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 like. 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.
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 is 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.
Rock Creek Academy is welcoming new student applications starting February 1st. Open enrollment will be open through February 26th.
The weather is getting colder. Rock Creek holds recess as long as the temperature is above freezing. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately and has a coat so they can go out to recess on colder days. If your child is unable to zip their own coat or put on their hat, gloves and boots on their own, please have them practice with you at home. Thank you so much.
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 underrepresentation 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.
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!
As we raise kids in this digital age, it seems as though manners can fall by the wayside. Here is a helpful list that can help serve as a reminder of what manners might be most important as children grow up.
- Say “Please” when asking
- Say “Thank you” when receiving
- Say “Excuse me” after bumping into someone
- Put down your electronics when someone enters the room
- Look people in the eye when speaking
- Let others finish before you speak
- Shake hands firmly
- Say “Yes Ma’am and Yes Sir” when talking to grownups
- Greet people with “Hi” and “How are you?”
- Open Doors for others
*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.
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