Sunday, June 24, 2012

Calendar News for August

Check the following places for updates:

School website
District website
Local newspaper
Local TV news

Get a Grip!

....correct grip on the pencil, that is!  One of the most difficult tasks for me at the beginning of the year is trying to correct incorrect pencil grips some children have already established prior to kindergarten.  Here are some suggestions you can start using now before school starts that have been taken from the Handwriting Without Tears program.
Click on the picture to take  you to the video and directions.

Simplified Printable List for Parents

Here are some suggestions pulled from the article "71 Things..." posted earlier. It is in pdf form and printable. These are general suggestions for all kindergarten parents.
Click on the picture to take you to the list

Upcoming Kindergarten Parent News

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Read and Tuck Away this Article for the Year

Click on the picture to take you to the article- GREAT article!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Some statistics:
  • All students experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.
  • On average, students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills during the summer months.
  • Only about 10 percent of students nationwide participate in summer school or attend schools with non-traditional calendars.
  • A majority of students (56 percent) want to be involved in a summer program that “helps kids keep up with schoolwork or prepare for the next grade”.
  • Research shows that teachers typically spend between 4 to 6 weeks re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer.

Some online resources:
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Links from ThinkFinity

Links from ThinkFinity