Tips

Education starts at school and continues at home. There are plenty of things that you, as parents, can do at home to help your child along a strong developmental path. Here are some helpful tips to give your child an advantage at home, which will transfer to the classroom.

Looking for something to do with your child on a cold, rainy/snowy day?  Perhaps you can have them practice leaving voicemail messages so they're more comfortable when calling from the main office.  This skill is more important the older your child becomes.  Have them call your phone and pretend:

· They can't remember the after-school plan (bus, parent pick-up, walker, BASE).

· They forgot their lunch or instrument at home and would like someone to bring it to them, if possible.

· They’d like to know if they can stay after with a teacher for extra help.

· They want to know if they can walk to the public library with a friend.

Remind them to leave the important details like what time they have lunch or band, what time they'll need to be picked up after extra help, who they want to walk to the library with, etc.  When you receive the message, you can then call us at 508-697-6968 and we'll get the answer to your child or have them come down to talk with you.  Cell phone use is not allowed during the school day, so please do not text your child.

And please remember to check often to make sure your voicemail isn't full so you can receive messages from your child.  



Technology Tip

Monitoring the use of technology is an important step in helping students learn how to become responsible digital citizens.  We have policies in place to monitor cell phone use in school but we still need to work with parents to make that connection to home.  One of the easiest ways for parents to monitor their child’s use of technology is to move the devices out of the bedroom and into the living area of the home.  Also making sure that phones are charging at night in an area that parents can monitor.  Using a standard alarm clock in place of the cell phone for morning wake-up will eliminate the need for the phone in the bedroom overnight.


Discipline

Remember that discipline is not punishment. Enforcing limits is really about teaching kids how to behave in the world and helping them to become competent, caring, and in control.

Participate in Life

Make every effort to provide experiences and offer comments that convey to your child that they are active participants in what goes well and not so well in their lives.

Cool, Calm, Collected

Set an example by keeping your cool and expressing anger in a calm manner. Children will mimic behaviors and words they see and hear.

Read, Read, Read

Reading is an important cognitive function for children to learn. Take every opportunity you can to read with your child. Make the kitchen, living room, and their bedrooms, into “reading zones” and devote some time every day to reading short stories, homework, or anything that is particularly challenging for them.

Make it Fun!

Games can be exceptional learning tools. Board games, card games, memory games and word games subtly engage a child in learning essential problem solving skills, while ensuring they have fun! Showing them how much fun learning can be will make them more eager to learn.

Embrace Technology

Computers, tablets, and mobile devices have access to all sorts of educational resources that can help your child learn in a collection of different ways. From games to writing to reading, technology offers a number of different ways to engage kids as they learn. Don’t be scared to let them get used to technology, the sooner they learn about the devices, the more comfortable they will be when using them in the future.

Encouragement is Golden

Remember to encourage your children through the learning process. Positive reinforcement goes a long way in helping a developing mind absorb information. Mistakes should not be cause for concern. Instead, view them as learning opportunities and help your child realize where, and how, they can improve.

Count, Write, Read

Practice, repetition, and routine help a young mind develop skills faster, and become more comfortable with the skills they already have. Set time aside to count with your children, let them write stories for you, and read them together. This little bit of effort can make a world of difference in the long run.

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