Student success

November 10, 2016

1.  Think about the map you want to make. It could be a path that uses landmarks, or it could be a verse that includes directions and distances. Make sure the start is easy to find, and the treasure is hidden somewhere where it won't be disturbed until the treasure hunters find it

2.  Use a piece of white paper and draw your map. Include the compass points and any verse or written clues needed by the hunters to find the treasure. Different colored inks 
work fine, some pencil crayons will work too.

3.  Tear the edges off the page, to make it look like a treasure map. 
When you map is finished, wipe the wet tea bag over both sides of the page. The page will turn a light brown color. The page should be soaked through by the time you are finished.

4.  Crumple it into a ball and let dry over night. 
Gently open the map, and wipe both sides with cooking oil. Blot off the excess with paper towels.

5.  By this point, your treasure map should look hundreds of years old!  
Use the map for a treasure hunt or as a list for a scavenger hunt…

October 10, 2016

Take a math walk:  When you and your child walk in your neighborhood, count the number of animals, birds, fire hydrants or green cars you see.  Look for geometric shapes and terms - circles, right angles, cones and so on - in the windows and buildings.  Estimate how far you'll walk.  Later you can check with a pedometer or car odometer.

Ask a silly question:  Try making math fun by asking your child silly questions that require math to answer them:  "How many minutes are there until your birthday?'  "What percentage of pizza did dad eat tonight?"  After you ask the question, ask your child how she could find the answer.  Have her solve the problem with a pencil and paper or with a calculator.  Challenge each other to think of new fun questions.  


November 12, 2015

Want to spend time with your youngster, build her reading skills and help her learn to love books?  You can do all three when you read aloud to your child.  
Read regularly:  Try to read to your child every day.  You might aim for 10-15 minutes of bedtime reading for a peaceful end to the day.  Bring along a book and read to her during a sibling's sports practice.  Or curl up together when you get home from work. 

Take turns choosing books:  Your youngster may want hear old favorites again and again.  Use your turn for new titles and variety.

Let them participate:  Ask your child to turn the pages while you read.  Also, she can finish sentences that rhyme or fill in words she knows.  Go slowly so she has time to understand the story and look at the illustrations.  She'll enjoy read-aloud time more if she plays an active role.  

Be playful:  You can use different voices for different characters (a high, squeaky voice for a mouse or a deep, booming voice for a horse).  Or substitute your youngster's name for the main character's name, and use family members' names for other characters.  Note:  You don't have to be an expert reader - your child will love it when you real aloud because it's you

October 30, 2015

Good study habits are a key to your student's success.  These habits help children become independent and confident.  It's important to remember that study is your child's job, not yours.  But you can help make study time more successful.  

Many students don't have a regular study time.  They fit their studying around talking on the phone, using the computer, playing on a team or watching T.V.  As a result, they don't do much studying at all.  The following suggestions are examples of how you can help promote good study habits.

*  Help your child find a regular place to study every day.
*  Make sure your child uses their daily planner to keep track of homework.
*  Post a calendar and have your child keep track of school dates and other activities.
*  Encourage your child to really listen in class.  Teachers talk about what they think is most important.  
*  Make sure your child has the tools needed for studying.  Pencils, paper and other supplies are important for success.  

Above all else, make sure you stress the importance of studying and learning.  What your child is learning now, will determine how they do later in life, so help them learn to be successful.   

September 25, 2015

"What's in your backpack?"  Great your child with this question and you'll discover a lot about what she does in class.  

*  Set aside time each day to go through her papers.  Try to do it first thing after school when her day is fresh on her mind.  
*  Look over your youngster's work together.  Help her feel proud by making a specific comment about something she's done.  For instance, if you she shows you a picture she drew in art class, you might say, "The gray sky and big ways look just like our rainy day at the beach."
*  Have her talk through math problems or science experiments to show you what she's learned.  She might explain how she finds the perimeter of a triangle or why ants dig tunnels, for example.