Monday, January 23, 2017

Activities for literacy

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To help encourage literacy, ask your young child to draw a picture and tell you what the picture is about. Match pictures with written words. Write words or help your child cut out a word from a magazine.
Encourage writing skills, even scribbling, at an early age.
To help develop strong language skills, practice clapping out the sounds in words, saying letters, and sounding out words.
Use songs, poems, games, rhymes, repetition, and patterns to help develop your child’s language skills.
Teach your child new words, explaining the meaning in simple terms. Over time, this really helps.
Simple conversation also helps encourage literacy in children, so talk to your child about the colors, sounds, and images in your home and surroundings.
Talk to your child about daily activities — for example, name the clothing as you dress your child, or locations as you drive.
Ask your child questions and encourage your child to ask you questions.
Speak in whole sentences and use a variety of words when talking to your child.
Encourage your children to tell you about experiences and ideas that are important to them.  It’s fun and educational.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Concentration skills

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Young children’s minds are full of information. This can make their attention span very short.
You can help build their attention span through activities that develop concentration.
You want them to learn how to pick one piece of information from the brain and focus on it. Concentration is key.
First, help your child pay attention to what you say by being very clear and focused when you talk. Look your child in the eye and use simple, direct sentences. Repeat important points several times.
Talk about what happened on a given day. Ask children questions that will help them focus on a specific event.
Have them talk about the event as long as they are able. At first this may be for just a few seconds.
It also helps to read together. Many children will sit to hear a book read aloud even when they won’t sit still for anything else.
When a story is over, ask children questions that will help them concentrate on specific characters or actions.
Finally, use pictures or props to focus a child’s attention. A child will be more interested in talking about a neighbor’s new kitten if you are both looking at a picture of a kitten while you talk.
The most important behavior you can demonstrate during these conversations is patience. Concentration skills can take years to fully develop, but it’s worth the effort.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Signs of stress

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Stress can be positive or negative, and children experience both kinds.
Positive stress can motivate children and cause them to explore new things—like the excitement of trying out for a sports team or going on a trip.
Negative stress may make children feel overwhelmed. It may cause problems unless children learn ways to cope with it.
Causes of negative stress in children can include difficult events, such as death or divorce.  But even positive events, such as a new sibling or new home, can cause children to feel overwhelmed. 
Stress can also be caused by children’s everyday, ordinary activities.
These might include interacting with peers, taking tests, or going through physical and emotional changes.
Parents should watch children for signs of stress. These may include:
  Not getting along well with other people, especially in the child’s age group.
  A drastic drop in grades.
  A serious change in behavior — if a cheerful, happy child becomes sullen or withdrawn.
  Physical symptoms — such as chronic headaches or stomachaches, a racing heartbeat, nightmares, bedwetting, nail-biting, or poor eating.
A child who shows more than one of these signs may need help. Recognizing stress in children is an important first step in reducing its impact.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Local Leaders with Bill Cirone (Lance Orozco)

Lance Orozco

Local Leaders with Bill Cirone (Steve Hinkley)

Steve Hinkley
MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation

Talking with Teachers with Bill Cirone (Katelyn Standerfer)

Katelyn Standerfer
San Marcos High School

Innovations in Education - Feb. 2017

Crystal Apple Winners

Birmingham Pledge

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Dr. Martin Luther King had a dream that one day human beings would be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
That dream is not yet a reality. But we can all help bring it closer by giving our children the tools that will help them grow up as tolerant adults who embrace and celebrate America's great diversity.
One of those tools is the Birmingham Pledge, an effort which aims to recognize the dignity and worth of every individual.
The pledge is a personal, daily commitment to remove prejudice from our lives, and to treat all people with respect.
The pledge states:
I believe that every person has worth as an individual and is entitled to dignity and respect, regardless of race or color.
I believe that every thought and every act of racial prejudice is harmful; if it is my thought or act, then it is harmful to me as well as to others.
Therefore, from this day forward I will strive daily to eliminate racial prejudice from my thoughts and actions.
I will discourage racial prejudice by others at every opportunity. I will treat all people with dignity and respect; and I will strive daily to honor this pledge, knowing that the world will be a better place because of my effort.
It’s a pledge we can all make.