As we move towards Spring, it is time to think about plans for next year's school year. Kindergarten is an especially big transition. In California, we have the addition of Transitional Kindergarten and this program offers young 5 year old children a two-year kindergarten program. TK was developed for children who's birthdays fall between September 2nd and December 2nd. They miss the September 1st cutoff date for regular kindergarten enrollment, but now, with the addition of TK, these children can benefit from a transitional year to develop the skills needed to succeed in school. For more information, take a look at this site: http://www.tkcalifornia.org/about-tk/about-tk.html. All California public elementary schools now offer Transitional Kindergarten. Check with your local school to learn more about their program.
It is time to get back in gear for back-to-school. To read more about it, click here at The Topanga Messenger.
As this school year comes to a close, our class goodbye song, “Goodbye, Friends,” takes on a melancholy meaning for me for it will soon be time to say goodbye to this group of children as summer vacation begins and they matriculate to their next classroom.
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Spring is the time for new beginnings, blooming flowers and new wildlife, but it is also the time for school projects. As we enter the final months of school, often a culminating project demonstrating a child’s understanding of the content taught is a requirement.
This can be a bit daunting for both students and parents, but taken a step at a time, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. In fact, if you follow these steps, it can be E.A.S.Y!
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This is the time of year when events are coming in rapid succession. One of the biggest school events is Open House. This is the special evening when parents and children come to school to see all of the work, projects and art that the children have been working on during the year. It is very important to children because it is a time when they can proudly show their work to their families. It is a time to see the classroom, school garden, science room and computer lab. It is a time for parents and children to explore other classrooms and get a peek at what is to come next year and a time for younger siblings to get a taste of their future.
Open House is a time to honor the hard work your children have done and to note their accomplishments. Children are thrilled to have the opportunity to proudly show off. Take the time to attend, talk with your child about their work and to make a big fuss over all they have done this school year!
There comes a time when every parent entertains the idea of their child receiving an allowance, or pocket money. There is even a game devoted to teaching the concept of allowance: “The Allowance Game” allows players ages five and up to learn about earning money, maintaining responsibilities such as homework, and how to spend money responsibly.
Giving your child an allowance is a topic that appears suddenly in the middle elementary years or when a child’s best friend begins receiving one. By thinking about how you want to handle allowance ahead of time, you will be prepared when the topic comes up. You might even bring up the subject yourself.
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