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Intermediate - Jr. High
Dear Mr. Henshaw,I
wish somebody would stop stealing the good stuff out of my lunch
bag. I guess I wish a lot of other things, too. I wish someday
Dad and Bandit would pull up in front in the rig ... Dad would
yell out of the cab, "Come on, Leigh. Hop in and I'll give
you a lift to school." Leigh Botts has been author Boyd
Henshaw's number one fan ever since he was in second grade. Now
in sixth grade, Leigh lives with his mother and is the new kid
at school. He is lonely, troubled by the absence of his father, a
cross-country trucker, and angry because a mysterious thief
steals from his lunch bag. Then Leigh's teacher assigns a
1984 Newbery Medal
What is the cause of a
high percentage of most family tension?
Miscommunication, according to management consultant Marilyn
Moats Kennedy. To avoid stress caused by communication
errors or misunderstandings, consider these suggestions:
Say "yes" or "no." Don't respond to
questions with "maybe" or
"probably." Telling your child you will try to
get something done for Tuesday causes all kinds of grief when
you don't. Our families hear the "I'll try to have it for
you" statement as a positive one. When you don't
deliver, they get upset.
Double check to be
sure that your child has understood what you meant. Ask
a follow-up question to be sure you both are on the same
does occur, don't blame it on the child. Don't share
your dissatisfaction with others in the family, because the word will get back
to your child.
Adapted from Glamour,
New York, NY 10017
Show Compassion and
As a body needs
food, a soul needs compassion. Loving your children without
compassion is not enough. Compassion is a soft and gentle
understanding...it's tender loving care. It means you are
attuned, that you really feel for another. It's noticing the
look on another's face that says, "I'm really having a bad
Children need a generous
dose of compassion when they are tired, cranky, or just plain
impossible, and so do you. Take notice when they are out of
sorts and tell them when you are having a rough time, too, then pour
on the tenderness.
Adapted from Wonderful
Ways to Love A Child by Judy Ford
Six Keys to Motivation
When your thoughts run
around, "I wish I could motivate John," that usually means:
"I wish I could get John to do more of his learning
activities." Here are six keys which may help.
performance. Describe how the task should be done and how
you want it to be. Then ask your student to do it that way.
Use lots of positive
personalized reinforcement. Don't take acceptable work for
granted. Thank your child for it. And praise him every
time he improves. Remember, though, that while what
motivates one of your children may leave another cold....or even
irritated. So find out what works with each of your
children, and use it.
relationships. This doesn't mean be buddy-buddy with your
child. But it does mean you should treat your child like a
real, live human being. He will respond best when your actions
show you respect his individuality and trust his intentions.
child's point of view. Make a habit of listening to your
children and asking their opinion before you give directions or
offer advice. If you listen first, and listen with an open
mind, your child is more likely to cooperate when you decide
something has to be done differently.
Model what you
want. Approach your own work with a sense of urgency, use
your time efficiently, and meet the goals you set. Show your
children, by your actions, that the task really does matter, that
quality is important, and that deadlines are real.
Refuse to accept poor
performance. We do have to tell our children when their
performance is not acceptable. Sometimes this means a
reprimand. At other times you can handle it through
coaching. But either way you are demonstrating that
standards matter...and that, in itself, is motivational. As
the old saying has it, "It's better to aim for 'Excellence'
and hit 'Good' than to aim for 'Good' and hit 'Average'."
Adapted from Practical
Look for a silver lining in every cloud.
Attitudes Toward Time
One who every morning
plans the transactions of the day and follows out that plan carries
a thread that will guide one through the labyrinth of the most busy
life. The orderly arrangement of time is like a ray of light
which darts itself through all his occupations. But where no
plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to
the chance of incidents, chaos will soon reign.
Using time effectively is
dependent on just one thing...your daily identification of priorities
of the things you have to do. You must decide what the important
objectives are in your life and then establish priorities every day in
relation to these objectives. Perhaps this truth of
self-management is so simple it escapes many people and they start
getting up-tight about "time."
These frustrations of time
are largely due to your attitudes towards time. Many of these
attitudes are based on false assumptions. For example, you have
been told that to be successful you must learn to manage your
time. This is impossible. You cannot "manage
time." It is frustrating to think you can mange something
over which you have absolutely no control. But you can learn to
manage yourself. You have been working on this most of your
Adapted from The
Public School Administrator
you look at yourself on the level of historical time, as a tiny but influential
part of a century-long process, then at least you can begin to know
your own address. You can begin to sense the greater pattern,
and feel where you are within it, and your acts take on meaning.
Summer Writing Projects
If your child is at a loss
for something to do, suggest a fun writing project.
Write down your
preschool child's words. For example, ask the child to tell
you about a drawing, then you write the words below it. This
gives the preschool child a sense of the function of words and
their power to express personal thoughts.
Play word games such
as Scrabble and crossword puzzles. On trips, find the
alphabet in license plates and tell riddles.
Suggest ideas for
special writing projects...younger children can make signs for
their room or for a lemonade stand; older children can keep a
diary, a journal, or a vacation notebook.
Adapted from National
Every now and then, go through a whole
day without criticizing anyone.
Hot July Links:
Up Baseball: This game will give your student a few hours of
fun with the national past time. Be aware there is advertising
on the page. http://www.prongo.com/math/
KidPub was created in 1995 as a safe, fun place for kids to improve
their writing skills by sharing their stories, poems, reviews, and
other creative writing with a worldwide audience. It's one of the
oldest web sites still in operation.
Biology in Motion:
Original, entertaining, interactive biology learning activities. You
will find animations, interactive activities, and cartoons designed to
make learning biology a richer, more engaging experience.
This website began with listing software, predominantly freeware,
available via the internet for the benefit of children. Over the
years, it has developed into a resource directory covering every
aspect concerning the wellbeing of children off all ages. It
includes resources for parents, teachers, careers and children
Zoo for Kids: Five games will keep your student entertained
while teaching them about animals of the zoo. Colorful, with sounds
and animation. You will want to explore, as well.
these warm days
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