, blankets and books. It doesn’t have to be big.
- Set Aside Family Reading Time. It is a lot easier to get everyone reading if everyone is doing it together. Set aside a designated amount of time each night. This may include reading a book as a family or everyone reading on their own.
4. Celebrate With a Movie. As a family you can choose a book that also has a movie. After you read the book together, you can all settle in and watch the movie together. You can even have a discussion about which one you thought was better and why.