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Attention Imhotep Families!

Did you know?

Children who regularly eat meals with their families tend to do better in school and avoid risky behavior.  Eating dinner together is great, but other meals count, too.  If you work at night, maybe you could make time for a family breakfast, or try a picnic lunch on a weekend.

~Home & School Connection~ 

Parent to Parent: Simple Reading practice

A parent found a way to give their children reading practice – and improve their behavior at the same time.  Try writing short notes to your children and leave them around the house.  You can mention your child’s good behavior (“Thanks for helping with the dishes!”) or write reminders (“Please hang me up. Signed, your towel”).  Sometimes the notes are about not – so – good behavior.  (“I was disappointed when you yelled at me.  Can we talk about it?”)  You can make sure to leave notes for treats, too! (“Let’s go fly your kite this afternoon!”).  In addition, look for unique places to put the notes, such as on their pillows, in front of the dog’s water bowl, or pinned to the shower curtain.  The kids enjoy discovering the notes and reading them aloud.  (Food for thought!)

~Reading Connection~

“Take a look in a book!”

Depending on your child’s language skills, give them a book to read.  Help them to choose one to read or you can read to them.  Reading to a child stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of words.  Also, it’s a great way for them to continue to develop their listening  skills.   Reading beyond their reading level stretches their understanding and motivates them to improve their skills. So, “take a look in a book” together.

After-school chats!

Asking your child(ren) “How was school today?” might not get you far.  Instead, ask questions like these for a better picture of your youngster’s day:

  1. Set aside time each day to go through his/her papers.  Try to do it first thing after school when his/her day is fresh in their mind.
  2. “What’s the coolest thing that happened? What wasn’t so cool?”
  3. “Pretend you’re the teacher.  How would you describe the day?”
  4. “What made you laugh?”
  5. “What was the most creative thing you did?”
  6. “How were you kind or helpful today?  Was anyone kind or helpful to you?”