The Color of our Worlds: 10/2016
Providing a High Quality Education for ALL Students
Parent Power - Build the Bridge to Success
MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT PARENT CHECKLIST
• Strengthen the child’s academic progress, especially in the area of reading;
• Strengthen the child’s citizenship, especially social skills and respect for others;
• Strengthen the child’s realization of high expectations and setting lifelong learning goals; and
• Emphasize communication between the school and the home.
Homework can be a hot-button issue for both you and your child. Setting up a homework contract is a good way to defuse some of that tension and avoid homework battles. It’s also a way to make sure you and your child both know your responsibilities.
What Is a Homework Contract?
A homework contract is an agreement that outlines what you and your child will do to make sure her homework gets completed on time and well. It addresses the issues that are specific to your child’s homework struggles.
For example, if your child has issues with time management, you can specify the time of day she’ll do homework. If she leans on you for help more often than you think she should, you can outline when and how you’ll help her with homework.
Your child’s homework contract may also outline rewards and consequences for following or failing to follow the contract.
How Can a Homework Contract Help Your Child?
Developing good study habits is an important part of learning. Those habits don’t always come naturally to kids with learning and attention issues. A homework contract can help reinforce the skills your child needs to be an independent learner.
Using the Sample Homework Contracts
You can use the contracts as a guide to create one that meets your child’s unique needs. Keep in mind that you may have to revisit the contract as your child’s workload changes or if things aren’t working as you expected.
(Retrieved from https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/homework-study-skills/download-sample-homework-contract, September 2016.)
About the Author
A parent advocate and former teacher, Amanda Morin is the proud mom of kids with learning and attention issues and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.
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Coffee Talks, A New Program for SeaWind Elementary School is Off to a Great Start!
This year SWE is hosting monthly SWE Coffee Talks for its community friends, parents and guardians. Parent input for topics of conversation at our monthly talks is always welcome. Coffee Chats will alternate between the mornings and early evenings.
At the September 26, 2016 talk:
Topic: Supporting Literacy and Math at Home
Our guests learned ways in which to assist their children with literacy and math at home.
K-2: Making the most of reading aloud to children
K-2: Math at home: shapes, grocery shopping addition, cooking - measurement
3-5: Supporting independent reading
-5: Math at home: grocery store estimation and decimals, time, cooking together – measurement
The next Coffee Talk is October 25, 2016 at 6:30pm. Hope to see you and share some good coffee and good conversation!
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David L. Andersen Students Engage in Problem Based Math Lessons
7th Grade AMS students are working on Problem-Based Math Lessons for the next 17 weeks. These rigorous lessons require interdependence, focus, and attention! WAY TO GO 7th grade MATH TEACHERS and STUDENTS!
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The Color of Our Worlds is an Electronic Newsletter for the school communities of:
Anderson Middle School
Hobe Sound Elementary School
Indiantown Middle School
J. D. Parker Elementary School
Pinewood Elementary School
Port Salerno Elementary School
SeaWind Elementary School
Warfield Elementary School