Principal’s CornerDear Families,
As a school, we have been working hard to ensure that ALL students have numerous opportunities to engage in meaningful learning. One of the best ways for students to learn is for them to make connections with the new learning to the learning that they already have done (building on what they already know). As we work with students, at school, we often ask them to make these connections and to communicate their understanding, either orally or in written form.
At home, you can encourage additional learning when you ask your child to tell you about what they are learning. Speaking as a mom of three kids, when you ask a child, "How was your day? What did you do" you usually get the following responses, "Fine" and "Nothing". Not a great conversation! Other questions that you might want to ask to get the conversation going are, "What was the funniest thing you heard/did today? What was one thing that you learned today that surprised you? What did you do today to be a friend to someone else?"
If you watch the things that come home in your child's backpack it will be easier to start a conversation about school, because you will see what your child is working on in class. This idea holds true for what students are reading. Children will often want to talk about the book they are reading. So take a peak at that book, read the back cover and launch into a conversation!
Our children have so much to share! Sometimes it just takes a little encouragement to get them talking!
Christine Taylor, D.Ed.