When your child arrives home from school and you ask, "What did you do today at school?" and he or she replies, "Nothing." This question may not get you very far. Here are some alternative questions to ask:
“What’s the coolest thing that happened? What wasn’t so cool?”
“Pretend you’re the teacher. How would you describe the day?”
“What made you laugh?”
“What was the most creative thing you did?”
“How were you kind or helpful today? Was anyone kind or helpful to you?”
(Home and School Connection,2017)
This month’s character word is honesty. Honesty means being truthful and sincere.
Here are three tips to help your kids learn honesty:
1. Talk with your children-beginning very early- about how much you value honesty in your family. Tell them how important it is to all of you that you can always count on each other to tell the truth-even when it's difficult. If there's not honesty between parents and children, there won't be trust or closeness in your family either.
2. Model honesty for your children-not only in your words but also in your lifestyle.You can't expect them to tell you the truth if you're not honest with them-even when they ask you an awkward question. Be brief and be age appropriate in your response, but if you lie to them when it's embarrassing to tell the truth, you can't expect them to blurt out the truth when it's tough for them.
3. Let them know that you put more emphasis on their honesty than on the punishment for their dishonest behavior. Yes, you can impose consequences for their lie, but they need to know there's a benefit for them in being honest. If you glide right over their courage in pouring out the truth and jump to a punishment, they won't be quick to fess up the next time.
(Teaching Your Kids to be Honest, Psychology Today 2011)
he National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Celebration. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness. The students and faculty at Arbor
Springs will show our commitment to a drug-free lifestyle by participating in various Red Ribbon activities all week long. We will celebrate and honor National Red Ribbon Week from 10/24-10/28. Our theme this year is YOLO: “You only live once!
Please talk to your children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, peer pressure and embracing integrity by making good decisions.
Mon. Oct. 24th- “Stay in the game, be drug free”-Wear your team’s favorite jersey or shirt
Tues. Oct. 25th- “Drugs are so tacky!” -Wear tacky or mismatched clothing
Wed. Oct. 26th- “Staying drug free is no sweat!”-Wear exercise attire
Thurs. Oct. 27th-“Hats off to being drug free”-Wear a hat
Fri. Oct. 28th- “Your choices are the key to your dreams!”- Wear pajamas
During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture. Next week, students will learn about important figures in the Hispanic culture.
The character word for the month of September was responsibility. Responsibility means to carry out a duty or task carefully and thoroughly. Students who are taught to be responsible and accountable for their choices and actions develop a greater sense of self-worth and confidence in their ability to make right choices. They will receive the satisfaction of knowing that they are dependable, and trustworthy people who take responsibility for their actions.
The first week of school you are learning rules and routines. It is important to put what you are learning in practice. As a gator, one of our expectations is to be respectful! Respect has several meanings.
Summer is the best time to provide your child with snacks that promote energy and good healthy eating practices and to make sure they get the exercise and rest they need. Also, it is important to practice skills over the summer and read at least 30 minutes a day! Here are a few tips for your child’s summer health.
This month character word is curiosity. Curiosity is a strong desire to learn something. Curiosity is a character trait that comes naturally. At a young age, kids are inquisitive and are interested in many things. It's the pursuit and recognition of new information and experiences. Most people think about curiosity when something interesting, bizarre, or challenging pops into their field of vision. As parents, being flexible and open helps foster a curious thinker!
How to Create a Curious Thinker:
On Saturday, March 12 students had the opportunity to touch the lives of thousands of people. Midwest Food Bank is an organization that donates food and supplies to nonprofit organizations across the country. Also, Midwest Food Bank has partnered with The Salvation Army to help with disaster relief.
For more information or how you can help, visit Midwest Food Bank.
February is Black History Month! Black History Month celebrates the contributions made by African Americans and people of African descent around the world. Remember to recognize and honor the various African Americans that have made a significant impact in history throughout the years. Throughout the month of February, Arbor Springs will learn about many African Americans and their contributions.
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