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Questions & Answers
Q: I used to think that fun and games went together—boy was I wrong! What’s fun about my daughter running out of the room in tears when she loses, or my other daughter cheating when my back is turned? Is there some way to teach good sportsmanship?
A: Elementary schoolers can be competitive. However, it is possible to have fun playing games with kids. Try these simple guidelines:
- Talk to your kids about the importance of being a good sport. Let them know that you expect them to be humble when they win and gracious when they lose.
- Establish quitting time in advance. Set an alarm before you start. When the bell rings, the game is over.
- Minimize mistakes. Be gentle when you correct your kids for a wrong move or a mistake.
- Be prepared for cheating. Start each game by reviewing the rules. The first time a child tries to cheat, simply repeat the rules. Say nothing more.
The second time calmly say, “When you don’t play by the rules, I get upset and don’t enjoy playing. If it happens again, the game is over.” If it does happen again, say nothing. Simply put the game away.
- Beat the bickering. Call fouls during home play just as the ref does in basketball. Every jibe, poke, put-down or unkind comment results in a foul for that player. Five fouls and the player’s out.
Sportsmanship can help your children be more successful in school, too. But remember, it takes patience, firm guidelines and time to develop.
Encourage responsibility by involving your child in chores
How do you get your elementary schooler to do chores willingly? Most children love to make a plan and then carry it out. So first, involve your child in brainstorming what needs to be done around the house and when. Then:
- Give your child a choice. Together, make a list of age-appropriate chores, such as taking out the trash, sweeping, folding laundry, feeding a pet and helping with yard work. Let your child choose which ones he’d like to do.
- Schedule a family work time when everyone has a chore to do.
- Be a good model. Dive into chores yourself. Avoid complaining. Instead, talk about how good it feels when you finish a chore.
- Be encouraging. Say, “Here’s the broom so you can help! Let’s do this together.”
- Make a game of it. Set a timer and see if your child can beat the clock. Turn on some music and work to the rhythm of the beat.
- Rotate chores each week, so no one feels stuck doing a chore he doesn’t like. Put chores on slips of paper and let family members draw from a bowl.
- Use a chore chart. Let your child place a star next to chores when he completes them.
- Curb criticism. Don’t immediately say what your child did wrong. Gently show him what he could do to improve, but don’t redo his work.
- Follow chores with fun. Have a basket of index cards listing fun stuff to do after finishing chores.