Wow! What an unbelievably strange quarter we just experienced! I have never experienced a time where we have had to pivot and adapt so quickly to changes around us. I want to take a moment and thank each person who made this time of “remote learning” possible. Without tremendous cooperation between parents, teachers, school staff, and students, our kiddos would not have been able to finish the quarter as well prepared for next year. I know the Lord allowed this challenge for our good and for His glory. I believe we have learned a great deal during this time, and are better equipped for other challenges that may arise in future years.
This time of year, teachers are usually warning families about the “summer slide” that can occur. Keeping students’ minds active over summer is always important, but I feel it is more important than ever after this last quarter of being away from the structure of school. I would challenge you to do 3 things this summer. They will not take long, can be super enjoyable for families, and will help strengthen and prepare your students for next fall and beyond.
- Take time each day to grow in your relationship with the Lord, and help your children do the same. We teach kids the song that says “Read your Bible, pray everyday, and you’ll grow…grow…GROW!” This is just as important for our Christian young people as it is for us. Adults and children will be better equipped to handle the challenges of life if they are walking with the Lord each day.
- Read with your children each day. This does not need to be a long process. It can be as simple as reading a chapter a day from a fun book as a family. That 10-15 minutes will help your children in so many ways, and will provide a special bonding time for families. More is caught than taught, and students will be more likely to enjoy reading if their parents model those good habits.
- Make sure your elementary students (and even your older kiddos) have mastered their basic math facts on schedule. First graders should have mastered their basic addition and subtraction facts. Second graders should have mastered those, plus their multiplication tables for 0, 1, 2, 3, 5, and 10. Third graders and above should have also mastered all multiplication and division tables from 0-12. If those are mastered, math class will be more interesting and less frustrating for your kiddos. We recommend www.xtramath.org for fact mastery, but basic facts can be mastered many ways.
Have a wonderful summer! Let us know if there is anything we can do to help your family during this time. We look forward to seeing you in the fall for a fantastic school year.
Miss Aimee Richards