Family Learning for March
Whitthorne Middle School
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April activities can boost your child’s learning
April may bring showers, but it also brings opportunities to promote responsibility and learning.
Try these activities with your child:
· April 2—International Children’s Book Day. This day is designed to inspire a love of reading. Grab a book and spend some time reading together.
· April 12—National Library Workers Day. Have your child make a card to thank the school librarian for helping him in the library.
· April 15—National Laundry Day. Teach your child how to do laundry.
· April 22—Earth Day. As a family, think of things you can do to protect the earth, such as using less water.
· April 23—Shakespeare’s birthday. With your child, act out a scene from one of Shakespeare’s plays. Or, challenge your child to write a play.
· April 30—National Honesty Day. Talk to your child about why it is important to be honest every day!
Preparation is key for test success in middle school
Many middle school students suffer from test anxiety. They seem to come unglued at the thought of facing a test—whether big or small. Fortunately, the cure for most text anxiety is simple:
When teachers announce an upcoming test, encourage your child to:
· Find out as much as possible in advance. What’s the purpose of this test? What does a high score—or a low one—mean for your child? Is the test multiple-choice? True or false? The more students know what to expect, the more relaxed and confident they may feel on test day.
· Ask the teacher about the best ways to prepare. Are there practice tests your child can take? Websites to visit? Would reviewing certain textbook chapters help?
· Remain calm. Review the studying and prep work your child has already done. Then provide perspective: One test grade won’t change your student’s entire future.
· Focus on physical well-being. Insist that your child get plenty of sleep the night before test day. Offer a healthy breakfast in the morning, and remind your child to dress comfortably in layers.
Are you spending meaningful time with your family?
To reach their full potential in school and in life, children need frequent, meaningful, undivided attention from parents. But finding that time can often be difficult.
Are you finding ways to spend quality family time together?
Answer yes or no to each of the questions below to find out:
___1. Do you strive to eat dinner as a family regularly?
___2. Do you balance your child’s structured activities with plenty of time for reading, relaxing and talking with family?
___3. Do you have a bedtime routine that includes spending at least five minutes talking with your child?
___4. Do you schedule one-on-one time with each of your kids each week?
___5. Have you designated screen-free times? Digital devices can cause separation even when family members are together.
How well are you doing?
More yes answers mean you’re finding ways to make family time a priority.
For no answers, try those ideas.
Give students a system to help them succeed on math tests
Before the test, students should:
Practice. They can redo homework problems or problems from quizzes. They should focus on the problems they had trouble understanding or got wrong, and work on them until they are confident they can solve them.
Create a “formula sheet.” Students should write down all the formulas they need to know. Ten, they can create flash cards to help memorize each formula.
During the test, students should:
Write down formulas when they get the test so they don’t forget them.
Read directions carefully and show their work to make sure they get every point possible. Use estimation. If one step in the problem says to subtract 32 from 109, estimating indicates the answer should be around 80. Comparing answers to estimates lets students know when they should try again.
Take their time. Students shouldn’t feel pressured by how quickly others finish.
Go back, check work and rework any problems they were uncertain about.
Look for careless errors. Are all of the decimal points in the right place? If the answer includes a graph, are the axes labeled?
Ask questions to strengthen reading comprehension
To boost reading comprehension, encourage your child to:
• Summarize. Talk with him about the material. Ask him to recall facts (such as characters, setting and plot), but also ask questions that require deeper thinking: What problems did the characters face? How does the story progress from beginning to end? Why did things turn out the way they did?
• Make connections. Ask your child what he has already learned or experienced that relates to the story. Is the story like or unlike others he’s read?
• Solve problems. Ask your child how the characters were affected by one another’s actions. Can he imagine things from different viewpoints? If your child took a character’s place, would he make the same decision the character made? How might his choices have changed the story?
• Apply knowledge. Ask your child to explain the message or moral of the story. Did the author have a clear opinion? If so, what was it? Does your child agree? How can your child apply what he’s read to his everyday life?
Week of March 21: Visits to feeder elementary schools to meet our rising 5th grade students.
March 24th P/T Conferences and Family Health Fair
April 7th: Whitthorne Spring Showcase
This weekend our band is at MTSU for CPA - their version of TCAP 🙂
8th grade will attend career fair on March 18 @CSCC
We are so proud of the following WMS students who were invited to join Collegiate Academy.
Jon Hayden Coughlin
Anette Lopez Quevedo
The Maury County Schools Art Exhibit at the Pryor Art Gallery
Thursday, March 10th, 4-7pm
1665 Hampshire Pike
The Maury County Schools Art Exhibit at the Pryor Art Gallery at Columbia State Community College
Reception opens March 10th from 4:00-7:00pm
Exhibit remains open until April 1st.
Columbia State Art Show
Student List- Artwork in show