Lee's Summit R7 Parents as Teachers

March 2021

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Parent Survey 2020-21

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Each year, National Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. This motivational and awareness day calls all children and youth in every community across the United States to celebrate reading. It encourages them to read where ever they are.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Let's Read!!!

Raising Readers: What Parents Can Do

By: National Education Association

Published: 01/28/2021

  1. Read together every day. You can read the morning news at breakfast, share a story after supper, or cuddle up for a book at bedtime. A daily reading routine is something everyone can look forward to.
  2. Talk and build vocabulary. Interesting conversations build vocabulary, language skills, and knowledge about the world. Talk is a child’s best source of exposure to new words and ideas.
  3. Model reading. Kids want to do what the grownups do. Make sure your kids get to see you reading and hear you talk about it.
  4. Point out print. Read and talk about the words you see in the world around you. There’s lots to read—signs, recipes, cereal boxes, instruction manuals, bus schedules, news, maps, and menus.
  5. Visit the library. Take advantage of all the books, materials, story times, programs, and resources your local library has to offer.
  6. Create a reading-rich home. Find books at the bookstore or yard sales. Provide a special shelf or basket for kids to keep their own books and one for library books. Make sure there are quiet, comfortable places to read.
  7. Encourage your child’s reading. Praise the efforts of a soon-to-be or beginning reader. Make sure schedules of older readers include time for reading for pleasure.
  8. Keep books handy. Stash books in your bag to read aloud when you travel or have to wait at restaurants or for appointments. Or keep eBooks on your phone.
  9. Start reading traditions. Beyond bedtime stories, consider a special birthday book, holiday favorites, or a regular family read aloud night.
  10. Let kids choose books. Offer titles that explore your child’s interests, expand horizons, and offer exposure to different kinds of writing. Show them there are books where they can see themselves and books where they can see the worlds of others.
  11. Make everyone comfortable. Find a spot to read together where you are both comfortable. Sometimes kids have to move around to be comfortable.
  12. Be an active reader. Use expressive voices for characters, make sound effects, and point things out in the text and illustrations when you read aloud.
  13. Discuss what you read. Give your child enough time to absorb the story and look at the pictures as you read. Think aloud about what you are reading and looking at and encourage your child to do the same.
  14. Ask questions when you read. Ask your child to guess what comes next. Ask open-ended questions that help them relate to characters or events in the book. Let your child get involved and ask questions too–interruptions are okay!
  15. Encourage re-reading. Repetition helps kids learn. Re-reading favorite books and poems helps kids make meaningful connections between themselves and books.
  16. Connect reading and writing. Write your own reading material, like a story about your life, a story featuring your kids, or a story kids make up.
  17. Make media matter. Connect kids with appropriate technology—videos, apps, or games that help them learn new words and interesting things about the world.
  18. Get help. If you have concerns about your child’s language development, hearing, or vision, see your child’s pediatrician as soon as possible.
  19. Make reading an experience. Link life experiences with books, like a trip to the zoo and books about animals, or planting a garden and reading The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin.
  20. Have fun. Your idea of fun may differ from your child’s, so appreciate your child’s special joy for learning new things. Try different approaches, such as having them read to you or acting out a favorite story. Even something as simple as a story time outside can make reading together livelier and more memorable for you and your child.
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Celebrate National Dentist’s Day on March 6, 2021

Did you know that dentists play an important part in our health and well-being?
It’s a great day to showcase your appreciation for your dentist and their dedicated work!

It's never to early too start taking care of your child's teeth and gums. This article will give you some ideas and tips for beginning dental care.


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It's Here - Kindergarten Kickoff!!!

Do you have a kiddo going to kindergarten next year? If so, here is some information for you about Kindergarten Kickoff! To be eligible to enter Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year, your child must reach the age of 5 before August 1, 2021.

Please be sure and check out the link below to find out information about your child's school. If you have specific questions, please direct them to the elementary school your child will be attending. If you are not sure of what elementary school they will be attending, use the following link from our transporation department.

Who knew there was so much to do with Fruit Loops?

Sort, count, build. These are all learning activities for your kiddo.
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