7 Helpful Online Learning Sites for Kids

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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!

Reading At Home 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. 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!

*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

*Start a book club with friends

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

The Power of YET

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Part of preparing students for learning is to help teach them to have a growth mindset. This means teaching them to recognize that there are certain things they are not able to do YET. To do this you can help your child think back to things they once couldn’t do like riding a bike, eating on their own or getting dressed. Helping them to have faith that if they try their best and remember that just because they can’t do something yet, doesn’t mean they won’t ever be able to. This mindset helps students approach learning with an open mind.

Rock Creek’s Mission

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The RCCA Mission is to offer a distinctive educational choice that provides rigorous standards of academic excellence in a small, safe, nurturing environment in partner relationships with parents and community both in and out of the classroom, and instills and develops character, servant leadership, and desire for lifelong learning in our students.

Rock Creek is excited to implement an educational program that will help focus and challenge our students. This program will include: 40 Developmental Assets with Core Knowledge Curriculum, Character Counts, The 55 Essentials, and over 60 College credits can be earned with students receiving a Technical Certificate in General Education Transfer Credits from Ivy Tech.

Make your Time Count at Rock Creek

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Being on time and having great attendance is extremely important in making the most out of your education. Here are some tips on how to make your time this year the best it can be.

  • Being on time sets each student up for success
  • Helping your child be on time shows them that you care about his/her learning
  • Learning begins when the bell rings
  • Your child could miss out on important information even if they are five to ten minutes late
  • English and Math are usually taught in the morning
  • Being on time helps keep your child from falling behind
  • Bring on time is an important life lesson

Technology in Classrooms has Many Benefits

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Classrooms look very different today than they did 20 years ago. When you walk into a classroom today you would notice students using technology. Some may be on their smartphone, a laptop or a tablet. You will notice that students are engaged and having fun.

There are many benefits to using technology in the classroom. The first benefit is an increase in student motivation. Today’s generation is excited about using technology and catch on very quickly. Another benefit is that students are able to take a more active role in their education. Very rarely do students just sit in their chair and listen to a teacher lecture. Technology gives teachers the ability to draw students in and involve them in learning. Technology allows students to collaborate with peers as they work on many technology-based projects.

Rock Creek is taking advantage of this great tool by exposing students to a variety of technology-based experiences. With technology in the classroom, the possibilities are endless.

Help Your Child Set Goals and Achieve Them

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In school, we often use the term goals with your children. How can we help our students set realistic goals and stick to them? Consider these ideas you can also support at home:

  1.      Make the goal specific. The target needs to be very clear for your child. Help him/her clearly articulate what it is they want to achieve. Instead of a goal to get better at reading, the goal could be to better understand what is being read.
  2.      Set a short timeframe. Many goals fail because the time frame is too long. Set small, specific timeframes (2-3 weeks) that can be more easily monitored.
  3.      Make a plan. Help your child figure out actions they can take to reach their goal. How will you better understand what you are reading? Will you write a summary after a certain number of pages? Will you ask questions as you read?
  4.      Adjust the goal. There is nothing wrong with your child adjusting his/her goals. Adjusting will be more successful than quitting.
  5.      Celebrate. Celebrate the small successes like sticking to the goal’s steps. There is something about acknowledging progress, even small progress, that propels us to keep at it and work toward the next small step along the road of attaining a goal.

The Importance of Parent/Teacher Collaboration

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       Parents and teachers share the same goals for children and students; they want each individual to do their best. This will happen when parents and teachers work together. This can happen in a number of ways.

  •         Keeping lines of communication open between parents and teachers
  •         Parents help by setting aside time for schoolwork at home
  •         Teachers can send newsletters, create blogs, make phone calls and send report cards
  •         Parents can attend parent/teacher conferences to make sure that parents, teachers and students are all on the same page
  •         Parents can volunteer in the classroom or building
  •         Parents can help the teacher by letting them know about things happening at home
  •         Teachers and parents can work as a team to provide the best for students

Reduce TV/Screen Time with this Tip

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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!

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