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We know you'll want to stay informed about what's happening here at school, so in addition to sending home "The Whitebead Weaver" with our students each month, you'll also be able to view it online. Our monthly newsletter's goal is helping us by Interconnecting Students, Parents, and Teachers. So enjoy, and check back often for updates!

Summer Reading Programs

You are probably aware that your local library offers wonderful summer reading programs with great prizes and incentives. There are also other places you might not realize that offer summer reading programs. These include:

  • Bookstores
  • Scholastic
  • Check E. Cheese
  • Half-Priced Books
  • National Amusement Theaters

Arts and Crafts

The summer is a great time to learn some new skills. There are many literacy related crafts that your child can enjoy. One great craft that will get your child writing is making cards. There are many different types of cards you can make.

  • Potato print cards: Cut shapes out of a potato, and let your child use the shapes to stamp a decoration on the card with paint.
  • Glitter cards: Let your child draw simple shapes on the front of the card with glue. Cover the shapes with glitter.
  • Shape cards: Let your child cut various shapes out of old wrapping paper. Decorate the card by making a collage of shapes.

Social Skills

Social skills are important to helping children navigate the sometimes confusing world of friendships and school. Good social skills allow children to make friends, solve problems, make decisions, and negotiate with others. Some important social skills for young children include:

  • Saying hello, please, and thank you
  • Waiting your turn
  • Following directions
  • Showing good sportsmanship
  • Appropriately dealing with anger
  • Knowing how to join a group
  • Using eye contact
  • Showing empathy for others
  • Accepting responsibility when wrong
  • Complimenting others

Conflict Resolution Scenarios

Conflict resolution is a skill that we can teach and improve upon. One of the best ways that you can help your child learn to resolve conflicts is by talking about solving problems from a young age. One way to do this with children is through the use of scenarios. Scenarios provide a safe, make-believe scenario for a child to practice his or her conflict resolution skills without having to deal with real conflict. Some examples of scenarios you could practice with your child include:

  • You and your friend go outside to play, however, you want to play on the swings and your friend wants to play ball. What could you do?
  • Your little brother takes apart the puzzle you have been working on. What could you do?
  • Your best friend asks you to let her copy your homework. What could you do?
  • You broke a friend's favorite toy by mistake. What could you do?
  • Your sister borrowed your sweater and spilled her lunch on it. What could you do?