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December Parent Newsletter

Good Consequences and Self-Discipline

Hunt School's Best Me virtue for December is self-discipline! Behaving appropriately and working hard pay off, and you can help your child see the results of all of his or her efforts. You'll spend less time scolding as your child learns self-discipline.


Tie Good Behavior to Good Outcomes


If your child is quiet when you're talking to someone on the phone, you might say, "Thank you or being so patient while I was on the phone. Would you like to play a game now?" You could point out how energetic he or she is in the morning after going to bed without a struggle the night before.


Recognize Success

If you would like your child to keep her room clean, you could say that you are willing to help rearrange or redecorate it if it kept clean for a month. By then end of the month, keeping the room clean will probably have become a habit. The positive outcome of your helping redecorate will make the room more enjoyable so she will most likely want to keep it clean.


Tip: Try not to reward with food or toys as your child will learn to expect something in exchange for good behavior. In addition, rewarding with food can lead to unhealthy eating habits.

Reading, Writing, and Math Tips

Reading

*Read regularly to your child aiming at 10-15 minutes of bedtime reading a night.

*Take turns choosing books that you read together.

*Have your child participate by turning the pages, finishing sentences that rhyme, or filling in words that she knows.

*Be playful and use different voices for different characters or substitute your child's name for the main character.


Writing

When children first learn to write, their ideas may not always make sense to others. Here's how you can help his writing flow logically:

*Let him read his stories to you and ask questions to encourage him to add more information or clear up a confusing part.

*If he isn't writing yet, you can have him tell you stories. This will help him relate events and ideas in a logical order. This can help when he's ready to write the stories on paper.


Math

*Try to be enthusiastic about what your child is doing in math.

*Ask your child at dinner about what they learned in math that day.

*When your child finishes math homework, have him or her show you how he or she solved a few of the problems. This will help reinforce the skill, and they'll be proud they taught you something!