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6th grade fun...gearing up for Christmas!

Assignments!

Due Dates:

Friday 12-12-14

  • At- Oil spill (20 Points)
  • Workshop GROUP timeline (50 Points)
Tuesday 12-16-14
  • Character trait project
Thursday 12-18-14
  • Final Christmas Paper

Please encourage your child...and students stay on top of our project this month. We are trying to do it on our own...but reminding us things need to get done is always helpful :) This is a lot of moving parts...and we want it to come together. Remember you will need

  • Photos of your family
  • Interview (most of you have this done)
  • Character Fun

Next Book Report Is due January 19th 2015

  • Students will be able to choose any book report they want to do: timeline, letters, buried treasure...

30 Minutes of Reading a Night!

We will be continuing our reading 30 minutes a night! This is the AT HOME reading book! The next report is due on January 19th. You may choose any of the choices...like the first 3 that we did! (Timeline, Dialog Head, Treasure box...etc)

Reading is time consuming...but it is so important for your life! I KNOW your parents want the best for you...so please don't buck them...just read!

Reason #1 why reading is important:

Reading is fundamental to function in today's society. There are many adults who cannot read well enough to understand the instructions on a medicine bottle. That is a scary thought - especially for their children. Filling out applications becomes impossible without help. Reading road or warning signs is difficult. Even following a map becomes a chore. Day-to-day activities that many people take for granted become a source of frustration, anger and fear.

Want to read more: http://www.learn-to-read-prince-george.com/why-is-reading-important.html

Mrs. Johnson's thoughts!

Hi!

So we are getting closer to Christmas Break! Yay!

I can't believe we are rolling up on the end of the first Semester in January! Where does the time go?? Well as you can tell, we have been trying to really push the students and holding them to their 6th grade standards! The students are doing a decent job...every day is better.

Along with academics we also want to focus on responsibility and follow through too!

How many of you ask your students nightly "Do you have any homework?" and with bright eyes and solid conviction you get a "Nope" from your child! Then....about a day or two later you get a friendly email from me or another teacher that says..."Homework Missing:)"


SO I found this website http://www.empoweringparents.com/End-the-Nightly-Struggle-over-Homework-Now.php# and it has cool tips on how to set up homework policies with kids. It was pretty interesting.


I recently had an epiphany. It started a few years ago when I was watching my niece who was about 5-6... and asked her to go get her coat and shoes (with laces) on. She stared at me with a "I don't know how to do that ALL alone face". I was like....whoa of course I have to walk you through this. When our babies (kids, nieces/ nephews...any children) are very small...it is natural in us to help them, and to understand this is new and we need to train them on all the little things! My epiphany was that we stop doing that...and wonder why our kids become helpless. You see, organization is no different than the skill of learning to tie our shoes. But mom, dad, grandma...probably the mailman spent hours with us a kids to learn to tie our shoes...but who went over with us time and again the skills of how to organize our room, develop good study skills, put our backpack in the right spot, put dishes away, hand in our homework, follow up on a phone call? No one. For some reason these things are taught or reinforced very little, and these in fact are far more important LIFE SKILLS!


Students take the time with each other, and parents take the time with the students to TEACH each other life skills and stop assuming we know them already. We may just get a few more answers of .....Yes I do have homework, and I don't know how I'm going to get it all done and play my video games too :)

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