Increase Your Child’s Motivation to Learn

Five easy ways to increase your child’s motivation for learning

Nagging your child to study doesn’t usually work. Nor does preaching about the many benefits of education.

To motivate your child:

  1. Be a learner yourself. Let your child see you read books. Go to the library. Watch educational TV programs. Attend school functions. Tackle new projects. Show curiosity.
  2. Share what you learn. Talk about new ideas or scientific discoveries with your child. Discuss things you read or hear.
  3. Show an interest in what he is learning. Ask questions simply to learn and share–not to check up on your child.
  4. Believe he can learn. If you show faith in his ability to learn, he will have more confidence in his ability as well.
  5. Never lose faith. If your child has problems in school, stay calm. Help him see that problems can be solved. Figure out what your child can do to improve, and how you and the teacher can help.

Reprinted with permission from the April 2014 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2014 The Parent Institute®, a division of NIS, Inc

Don’t Send the Wrong Message: Avoid Common Discipline Pitfalls

I honestly do not know one parent who has NOT struggled with a discipline issue at some point.  It is the nature of being a parent. I just recently read an article from the Parent Institute and wanted to share it.  With a new year and new resolutions, it is something to keep in mind, whether you struggle with discipline at home or not.

The word discipline means “a way to learn.” Discipline teaches about what’s right and wrong about appropriate behavior, and that actions have consequences.

But experts tell us that we teach children a lot just by how we discipline them.  To make sure your discipline is sending the right message, avoid these pitfalls:

  • DON’T YELL.  Your child will learn to “tune you out.” A quiet, firm voice is much more likely to get your child’s attention.
  • DON’T USE SARCASM. Younger children won’t understand. And it may damage an older child’s self-esteem.
  • DON’T LABEL YOUR CHILD. Saying, “You’re so lazy” will backfire. Eventually,  your child will believe it.
  • DON’T MAKE IDLE THREATS. If you say, “No TV for a month,” but don’t follow through, your child learns to ignore your threats.

from the Parent Institute, Feb. 2014


Promoting Discipline at Home and School

We have been working really hard this first six weeks to teach routines and discipline expectations to your child at school.  This is in order to keep students safe and maximize instructional time.  Parents can help us by sharing some the same expectations at home when it is appropriate.  Here are some ideas:

  • Involve your child in solving the problem.  Kids who are involved in coming up with solutions and consequences are usually more committed to the solution.
  • Keep redirections simple!  You may sound a little like a “broken record”, but when correcting your child, try moving closer and repeat the phrase over and over (if needed)…”Johnny, homework.”
  • Say WHAT YOU MEAN and MEAN WHAT YOU SAY.  Idle treats and empty promises do not work.  If you warn your child of a consequence, be sure to choose one that can be carried out.  Your child will test you in the grocery store, at church, etc., so have a plan of how you might handle it. Also, consequences that are logical or natural are very effective. If Johnny did not complete his homework, he could complete his homework instead of going to his friend’s birthday party.  
  • Consequences stop the misbehavior. Positive choices change the misbehavior.  Make sure to find some time to concentrate on the positive goals with your child. “I saw that you walked away, instead of hitting your brother when he called you a name.  I like the way you handled that!  It shows me you are really growing up!” 
  • Choices are good! Just make sure you can live with them.  It is best to keep them limited to 2-3 for the younger kiddos.
  • SHOW THE LOVE!!!  Discipline that is firm, fair, and consistent is an act of love. Your child needs to know you love and care for him/her no matter what!

Keeping Those Little Ones Safe

You may have heard your Elementary child come home this week and talk about the LOUD, LOUD alarms and having to leave their classrooms…..Although it could have felt scary, especially if it was their first time to experience  the loud noises, we were really just practicing to be safe.  Each month we will conduct a fire drill and your child will rehearse what to do in case of a fire or a need to evacuate the building.

Having a plan and practicing a procedure helps your child be more calm and comfortable if there were ever a time to put it into action. That is why it is also important to practice safety measures at home and talk about them often!  Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Plan two different ways to get out of each room in your home.
  • Tell your children NOT to try to find you. They should get outside right away.
  • Pick a spot for the whole family to meet outside the house (mailbox, tree, neighbor’s door, etc.)
  • Make sure your child knows he/she cannot hide from a fire, since children tend to hide in scary situations.
  • Make sure your child knows their address and phone number for emergency situations away from home.



It is ALMOST Here!

Another school year is just around the corner!  The kids are getting excited about new school supplies and possibly some new clothes.  If you are like me, you are looking forward to a routine!!!

Now is the time to re-establish a routine and positive behaviors  in order to start the year off with a great start.

  • Set up a bedtime routine.   Choose a reasonable time for everyone to be in bed.  Make sure nightly routines (bathing, teeth brushing, bedtime reading. etc.) can be completed far enough in advance so that everyone is in bed at their scheduled time. Do your very best to stick with a routine yourself!
  • Set morning habits. Have your child do the same things, in the same order each morning.  It is less likely he/she will forget an important step.
  • Get a head start. An ounce of organization may prevent a load of chaos.  Anything that can be completed the night before should be taken care of (lunches packed, notes signed, backpacks loaded, etc.).
  • Choose a homework time and location.  Now is the time to set a time and a place for your child to complete their assignments.  Choose a time when your child the most energy and motivation and have supplies ready.
  • Set priorities. Schedule things like schoolwork, family time, after school activities and treat them like an appointment.

We are looking forward to a GREAT year at Clyde Elementary!!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

FIELD DAY!!!- May 28th

Field Day 2013

Tuesday, May 28th at Elementary Campus

Morning PK and Kindergarten    8:45-10:45 a.m.

First and Second Grades & Afternoon PK   12:15-2:15 p.m.

Please send your child in comfortable clothes appropriate for the weather, good PE shoes (NO sandals or flip flops), sunscreen (applied at home), a SACK LUNCH & a drink labeled with your child’s name.  If you choose to come and visit during this day, you will need to SIGN IN at the FRONT OFFICE and wear a visitor’s badge before coming outside to the back area.  Thank you!!!