Your children are out of school enjoying the summer and before you know it, they will be boarding the school bus once again, or for many children, for the very first time as they enter Kindergarten. For young elementary students who have never been on a school bus, waiting for the bus on their first day of school can be an overwhelming experience. You’ve heard the term ‘It takes a village,’ and it truly takes a complex team to ensure the safe transportation of students to and from school. This team includes representatives from the schools, the school boards, the bus companies and, of course, the responsible parents or the caregivers and the students themselves.
It’s that time of year… your school-aged child is facing year-end examinations and progress reports. Being crucial to one’s education, regardless of grade, exams can be a stressful time for students. Turning exams and progress reports into positives for all children is something both educators and parents desire. The Calgary Catholic School District’s academic goal this year is “Success for all Students,” with a concentration on student wellness, specific to mental health and resiliency. A factor of resiliency for a student’s personal outcome is embedded in their ability to feel prepared for an exam. There are a number of ways you can take an active role in your child’s education, including promoting healthy study habits during this time.
There’s an unsettling trend: 100 per cent of kids in Kindergarten read for pleasure. By Grade 4, only 54 per cent say they do; 30 per cent in Grade 8 and just 19 per cent are choosing to read for enjoyment by Grade 12. Something happens to the reading experience of young people to make it seem a lot less enjoyable as they move from elementary to middle school to high school.
The world of drama in all its different forms is a great tool for families who want their children to make their own fun. While we often think of drama taking place in theatres with a cast of tens or more, there are lots and lots of ways to incorporate creative drama games and activities in your own home. And it’s a ton of fun!
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