Q: School has just begun and homework is already a hassle— for me! First my fourth grader and I argue about when to start. Then he says he did his reading at school. Next he “doesn’t understand” the math. What can I do to reduce both my son’s frustration and mine?
A: Homework hassles can affect the entire family. You can easily eliminate them using these four simple steps:
- Establish a homework time. Don’t fight about when he’ll do his homework. He will benefit from a routine. Some kids work best right after school. Others do better if they work right before or after dinner. Give him some choice in the matter—but once he picks a time, that’s it. Homework is as routine as brushing his teeth.
- Insist that homework time happen every day. This will solve the problem of “I did that at school.” What if he says he really, truly has nothing to do? He can read ahead. He can do extra math problems for practice. But he will spend that time doing something that will help him do better in school.
- Ask your child questions when he says he doesn’t understand something. For example, instead of explaining the math, ask, “How did you solve that last math problem? Could you do that here, too?”
- Don’t ever do his work for him. One way the teacher sees how much your child is actually learning is by checking his homework. If you do the work, she may not know if she needs to reteach something.
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Respectful behavior is just as important at school as it is at home. Encourage your child to show respect at school.
He can do this by:
- Being courteous. He should say please and thank you to his teacher and classmates.
- Doing what’s expected. Everyone in school has a job to do. If the teacher doesn’t plan lessons, no one can learn anything. If students don’t do their jobs—homework, listening to the teacher—it makes it more difficult to learn.
- Raising his hand. Imagine having 30 students in a class, each of whom wants attention right now. When your child raises his hand and waits for the teacher to call on him, he demonstrates self-control and respect for others.
- Addressing the teacher by name. Just saying “Good morning, Mrs. Jones” is an easy way to show respect.
- Listening to the teacher’s comments. Teachers want students to learn. That means they have to point out mistakes. Your child will do much better in school if he can recognize and accept constructive feedback.
Source: R. Payne, Understanding Learning: The How, the Why, the What, Aha! Process Inc.
“Respect is a two-way street. If you want to get it, you’ve got to give it.” — R.G. Risch
WOW! Kindergarteners have only been in school for 27 days, but have learned so much already! It is amazing how quickly they are picking up on the routines, letters, sounds and words. They have been practicing our numbers and shapes too. The look on their faces when they know the answer is priceless! Kindergarten is a great place to be!
All 4th grade students completed their first basic math facts test. They recorded scores in their binders to monitor their progress and set individual goals. The tests include: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts and will be taken monthly. The students will work on a review of addition and subtraction for a few weeks and then move to learning multiplication facts. The students need to practice daily at home to become multiplication maniacs!
The purpose of administering the mCLASS® Reading 3D and mCLASS® Math assessments is to help identify foundational skills and to help teachers plan differentiated lessons within their classes. The reading assessments are administered individually and scored instantly on electronic devices. The statewide testing window for reading ends September 17. Parents can expect copies of the computer-generated reports in mid-September. Unlike reading, the series of mCLASS® Math assessments is administered whole group and hand scored. The math testing window is from September 10 to October 8. Parents will receive copies of the math results in early October. Parents desiring conferences to discuss test results should contact their child's teacher.
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When does the boys/girls (insert sport here) start? Who's their first game against? Where will it be played? Well, my first response to that would probably be to ask you, "Are you referring to Varsity, Jr. Varsity, Freshman, 7th & 8th grade, or 6th grade?" So to make it simpler, we are giving you a link to the North Judson-San Pierre Athletic Schedule on the North Judson-San Pierre School website. This provides you with the fall, winter and spring schedules for boys and girls sports from the 6th grade through the high school level.