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Growth Education October Coloring Contest

Halloween Coloring Contest for Kids

Growth Education is having a Halloween Coloring Contest for Kids! ALL children are welcome to enter and all entries will be entered to win a prize. Click on one of the designs below to print your coloring sheet. The rules are on the back of each sheet. Like the Growth Education Facebook page. Print and color your sheet. Include the artist’s first name on the front of the sheet. On the Facebook coloring contest post, leave a comment with a picture of your child’s masterpiece. If we receive 100 entries, Growth Education will donate $100 to Feed the Children, so please share with your friends and family near and far! The deadline is Thursday, Oct 29th. 3 BIG WINNERS will be drawn on Growth Education’s Facebook page the afternoon of Friday, Oct 30th. We will give away 3 awesome prizes! Click on the link to open the coloring sheet of your choice: Candy Skull Pumpkin with Hat Scary Pumpkins Trick or Treat

teachers get to know your child

5 Ways to Help Teachers Get to Know Your Child

For 10 months out of the year, your child spends 7 hours a day, 5 days a week with their teacher. That’s around 180 days and over 1,200 hours with your child. It is difficult to quickly learn about every student in the class so they can support them socially, emotionally, academically, and teach them. This year it will be even more difficult with so many schools starting the year virtually, so here we have 5 ways to help teachers get to know your child. Answering questionnaires or informational papers provides insight for the teacher and allows them to create a more meaningful relationship with your child throughout the year. Below is a list of documents, each with a brief description, that will help guide you. Every teacher is different and may have you fill out their own forms, however any and all of these would be beneficial for your child’s teachers to receive at the start of the school year. As a teacher, I would be grateful to get additional information about any child in my class. Look through and pick which one or ones you think would be most helpful to you, your child, and their teacher. I cannot stress enough the importance of honesty and openness when answering these questions. Teachers love your children and want to support them, but it can be difficult if they don’t know the whole child. Parent Information Sheet – Simple contact information as well as a few short answer questions that you will answer about your child …

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STEM activities

4 STEM Activities with Materials You Have at Home

What are the 5 C’s and why are they important? The National Education Association (NEA) conducted research and interviews asking education and business leaders the qualities needed to be successful in the 21st century. They determined the four most important skills are critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication (NEA, 2012). Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) added the fifth component of citizenship, ensuring that students would learn to be respectful citizens as well. Here is a breakdown of each skill, followed by 4 STEM activities and how to incorporate these skills into the activities. Critical Thinking         ➢    Displays curiosity         ➢    Seeks information         ➢    Analyzes and evaluates information to solve a problem or form an opinion.         ➢    Re-evaluates a solution or opinion based on new information Creativity         ➢    Generates original ideas and unique solutions         ➢    Uses imagination to expand on ideas         ➢    Views things from a different perspective Collaboration         ➢    Cooperates with others and makes meaningful contributions         ➢    Values ideas and opinions of others         ➢    Builds on the ideas of others Communication         ➢    Expresses information, ideas, and opinions clearly         ➢    Listens to the ideas and opinions of others         ➢    Asks clear and appropriate questions to better understand ideas or opinions Citizenship         …

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Social Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning – 5 Core Skills & 5 Helpful Tips

We teach kids how to say “please” and “thank you”. We teach kids how to read. We teach kids how to eat. We teach kids how to write. We teach kids how to speak. So why don’t we explicitly teach kids how to be aware, understand, and manage their social emotional learning? Social emotional learning is one of the most overlooked and important aspects of development for both children and adults. Social and emotional learning (SEL) is “the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions” (The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), January 2017). The 5 Core Skills of Social Emotional Learning Self-awareness growth mindset strengths and weaknesses mindfulness understanding emotions Self-management being able to control your emotions and behaviors motivation and goal setting Social awareness respecting and understanding all cultures different perspectives diversity empathy Relationship skills being able to maintain relationships interacting with others in meaningful ways Responsible decision making making good choices problem solving To read more about these from www.casel.org, click here. In the classroom we use the teaching method “I do, we do, you do”. The teacher models a skill, the class does it together or in small groups, then the students do it independently. The slow release, mixed with supports teachers put in place, allow the child to see the expectation, practice, then apply it. …

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How to prepare my child for Kindergarten

7 Ways to Prepare for Success in Kindergarten

Have you ever wondered, “How can my child prepare for success in Kindergarten?” or “What do kindergarten teachers really want kids to know?” Your child’s success in the fall can start as early as today! Kindergarten is an exciting time for everyone, but it can also be a confusing time for parents who are not familiar with the expectations in today’s kindergarten classroom. These suggestions will help you build some of the critical kindergarten readiness skills with your child. We will continue to post more tips and expectations, so be sure to check back regularly! Read to Your Child Everyday It is crucial that you READ to your child every single day. We simply cannot stress enough the importance of doing so. This will help them start to understand what print is and that print has meaning. This is also a great opportunity for children to learn new vocabulary. Kindergarten teachers easily recognize students who have this routine in place at home. Those students typically have a significant advantage over students who did not have this experience at home. If you do nothing else, please implement or expand on your reading routine. See our blog post here on questions to ask while reading with your child to enhance the reading experience even further. Letter Recognition Instead of using flashcards, play games to help your child recognize the letters of the alphabet. Read alphabet books. Start with focusing on letters that are meaningful to your child, such as: the first letter of their first name the first …

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Coloring Contest for Kids

Growth Education’s Coloring Contest for Kids!

May 30th is National Creativity Day! To celebrate, Growth Education is having a Coloring Contest for Kids! ALL children are welcome to enter and all entries will be entered to win a prize.  Click on one of the designs below to print out your coloring sheet. The rules are on the back of each sheet.  Once you have completed your masterpiece: Like our Facebook page In the comments of the Facebook post, add a photo of your coloring sheet (with the artist, if you can) and use the hashtag #GrowthEd Include (or private message) the artist’s first name and last initial to be entered to win a prize For every 100 entries, Growth Education will donate $100 to Feed the Children, so please share with friends and family near and far. The deadline is Friday, May 29th.  3 BIG WINNERS will be drawn live on Growth Education’s Facebook page Saturday, May 30th at 11:30 am. We will give away 3 awesome prizes! Click on the link to open up the coloring sheet of your choice: Flowers and Suns Flip Flop Fun Creative Heart Mermaid Fun

Goal of the Month for Parents

Goal of the Month for Parents

Each month, we share a new Goal of the Month for parents. These goals give you something positive you can focus on with your children. Many are things you are already doing or have done in the past, but it is always good to circle back to them and we can all appreciate a new take on them. Here, we have compiled all of our previous goals and we will continue to add to this post.  May 2020 Review with your kids the proper way to wash their hands! Remember the 5 steps listed by the CDC: wet, lather, scrub, rinse, and dry. Read our full blog post, Handwashing Tips for Kids, for ways to add some pep to your child’s handwashing routine. April 2020 Take this month to appreciate the extra time with your kids by trying new activities together each week. Here are a few to get you started: have an indoor picnic, learn a TikTok dance, write a letter or thank you note, take a virtual field trip, and have a cooking challenge. Read our full blog post on this, Indoor Family Quarantine Activities, for more ideas. March 2020 Challenge your child to make a new friend. Whether they find someone new to eat lunch with or sit next to a new kid on the bus, it’s important to encourage kids to form new relationships! February 2020 We all know the importance of limiting screen time. Make it a goal this month for everyone in the family to stop screen time 1 hour …

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Education Quotes for Parents and Teachers

Education Quotes for Parents and Teachers

At Growth Ed, we love an inspiring quote, so we have compiled a list of some of our favorite education quotes for parents and teachers. Check out our blog for our insightful Teacher Tips for Parents! “You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss “I like a teacher who gives you more to think about besides homework.” – Lily Tomlin “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” -Chinese Proverb “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – W.B. Yeats “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” -Igancio Estrada “Every student can learn, just not in the same way or on the same day.” – George Evans “Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.” – Oprah Winfrey “Let us remember: one book, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, “I’m possible!” – Audrey Hepburn “Given the right circumstances, being different is a superpower.” – Greta Thunberg “Children are the priority. Change is the reality. Collaboration is the strategy.” – Judith Billings “Behind every child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first.” …

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Kindergarten Prep for Alphabet & Sounds

Kindergarten Prep for Alphabet & Sounds

Having a good understanding of alphabet and sound knowledge is the beginning step in developing reading skills. It is crucial that children can identify the letters of the alphabet out of order and identify the sound each letter makes. This applies to both capital and lowercase letters and should be automatic. They must have this understanding before reading can take place. Here are some basics for you on Kindergarten prep for alphabet and sounds. First, instead of teaching the name of the letter in isolation, you may also teach it with the sound the letter makes. We know the English language is very tricky and some letters make multiple sounds, but when your child is in preschool or early Kindergarten, it is best to focus on the most common sound for each letter. Once your child can consistently identify the most common sound for all letters, that is the point to introduce the other sounds the letters make. When Meghan taught in London, they even focused on teaching the letter sound before teaching the letter name. Just knowing the letter name does not transfer to reading; they have to know the letter sounds in order to sound out the word.  Aim to work on 3 letters and their sounds at a time. Once the 3 letters and sounds are mastered, you can add in a new one. Keep in mind that repetition is key when teaching alphabet and sounds. One fun activity that supports this skill is using bathtub letters. Here is one of Andrea’s favorite …

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Handwashing Tips for Kids

Handwashing is probably getting old for everyone by now, and that is exactly why it is a great time for some handwashing tips for kids! CDC Guidelines Review with your kids the proper way to wash their hands. The CDC describes the following 5 steps in detail (link). Wet Lather Scrub Rinse Dry Experiment Try one of these experiments to illustrate the importance of proper handwashing and they count as science lessons too: Younger children – This one is very simple! (link) Older children – This one is an actual lesson plan and is more involved and requires some materials you may not already have at home. (link) Add Some Pep Here are 5 ways you can pep up handwashing for yourself and for your kids: Pull out those holiday soaps to add in some variety. Come up with a silly song or part of a song that is at least 20 seconds long to sing while washing. Bonus points if you and/or your kids make up your own hand-washing song. If you do, please share it with us! Put lotion at every sink and moisturize immediately after. We all know that super dry or cracked skin can make it painful to keep washing our hands. Lotion your hands well before bed. You can even sleep with gloves on your hands to keep that moisture locked in. Have your children make a list of the times or activities after which it is most important to wash their hands. When they make the list, they will feel …

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