Curricular & Spiritual Connections 2-26-21

2nd Trimester Offering – We are on our way!

WOW!!! This week we had over $600 in our school offering, making our grand total, $3,800. Thank you so much—if we keep that up for the next 2 weeks, we will be well on our way to our goal of building a well, $5,000!!!!

The following are ways you can help the kids meet their goal:

We will collect Water to Thrive offering through March 12, 2021. God bless you for your support. Peace and Grace. Please share this information about our offering campaign with friends and family by sharing this link: https://www.smore.com/8gcas

From Ed Scharlau:
Money is like water.
When water is moving and flowing, it cleanses, and purifies, it nourishes, and it creates growth.
When water slows down or is still, it can become stagnant and toxic.
These things are true of money as well.
Because money carries energy with it wherever it goes, we must understand the power of our relationship with money and use it for positive impact in our own lives and in the world.

Thanks for helping to make the positive impact on the children of Africa as well as our kids in understanding the impact we can make on others!


National Fairytale Day

Today, Friday, Feb. 26 is National Fairytale Day—read or tell a fairytale today! We just completed the second tri-annual assessments for literacy at the K-6th grade levels. What a celebration! Taking into account all 115 students, we only had seven students that didn’t meet the benchmark for literacy and we will be continuing with extra support to boost those students. What a thing to celebrate, this data point let’s us know that the universal literacy instruction we have in place for all our students is working. We’ve put all the supports in place to ensure that students are on the right track to be successful readers, and that includes you as parents. Modeling and promoting that love of reading at home is an essential piece of the puzzle. Here are a few tips for literacy tips for parents that I pulled from an AEA newsletter.

For Early Readers:

  • Invite a child to read with you every day.
    When reading a book where the print is large, point word by word as you read. This will help the child learn that reading goes from left to right and understand that the word he or she says is the word he or she sees.
  • Read a child’s favorite book over and over again.
  • Read many stories with rhyming words and lines that repeat. Invite the child to join in on these parts. Point, word by word, as he or she reads along with you.
  • Discuss new words. For example, “This big house is called a palace. Who do you think lives in a palace?”
  • Stop and ask about the pictures and about what is happening in the story.
  • Read from a variety of children’s books, including fairy tales, song books, poems and information Books.

 

For Readers:

  • Give books and magazine subscriptions as gifts.
  • Set your TV to show closed captioning. Your child will naturally read while watching!
  • Model reading — talk with your child about what you read.
  • Have a variety of reading materials around: books, magazines, newspapers. Keep them available in the house and car.
  • Set aside special time to read with your child.
  • Make reading an integral part of your children’s lives. Have them read menus, roadside signs, game directions, weather reports, movie time listings and other practical, everyday information.
  • Entice your children to read more by taking them to the library every few weeks to get new reading materials. The library also offers reading programs for children of all ages that may appeal to your children and further increase their interest in reading.
  • Show enthusiasm for your children’s reading. Your reaction has a great influence on how hard they will try to become good readers. Be sure to give them genuine praise for their efforts.