Smarter summers! Yes, summer holidays are here! Unfortunately, for many children summer can be a time where they can have some learning losses. The good news is that you can help, not only to prevent any learning loss, but you can also increase their learning and make it fun! Here are some tips adapted from Brenda McLaughlin, Director of Research, John Hopkins University:
1. Read Every Day – For older children, four or five books over the summer has shown to have a positive impact. Take turns reading to each other, books on tape, magazines, or let them stay up a half hour later if they are reading.
2. Use Math Every Day – The largest summer learning loss for all children occurs in math. Use math in everything you do. Make them count the change at the drive-thru, make up math word problems in the car or at the dinner table.
3. Get Outside and Play – Intense physical activity programs have positive effects on academic achievement. Ensure your child is active outside at least 60 minutes per day.
4. Write Every Week – Write a weekly letter to someone, keep a summer journal, have them write the grocery list.
5. Do a Good Deed – Children learn better and “act out” less when they engage in activities to aid in their social emotional development. Look at some websites for suggestions:
6. Routine, Structure and Predictability – Don't forget this! Try and maintain some routine, structure and predictability in their daily summer activities. Even though the two months of summer can be different, there are many daily things we can do to keep routines such as meal times, bed times, quiet times, etc.
Most of all I hope everyone has a great summer and I look forward to seeing you again in September! Juniper Ridge Elementary ROARS!
FIRST DAYS BACK
Before we know it we will be back again for another year! If you are returning to Juniper Ridge Elementary School in September, there are few things you might be curious about so you can prepare your children for September:
JUNIPER ELEMENTARY ROARS!
At Juniper Elementary we follow our ROARS matrix. ROARS stands for:
We also be work on our WITS strategies to deal with peer conflicts:
W = Walk away
I = Ignore
T = Talk to the person
S = Seek help (an adult)
If you could review all of these expectations with your children at home it would help us maintain a positive school culture at Juniper. Copies of the ROARS Motto have been posted.
The School District has also revised the CODE OF CONDUCT. Copies of the CODE OF CONDUCT are on the school website as well as posted around the school.