Is homework sometimes a challenge in your home? Here are two complaints you may hear, along with solutions to consider:
- "I don't want to do homework." Make homework time more pleasant by helping your youngster find a quiet, well-lit place to work. You can also encourage him to reward himself for working hard. For example, he might decide to take a break to play after he works for 30 minutes. Tip: If you find he rushes through homework to watch TV or play video games, consider limiting electronics on school nights.
- "This is too hard." Ask your child to read the directions aloud and tell you what he's finding hard. Then, suggest that he look through his textbook for a similar problem or call a friend who might be able to help . Note: If your youngster frequently struggles with assignments, talk to his teacher.
Home & School Connection, Working Together for School Success February 2013
Responsible Students Use A Problem-Solving Process
It's natural to want to solve your child's problems. But that won't help her learn the discipline of responsible decision making. Here are five useful steps you can teach your child to take when she faces a problem.
1) Decide what the problem is. Summarize it in just a few words.
2) Generate several possible solutions. Ask, "What might be done to solve this problem?" Older children can write their ideas down.
3) Evaluate the solutions. List the positive and negative effects of each possible solution.
4) Decide on a solution.
5) Develop a plan to make the solution work! Few problems have just one possible solution. The real secret to responsible problem solving is to have her use the problem solving process to make the best decision she can - and then MAKE IT WORK!
Help your child consider what should be done first, second and third. The problem won't be solved until your child puts her plan into action.
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Attendance: A Key to Your Student's Success
Schools are responsible for teaching your child. But schools can't do their job if your child is absent. Learning builds day by day. A child who misses a day of school misses a day of learning.
Research shows that children who are in school most of the time do better on state tests. Studies also show that kids who are absent more often score lower on state tests. Being late for school hurts a child's learning, too. A student who is 10 minutes late every day will miss 30 hours of instruction during the year. Children can copy notes or make up an assignment, but they can never get back what's most important: the discussions, the questions, the explanations by the teacher and the thinking that makes learning come alive. Your child's success in school depends on having a solid educational background - one that can only be gained through regular school attendance.
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I hope you have had an enjoyable summer and are ready to send your children back to us well rested and ready for a new school year. This is a time for new beginnings. Unlike people in business and industry, educators have the luxury of a new start each Fall and for me there is something special about the opening of a new school year.
Our students come back to us a year older, a year wiser and represent all that is good with the world. The proverbial slate is wiped clean, providing learners the prime opportunity to refocus, renew and reinvent their journey to adulthood.
We want all children to learn because they can. We want every child to be successful because we know that he or she wants to be. We want all children to be prepared for the next grade level or course because we know they must be.
Kanab Elementary’s school curriculum is driven by the Utah State Core Curriculum Content Standards and provides stepping stones for a lifetime of learning and challenges. Delivered through a balanced, research based, innovative and traditional learning environment, our programs allow students to develop their strengths, discover unique talents and become responsible citizens.
The high quality of our school is enhanced by you, the families in the community we serve. To some extent, the school can only take partial credit for our level of student achievement. A large measure of the credit goes to you, the parents and our community that value and support learning. You are your children’s first and most important teachers. You have high expectations for the school and your children’s performance, and we applaud and welcome those expectations. Our teaching, administrative, and support staff look forward to working with you during the 2012-2013 school year to meet these goals.
Pamela J. Aziz, Principal