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Archives for March 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Beyond the refrigerator: Art display builds self-esteem
When you display your child’s artwork it builds her self-esteem. Putting it on the refrigerator is great, but why not go a step farther? Try matting and framing a piece of her art that is particularly creative. Let your child help you use a ready-cut mat and an inexpensive picture frame, and hang it for all to see. Or use a copier to make duplicates of your child’s art and help her share it with family and friends.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
You don’t need a problem to talk to a teacher
Have you talked to your child’s teacher lately? You don’t need a problem to talk to the teachers. You can spend a few minutes talking about how hard your child is working. Or let the teacher know if you think your child is making progress. If you want a parent-teacher conference, be sure to ask for one. The information you share about your student helps the teacher be more effective.
Friday, March 13, 2015
Help your early reader build his vocabulary by making his own dictionary. Write a letter of the alphabet on a sheet of paper. Then help your child cut out pictures from old magazines of things that begin with that letter. Have him paste them to the sheet, and help him label them. Then pick another letter! This is a long-term project, so if it stops being fun, stop and come back to it another day.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Some children can be very hard on themselves. If your child feels like a failure if she’s not the “best,” help her readjust her perspective. Be sympathetic, but remind her that no one is perfect. Point out your child’s strengths and help her learn from her mistakes. Teach her some affirmative self-talk, such as, “I’m proud of how hard I tried.” And emphasize that you love her no matter what she does or doesn’t do.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Options and strategies help children deal with anger
Feeling angry is normal. But children need to learn they have choices about how to express their anger. Give your child options: If he’s being teased, for example, he could walk away or tell an adult. Anger is a physical and emotional reaction. Teach your child these strategies for coping : 1. Take deep breaths. 2. Think for a minute before saying anything. 3. Get away from the situation until feelings are under control.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
You can help your child learn spelling or sight words by having her make them into a story. Make up two characters and a topic sentence for your child to start with. As she writes her story, she’ll put the sight words into context. That will help her remember them. She’ll get spelling and writing practice, and as a bonus, a sense of pride when she reads her story to you.
Monday, March 9, 2015
Praise the effort that leads to success
When it comes to achieving school success, hard work is often more important than talent. Let your child know you place a high value on effort. When he gets a high grade on a test, for example, you can say, “I know how hard you studied. Your work really paid off. I’m proud of you.”
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Go fishing for reading fun
Kids who enjoy reading do more of it. Make reading fun for your young reader with this “fishing” game: Get some index cards. Write one vocabulary word on each card and attach a paper clip to it. Tie one end of a string to a small stick and the other end to a magnet. Let your child “fish” for words. Give him a point for every word he can read correctly. See if he can catch them all.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Organized, clear writing makes essays shine
Essay tests give your child a chance to demonstrate that she has mastered material and can present it clearly. Share these tips for essay test success with your child: 1. Make an outline before answering the question. 2. Write neatly. 3. Reread your work to correct spelling and grammar. 4. If time is running out, at least write down your outline or a brief answer. The teacher may give partial credit.
Look to this blog for updates about what your student is learning in guidance classes, parent and student resources and upcoming events!
Currently Michael, Tracie and Christine are in the midst of teaching a feelings unit to all guidance classes.
Michael, working with kindergarteners and 1st graders, has been working with students on being able to recognize and understand basic feelings. Kindergarteners have been working as a group in doing role plays around feelings as well as working on creating pet rocks to further explore and share about feelings. First graders have also been creating pet rocks to become the main character in a feelings book that each student developed and shared.
Tracie, working with 2nd and 5th graders, spent time before February break talking about what is stress, how students’ bodies show stress, and strategies that students use to handle stress. Beginning this week and into next week, Tracie will be teaching an introductory lesson around the emotion, anger.
Christine, working with 3rd and 4th graders, also finished talking about what it mean to be stressed out, how students’ bodies tell them they are stress and introduced them to new strategies to handle stress. Christine is now working on identifying with students what might make them angry and how they have handled anger in the past.
Check back in soon for more updates from your Milton Elementary School Counselors!
Friday, March 6, 2015
Give your child the reason for the rule
When you are short on time or temper and just want your child to do as you ask, it can be easy to rely on trite phrases like “It’s for your own good,” or “You’ll thank me for this.” But in order to learn to make better choices, kids need to hear the real reasons you have for a decision. “You can’t stay up until eleven to watch the end of the movie. You need your sleep to do a good job in school tomorrow.”