Guidance Dept Newsletter - LFMS
2016-17 Edition 7 - Summer Newsletter
How to Use Your Summer Break Wisely
Though you may take a break from the daily routine of school lessons, be sure to exercise your brain by challenging yourself with learning opportunities offered during the summer. Take a summer review course in subjects you struggled with, start or join a book club to continue reading and thinking critically, enroll in an art class to expand your creativity, or make it a goal to learn an instrument or take a class with the School of Rock. Whatever you do, don't let your brain atrophy.
There is a larger loss in learnt skills in the USA than most countries around the world due to the extended summer break in most school systems in the USA. Parents need to take responsibility to assure their children continue to exercise their brains over the break and minimise the loss of learnt skills. Click on the title below to read statistics on the summer learning loss. Additional articles are also linked below.
Did You Miss The Screening of Screenagers? Are You or Your Child Addicted to Media Devices?
The Family Media Use Plan is a tool developed by the AAP to allow families time to develop media guidelines for their family that sets aside time for physical activity, sleep, time to be unplugged, prioritising time for school and academics, time for device free family dinners, and include free time to be bored and learn delayed gratification.
Counselors Corner Resource Personal-Social Domain including stress management, conflict mediation, grief, and social skills
College and Career Guidance Information about high school graduation requirements, college admissions, and career choices.
Students Helping Students (SHS) This peer tutoring program matches students with a peer tutor for weekly tutor sessions before or after school or during lunch.
Mrs. Deborah Miller - Academic Advisor A-P, IPE Coordinator
Counseling Center - J208
College and Career Center, Groups, Games Room, Guidance Workshops
Guidance Dept Waiting Area
Check out the bulletin board with useful tips and information while you wait to see your advisor or counselor.
College Pennant Pinwheel
A small display of the variety of colleges available to students.
Guidance Dept Waiting Area
How to Plan an Educational Vacation
Tips on how to plan an educational vacation include the following tips:
- Make reading part of your vacation or post vacation.
Enlist your older children to research places to visit or read maps on how to get there. Let them choose some of the sites to visit and tell you why they want to include this in their holiday.
One of our spring family vacations to Amsterdam included a visit to the Anne Frank house. My youngest who was only 7 or 8 at the time was so enthralled with seeing history come alive, he chose a copy of the Diary of Anne Frank as his souvenir and asked his 2nd grade teacher if he could read it as his reading book - a book far beyond a typical 2nd grade reading list.
- Learn a little history or tie in recent subject matter learnt in school to places you visit.
One of the most memorable vacations I recall having with my children is the year we visited Pompeii after my two oldest had begun studying Latin and began learning about many of the historical people who lived there including Lucius Caecilius and his family. They excitedly searched the City of Pompeii ruins for the homes of these historical figures and recalled and recited their Latin lessons to us.
- Focus on language skills.
We visited many foreign countries while my children were growing up. They were eager to learn some of the basic foreign words and to use the foreign language vocabulary they were learning in school. Vendors were pleasantly please to see young children attempt to use their language and usually were more amenable to 'bartering' with them for souvenirs.
- Become a local and immerse yourself in the experience.
Choose local cafes off the main tourist trail rather than typical tourist restaurants. You'll learn more about the local people and culture of the city or country you are visiting.
- Have your child create a scrapbook with photos and postcards, brochures collected and write a summary of their experience or description of photos taken.
The whole vacation doesn't need to be educational of course, but take advantage of the opportunities to help your child stretch and exercise his brain while having fun at the same time.