Teachers know that one of the marks of a bright child is the size of the child’s vocabulary. The definition of vocabulary is the knowledge of words and word meanings. Children with a larger vocabulary communicate better, read and write with greater understanding, and radiate confidence in their learning ability.
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.
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