How to end the battles over getting ready

If your children are constantly battling you in the morning over getting ready quick enough, finding their supplies, and getting out the door on their own and without constant reminders, then Love and Logic has some tips that might help:

  • Schedule some time to plan and practice when you aren’t in a hurry.
  • Take yourself out of the loop as much as possible (the more you have to remind, the less your student is learning to do these things by themselves).
  • Focus on getting yourself ready. This is a good way to model how things ought to be.
  • Look for ways to give logical consequences, such as a student forgetting their homework or having to go to school in mismatched clothes.
  • Create a backup plan for if a student doesn’t get ready on time.

Here’s what Love and Logic has to say about the last point:

Some parents find it wise to have someone secretly on call. If the kids miss the bus, this person can arrive and charge them for taxi service to school.

By the time they reach kindergarten age, our kids… with good training and consistency on our part… can learn to take primary responsibility for getting themselves up and ready to go each and every day. Kids who learn this find it far more natural to assume personal responsibility in other areas of their lives.

You can read the rest of the article here.

Smoother Mornings

Love and Logic Institute, Inc.

Originally posted 2017-03-01 12:53:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Feb Factor 2020

Feb Factor 2020

50 new photos added to shared album

Thanks for everyone that donated food! We had plenty! Check out the pictures above for our crazy games, cards, and lunch!

Class activities for Thursday, February 13

Spelling: We started to review rules for adding suffixes onto base words. Most suffixes are just added onto words. For words that end in silent e, the e is dropped before adding a vowel suffix.

Cursive: Ten cursive sentences, seven or more words each, are due on Fridays.

Reading: Students practiced reading skills using MobyMax today.

Writing: We continued to work on our persuasive letter to the editor project today. We learned about the core democratic values of life, liberty, and diversity.

A persuasive letter is due Sunday, March 1. Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Students could be thinking of some ways to improve our school or community at this point.

Here are some resources to help with this project:

Math: Students worked on a STAR Math test today. Homework on weekdays is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax or Khan Academy.

We are only 0.2 from reaching our yearly goal!

Science: We used a simulation again today to model how instruments make sounds and how the sounds travel as waves.

Social Studies: We wrote notes in our minibooks about important economics ideas. We also started learning about a market economy. Finally, we started talking about how to make plans to reach our goals.

Character Strength: We are learning about love this week.

Notes:

  • Our Feb Factor Valentine’s Party is Friday, February 14 from 9 am to 12:30 pm. Here is our volunteer and guest list.
  • Celebration of Learning is Wednesday, March 4 from 4:30-7:00 pm. Come see your student’s leadership notebook, writing portfolio, and tour the school!
  • Spring conferences are March 3 and 5. Students with academic or behavior concerns may be asked to attend a conference. View, sign up or edit your conference time here.
  • MP3 report cards are available at Jupiter Ed.
  • Is your student doing a Daily Homework Time? Here’s a sample schedule and more ideas to get started.
  • Check out our class calendar to stay up-to-date.
  • View grades, assignments, and attendance at Jupiter Ed.

Our Mission:
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 5th grade.

Class activities for Wednesday, February 12

Spelling: None today.

Cursive: Ten cursive sentences, seven or more words each, are due on Fridays.

Reading: Students completed a STAR Reading test today. Here is our performance so far this year:

As you can see, we are only 0.1 away from reaching our yearly goal!

Writing: We started a new project today, a persuasive letter to the editor. Students will be writing about a way to improve our school or community, and convincing others that it is a good idea. This week, we are reviewing core democratic values that students will use as evidence.

A persuasive letter is due Sunday, March 1. Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Students could be thinking of some ways to improve our school or community at this point.

Here are some resources to help with this project:

Math: Students worked on the factors, multiples, and patterns unit test today. Most students took the test multiple times to try to improve their score. Our final mastery completion for this topic was 97%, our highest score in four units! Homework on weekdays is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax or Khan Academy.

Science: We used a simulation to model how instruments make sounds and how the sounds travel as waves.

Social Studies: We reviewed the scarcity problems chart from yesterday and worked on an organizer about how governments create economic systems.

Character Strength: We are learning about love this week.

Notes:

  • Our Feb Factor Valentine’s Party is Friday, February 14 from 9 am to 12:30 pm. Here is our volunteer and guest list.
  • Celebration of Learning is Wednesday, March 4 from 4:30-7:00 pm. Come see your student’s leadership notebook, writing portfolio, and tour the school!
  • Spring conferences are March 3 and 5. Students with academic or behavior concerns may be asked to attend a conference. View, sign up or edit your conference time here.
  • MP3 report cards are available at Jupiter Ed.
  • Is your student doing a Daily Homework Time? Here’s a sample schedule and more ideas to get started.
  • Check out our class calendar to stay up-to-date.
  • View grades, assignments, and attendance at Jupiter Ed.

Our Mission:
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 5th grade.

Class activities for Tuesday, February 11

Spelling: Students continued working on Words to Learn lists from words they missed on the last spelling test. This is your student’s customized spelling list for the next test.

Cursive: Ten cursive sentences, seven or more words each, are due on Fridays.

Reading: We read a persuasive essay about genetically modified foods.

Writing: Students worked on publishing their literary essay today. A literary essay is due Tuesday, February 11. Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Students should be finished with their essay tonight!

Here are some resources to help with this project:

Math: We practiced finding patterns using shapes and pictures today. Homework on weekdays is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax or Khan Academy.

Science: None today due to extra social studies time.

Social Studies: Students worked on reading about different scenarios about scarcity and planning what choices could be made. Homework is to finish the Scarcity Chart if not done in class.

Character Strength: We are learning about love this week.

Notes:

  • Our Feb Factor Valentine’s Party is Friday, February 14 from 9 am to 12:30 pm. Here is our volunteer and guest list.
  • Celebration of Learning is Wednesday, March 4 from 4:30-7:00 pm. Come see your student’s leadership notebook, writing portfolio, and tour the school!
  • Spring conferences are March 3 and 5. Students with academic or behavior concerns may be asked to attend a conference. View, sign up or edit your conference time here.
  • MP3 report cards are available at Jupiter Ed.
  • Is your student doing a Daily Homework Time? Here’s a sample schedule and more ideas to get started.
  • Check out our class calendar to stay up-to-date.
  • View grades, assignments, and attendance at Jupiter Ed.

Our Mission:
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 5th grade.