Obviously, last month’s home page message was wrong—we did NOT have an early spring, just a fake spring! But it has to be on its way—and it won’t be long before we are outside enjoying the fun of spring and summer is just around the corner.
We have begun “testing” season—all students in grades 3 – 8 + 11 will be participating the MSTEP throughout April and May. The schedule for your student’s tests are set by the classroom teachers within the window allowed by the State of Michigan. We thank you for making sure your students are present on testing days and are rested and ready to do their best.
Even as we look toward the end of the school year, it is not too late to try some new activities to get more involved in your student’s learning. The following ideas are taken from “The Busy Parent’s Guide to Involvement in Education”, by Dr. Linda Albert and provided by the National PTA and JC Penney.
Getting Involved With Your Children:
- Change “Whatdja get?” to “Whatdja learn?”—when tests and reports come home, take the emphasis off of the grades and focus instead on the information and skills your child learned by doing the work. Give children a chance to show what they know by asking simple questions about the subject. Increase your child’s knowledge by sharing what you know or by looking the topic up. “Google it” with your child.
- Make mistakes okay. When children can learn from their mistakes, instead of feeling discouraged by them, they are on the road to success. Make mistakes okay by talking about your own errors: “One mistake I made today was…” Encourage your youngsters to describe mistakes that they made and then talk about solutions: “One way I can keep from making this mistake again is…”
Getting Involved with Teachers:
- Ask for advice. Teachers like sharing their specialized knowledge with concerned parents, so don’t hesitate to ask for advice. Teachers can assist you with behavior problems, homework hassles, and how to reinforce at home what’s learned in school.
- Information, please. Be sure to give teachers any information about changes in home circumstances that may affect your children’s behavior or performance. A death in the family, a separation or divorce, even the loss of a pet can put a strain on children that spills over into the classroom.
Let’s hope that our weather turns warm and sunny and we are all able to attend some of the many events coming up before the end of the school year.
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