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A Growth Mindset

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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, things 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.

Tips to Help Cope with Covid Related Stress

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It’s no secret that the world is much different than it was even a year ago. Some people have found themselves more anxious, sad and uncertain. These feelings are normal. Here are some ways to help lessen the stress. 

Practice Self-Care. Doing things such as exercising, getting enough sleep and eating well can help lessen stress and boost your immune system. 

Find Ways to Focus. Establish a daily routine and create a workspace that is separate from your sleeping area.

Seek Out Support. The level of change that each person is going through during this time is different for everyone. Be sure to seek out help, whether it is talking to a friend everyday or seeing a therapist regularly. 

Find Ways to Manage Disappointment. Find ways to celebrate all that you have accomplished during this last year. It also may help to plan ways to recreate important events that were postponed or canceled once things get back to normal.

Limit Media Consumption. Too much news and social media can add to anxiety. Set limits on media consumption and smartphone use.

Focus on Things You Can Control. Remember that you can only control your own thoughts and feelings. 

March is Reading Month

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Winter Can Affect How We Feel

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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.

Tips for Making Praise Matter

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Recess Reminder

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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.

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