Reading at Home is Fun

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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 Education

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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.

Tips and Ideas To Foster Reading at Home

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Reading Ideas:

*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.

Reading Tips:

*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

Giving at the Holiday Season

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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.

Rock Creek Teaches Character Counts

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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.

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.

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