Are you Ready for the Big Fall Transition?
As for adults, transitions can be difficult even if the changes are welcome. We sometimes forget that children struggle with transition as well, if not more, as they have not yet acquired the skills to maneuver their feelings and understand how to reach out for support.
Whether your student is going back to the same school or entering a new one, seeing the same old friends or being bused to a new town, or maybe even repeating a class. September is one of the most difficult months of the year as change is coming from all directions. August is a great month to start preparing your student for that transitional month. Forming a positive relationship with a tutor over the summer is key to helping your student make a seamless, supportive transition back to a great school year. It’s never too late to start!
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In The News
Washington Post (June 6, 2011): D.C.’s Bruce-Monroe school tries Singapore math method A close look at the D.C. school points up the challenges involved in transplanting a “math miracle” from Asia. These include high levels of student mobility, instructor turnover and a curriculum that proponents say requires a depth of understanding most U.S. elementary teachers don’t acquire in their math training.
In the most recent Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, Singapore ranked second in the world in fourth-grade math, just behind Hong Kong. The United States placed 11th. Singapore also has excelled on other international tests. (read more)
Eagle Tribune ( July 19, 2011) NH Tenure Change makes some happy some not
Last week, Gov. John Lynch allowed Senate Bill 196 to become law without his signature. New teachers must now work five years in a school district, instead of only three, to receive tenure.
The law’s intent is to remove substandard teachers from the classroom and give school administrators more time to assess the performance of educators, according to House Speaker William O’Brien, R-Mont Vernon. (read more)
Transition to Middle school
Elementary to Middle school and Middle school to High school are big transition years for students and families. Not only is there typically a physical location change but you also have all the familiar faces changing, expectations changing, homework load and sometimes even a start-and-end time change. Below I have listed a few articles from some great organizations that can help prepare your student for the year to come.
NEA Transition to Middle School Peter Lorain A key indicator of a successful middle school experience is a positive transition from elementary school. Unfortunately, positive anything is difficult for soon-to-be middle school students, if all they can think about is: (read more).
Scholastic Making the Transition For many kids, the transition to middle school couldn’t come at a worse time. Just as your child is wrestling with her own rollercoaster emotions, just as she’s struggling to understand and accept the physical changes in her body — all of which make her alternately distracted, forgetful, anxious, self-conscious, and argumentative — everything about the school day is changing too. (read more)
National High School Center Easing the Transition to High School The transition from middle school to high school represents a significant event in the lives of adolescents, one that necessitates support from, and collaboration among, teachers, parents, counselors, and administrators at both educational levels. Successful transitions place particular emphasis on ninth-grade initiatives and can create one of strongest bridges from middle to high school and beyond. This toolkit contains four resources—a fact sheet, policy brief, research brief, and snapshot—on how to supp ort and guide a smooth transition into high school. (read more)
Still looking for some great summer stimulus? Here are some of my suggestions:
The RSVP Pen Pal program unites elementary students and senior citizens by matching students with local senior citizens with whom they will correspond throughout the school year. Established in 2006 the program pairs an elementary school aged child with a senior citizen volunteer and the two of them write to each other about their family, their pets and their favorite activities, among other topics. By being paired with a student, the caring RSVP senior hopes to foster an interest in reading and letter writing to improve language, written communication, and social skills. For more information click here
Enterprise City At Enterprise City, students take on the roles of employers, employees, government officials, consumers and citizens. They work in a variety of businesses, organizations and government agencies. EC lets students apply and reinforce lessons learned in the classroom in a real-life setting. Most schools experience improved test scores and increased student attendance rates from students who experience Enterprise City. Learn more here
Summer Writing Camps Offered by Layne Case of Amity Publications our local children’s book author. The six week program (one hour per week or 6 hours) has been turned into a one week writing camp (12.5 hours total). This is for those children who prefer an “indoor” camp experience while maintaining reading and writing skills throughout the summer. The program includes math and collaborative learning skills, and, it promises to build self-esteem. “Campers” will become “authors” in a fun and creative setting. Writing Camps will be held in July and August. For more information and to register clic k here.
Summer Science Projects School to Family Connection.com The summer months provide a great opportunity for students to work on projects that help extend some of the ideas they might have learned during the school year or to pursue ideas that they might not have had a chance to do in the classroom. Here is just a short list of projects that could help prevent the summer slide in science and technology. click here .
Be Sure to See Us at These Events
Summer 2011 – Cochecho Arts Festival Dover, NH. Buy your button in support of the summer long music and arts programing and receive your Instant Benefits coupon pack loaded with special offers from local merchants. Tutor Doctor is offering one free hour of tutoring valued up to $59. For more information and to purchase a button visit Dovernh.org .
August 6th – Family Day at Maudsley State Park 10 am – 2 pm Family Day attracted almost 2,000 visitors to this event last year (which is largely free) and it’s a great time for kids, “tweens” and parents. This year is going to be over the top jam packed with events going on all day. We are hoping to have 25+ free activities, arts and crafts, sports games, demonstrations, clowns, pony rides, free face painting, etc… for more information visit Yankee Home Coming .
August 13th- Summer Reads “One World, Many Stories” Barrington 11am – 1 pm The closing program for all children and families are invited to an ice cream social sponsored by Tutor Doctor of New Hampshire followed by a performance of Absolutely Magic. Event to take place in the town gym located under the Barrington public library.