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Words Matter

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As parents and even teachers, it can be easy to default to certain phrases that we heard as children. Research has shown over the years that words truly matter and some slight changes can completely change the outcome that we’re looking for. Here are some examples.

Instead of: Try:

“Be quiet”    “Can you use a softer voice?”

“What a mess!” “It looks like you had fun! How can we clean up?

“Do you need help?” “I’m here to help if you need me”

“I explained how to do this yesterday” “Maybe I can show you another way.”

“Do I need to separate you?”       “Could you use a break?”

“Stop Crying” “It’s okay to cry”

“Do you have any questions?”  “What questions do you have?”

“You’re Ok.”        “How are you feeling?”

“It’s not that hard”      “You can do hard things.”

Which ones will you try with someone you love today?

Make the Most of this Time of Year

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Summer is a great time to enrich and enhance student learning in a fun way. Parents can plan small, inexpensive or free outings in and around Crothersville that will allow students to expand their knowledge and pique curiosity. Parks and nature preserves serve as excellent outdoor classrooms where children can learn and explore. Children need to read daily, so picking out books at the library is a fun way to read for pleasure and keep up on reading skills.

As parents look toward getting back to school, it is helpful to get students back on a “school” schedule prior to the night before school starts. If bedtime has become lax, try moving it up 15 minutes each week until the ideal bedtime is achieved. By implementing earlier bedtimes a couple weeks before the start of school, students will be ready for their return to a new school year.