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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.
- 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 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?
- 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.
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!