Here are some homework tips!
Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.
Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.
Help them make a plan. Take time for a 15-minute break if possible. Also provide you child with a large calendar and have them write their homework due dates on it.
Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment can be helpful.) Have some sound reduction headphones close by if needed.
Make sure kids do their own work. They won't learn if they don't think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions. But it's a kid's job to do the learning.
Be a motivator and monitor. Ask about assignments, quizzes, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns.
Set a good example. Do your kids ever see you diligently balancing your budget or reading a book? Kids are more likely to follow their parents' examples than their advice.
Praise their work and efforts. Post an aced test or art project on the refrigerator. Mention academic achievements to relatives.
If there are continuing problems with homework, get help. Talk about it with your child's teacher. Some kids have trouble seeing the board and may need glasses; others might need some accomodations. I am here to support them with whatever need they have!
Please see below for the dates for Caribou Math Contest taking place this school year. This contest is optional and will take place during lunch hours.
Supportive relationships are the heart of a community and the students this and last week have been reflecting upon what makes a healthy friendship. Along with academic achievement, we have been working on having a sense of community that develops qualities essential to good character and citizenship, such as fairness, concern for others, and personal responsibility. Students are seeing value in creating overall healthy relationships that will create a happy and comfortable learning environment. Our lesson today consisted of reflecting on the activity from last week and looking at what qualities we were looking for in a friend and how we can set goals. The lesson also went over how we are all anchors for one another and working hard individually, in pairs or as a group strengthens who we are as a class.
We are trucking along with our unit on the human body. To allow students more time to digest the new material I am providing a list of vocabulary we will be covering in the next busy months.
Key ideas of this unit: Your body is made of different systems, and each of these systems has a job to do.
Vocabulary: cell, organs, tissue, system
Key idea: Your heart and blood carry nutrients and oxygen to your cells.
Vocabulary for the heart and circulation
Key idea: Your digestive system breaks down food into nutrients.
Vocabulary for digestive system
Vocabulary for respiratory system