News From the Nest 2.0

Parent Edition Volume 24 June 2017

Welcome and Enjoy!!!

This online newsletter is specifically created for parents by teachers. It will serve as a useful tool in providing educational tips and strategies, as well as developing systems that parents can use to work with their children at home on the academic skills being emphasized in the school program. We hope that this information serves as a positive medium in strengthening the relationship between home and school.

Summer Learning!

As we are enjoying summer, many parents have asked about ways to keep their students engaged during the summer break.



  • Read, Read, and Read Some more: "If anything is correlated with academic success and knowledge retention over the summer, it is reading. In this day and age of technology at our fingertips, sometimes I forget about public libraries that make finding children’s books easy. Make sure to find topics that are of interest to your child, as they are more likely to read if they are interested in the material. Many libraries have reading or book clubs for children and schools often have recommended summer reading lists." If you read 3 or more books over the summer you could become a VIP in Fischer's LMC. Check out the information here: VIP Program
  • Math Practice: There are so many great online resources for Math practice and skill building. Khan Academy is a great online resource to keep up on skills and learn new skills. (This website isn't only for math. It also has science, arts & humanities, computing, engineering, test prep, and the list goes on!)
  • National Park Service - Web Rangers: This website has games, activities and puzzles about our national parks, nature, animals, and historical sites in the United States.
  • Smithsonian Institute for Kids: Explore online exhibits about art, science, nature, history and culture
  • Makers Camp: How does Maker Camp work? Maker camp is a free, online community you can enjoy year-round! You can participate online from home and explore a new project each day, or you can look and see if there is a hosted camp near us!
  • Keep A Journal! Whether you are at home, or on a vacation, have your child keep a daily journal about daily happenings, new experiences, new things they learn, and the list goes on!
  • Explore: Explore the possibilities and nature that the Fox Valley Park District offers, such as parks, trails for hiking and biking, facilities, programs and special events.


Sources:

Foundations for the Future School

37 ingenious summer learning resources for your kids

Staying Focused, Healthy and Energized!

With the school year over, it is important for students to prepare for the upcoming school year. According to schoolfamily.com, the following are helpful tips for students to stay focused at school:


  • Sleep: the National Sleep Foundation & American Academy of Pediatrics agree that middle school aged children should get between 9-11 hours of sleep each night.


  • Nutrition: eating a healthy breakfast with fruit & protein (such as eggs), healthy grains, low-sugar cereal, etc. a healthy lunch & dinner through the day will help focus with a steady source of energy throughout the day.


  • Daily Exercise: walking, riding a bike, playing at the park, or a team sport can help children focus in school.