Wayne County Regional Enhancement Education Millage Proposal

 

School districts in Wayne County have placed a proposal on the November 8th ballot to provide added funding for our schools. It is the “Regional Enhancement Millage Proposal.”

If approved by the entire county, the 2 mil proposal will generate approximately $6.2 million from Dearborn but the District will receive $7.8 million in additional funding for our schools.  Money would go to local schools starting this year and the millage expires after six years.  Continue reading

Wayne County Regional Enhancement Education Millage Proposal

 

School districts in Wayne County have placed a proposal on the November 8th ballot to provide added funding for our schools. It is the “Regional Enhancement Millage Proposal.”

If approved by the entire county, the 2 mil proposal will generate approximately $6.2 million from Dearborn but the District will receive $7.8 million in additional funding for our schools.  Money would go to local schools starting this year and the millage expires after six years.  Continue reading

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Useful Websites

Math Websites

Math Websites for Practice

Fun Brain
https://Funbrain.com

Find math games by topic or by grade at FunBrain.  Students will enjoy playing a variety of math games that reinforce concepts and engage young learners.

Math Blaster
https://Mathblaster.com

The message to Math Blaster’s is clear:  “Your success depends on your ability to use your brain and logic skills.”  With a space/alien theme, Math Blaster’s lets your students become intergalactic heros based on their math operation and critical thinking skills.  Registration is required, but the game itself is free.  Be sure to check out the Teacher Section to find Math Blaster for the Classroom.

Multiplication.com
https://multiplication.com

From the Multiplication Grand Prix to the Knight and the Princess, students can practice their basic math skills in a fun and engaging way.  There are additional resources available for parents and teachers to help reinforce and teach skills.  Check out the Classroom Games section for off-line fun.

Learn Zillion
https://LearnZillion.com

Find lessons that complement what you are studying in the classroom based on the Common Core Standards for grades 3-9.  While less of a “math game” site than some of the others on the list, Learn Zillion provides a strong, comprehensive approach to online math education.  Take time to explore the free resources available to teachers and parents.

Hooda Math
https://HoodaMath.com

Logic and reasoning, math fact practice, and more make up the free educational games at Hooda Math.  There are quite a few games that call for higher order thinking and ask students to problem solve to complete the activities.

Manga High
https://mangahigh.com

Mange High offers free and subscription packages to classroom and homeschool teachers.  The free site allows students to play basic games to reinforce math skills and compete against the computer or others.  The subscription version gives teachers the opportunity to track students’ progress and see where there are gaps in their basic skills.

Math Game Time
https://MathGameTime.com

Designed for students from Pre-K through 7th Grade, Math Game Time offers fun, educational games.  From games like Integer War, Ratio Martian, and Jet Ski Addition, students quickly engage with games that are on-target for their grade and the Common Core Standards.

Math Playground
https://MathPlayground.com

“Play with Numbers and Give Your Brain a Workout” is the motto of Math Playground.  Assign students games to play related to logic, number skills practice, geometry, algebra, probability, fractions and more.  There are also math word problems and video instruction to help students remember how to solve them.  Does your school use Singapore Math?
Math Playground has a section dedicated just to it.

CryptoKids 
https://www.nsa.gov/kids/home.shtml

America’s CryptoKids website is sponsored by the NSA and focuses on codemaking and sodebreaking.  Students can learn more about cryptology and create and break common codes.  There are student resources, high school programs, and even college programs that can be explored.  While the site may not focus on basic math skills, cryptology requires critical thinking that essential to student success.

BBC KS2 Bitesize
https://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/

Math practice with a bit of British humor is what Bitesize is all about.  Based off of Britain’s standards, the site still
offers ample practice with decimals, factors and multiples,
addition and subtraction, and more.  The games are
amusing, but the skill practice is substantial.

Cool Math Games
https://www.coolmath-games.com/

Coolmath-Games has exactly what the name implies – fun and unique math learning opportunities for students.  One of the most interesting features is an online jigsaw puzzle section that features a variety of photos turned into puzzles.  This is especially helpful for developing spatial relations in young learners.  They have an extensive preview and review of Precalculus and Calculus in addition to their elementary and middle school games and reviews.
It is a comprehensive site worth examining.

https://www.khanacademy.org/-  You can also sign up your child on this website.

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Reading Websites

Storyline Online

https://www.storylineonline.net

Developed by The Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Storyline Online features accomplished actors and actresses reading some of their favorite children’s books.  Each story comes with a free Activity Guide and can be viewed on YouTube or SchoolTube.  Rainbow Fish, Wilfrid Gordon Macdonald Partridge, and To Be a Drum are just a few of the books available.

Read to Me

https://readtomelv.com

Similar to Storyline Online, Read to Me features popular children’s books being read by famous performers.  There are activity guides with hands-on ideas, discussion questions, and lesson plans that can easily be adapted to the Common Core State Standards.  Entirely free, the site is colorful and engaging.

We Give Books

https://wegivebooks.org

A Pearson Foundation Initiative, We Give Books offers students a unique opportunity to read for social good.  Each book that is read results in a book that is donated to a charity for children.  While the books are not read aloud, they allow students to practice “Read to Self” with a good fit book during center time.  There are books for children in preschool through fourth grade.

 

Starfall

https://starfall.com

While some areas of Starfall are part of their premium service, they have many early reader stories available for free.  Students can follow along as the story is read to them and can, in some instances, help create their own story.  The website is highly engaging and a favorite of young readers.

 

Online Storytime by Barnes and Noble

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/online-storytime-books-toys/379003588/

From The Kissing Hand read by author Audrey Wood toPinkalicious read by Victoria Kann, Barnes and Noble’s Online Storytime has popular children’s books read out loud.  While there are no supplemental materials to accompany the stories, this free site is perfect for “Listen to Reading” stations.

Note:  The first story begins right away when the page opens so be sure that your volume is adjusted accordingly before clicking the link.

 

TumbleBooks

https://tumblebooks.com

https://www.tcpclibrary.org/tumblebooks.htm

https://www.portlandlibrary.com/kidsplace/tumblebooks.htm

TumbleBooks is a pay-for-use site that traditionally sells licenses to libraries and schools.  Many public libraries, such as the Tell City, IN Public Library, offer free access to their TumbleBooks account.  Students can follow along as the text is read them to help improve comprehension and fluency.  Choose from picture books to chapter books. Portland Public Library also has free access to TumbleBookCloud which gives access to Middle and High School level books.  If your school decides to purchase a school license, there is also access to the Common Core Portal that includes lessons and quizzes to accompany the books.

 

International Children’s Digital Library

https://en.childrenslibrary.org/

Discover books from around the world at the International Children’s Digital Library.  The free site does not read the books aloud, but students can read them independently during Read to Self or free time.  This is a great site for extension activities when learning about different regions of the world and can be used effectively into the middle school grades.

 

ABCya!

https://abcya.com

Children can listen to short stories read aloud to them as they follow along with the highlighted text.  ABCya! has a variety of educational games in addition to the featured stories.  Free resources and materials are available for grades K through 5.

 

Storynory

https://www.storynory.com/

Storynory features a collection of original, fairytale, and classic children’s audio stories.  Students can follow along with the story as it is read to them, as the text is also included on the site.  There are also some great features available that give you the option of downloading the audio to your computer, listening to “catch phrase” explanations, translating text into different languages (especially helpful for your ELL students!), and more.

 

National Geographic Young Explorers

https://ngexplorer.cengage.com/ngyoungexplorer/index.html

National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students.  Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text.  It is a great way to bring interesting non-fiction stories into reading center time.

 

Oxford Owl

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

After registering for a free account, you have access to over 250 children’s audio books that can be used in the classroom.  The book text is not part of the presentation, so students will not be able to follow along as it is read to them.

Fighting! Managing Anger & Handling other’s who are annoying.

It seems that a number of students are fascinated by fighting.  Fighting is against school rules.  It can endanger your self or others and it is against the law.  We teach students to handle themselves by ‘talking it out’ or using other strategies to handle annoying or upsetting situations.    Where can students fight freely?  Students can sign up for a marshal arts class, or go out for the wrestling team in middle school or high school.  At home, students can arm wrestle with each other (relatively safe, if following rules).   Soccer, swimming, basketball, tennis and bike riding (sports) will work tension out of the body so that there isn’t a pent up need to ‘fight’.

 

Rule #1:  STAY CALM:  Use deep breathing; take a walk; get a drink of water; talk it out.

Rule #2:  Ask the person to STOP.  Use a friendly or firm voice; use an I statement.. . . I feel _______  when you _____.

Rule 3#:  Ignore:  Don’t look at the person; turn and give them your shoulder; don’t talk back (it will turn into an argument).

Rule#4:  MOVE AWAY.  Run away and stand next to an adult; change your seat; move to another place in line.

Rule#5:  Tell and Adult.  Once you have tried all the strategies and you are still annoyed.

**ANGER RULES

  • It’s ok to feel Angry BUT
  • *Don’t hurt others
  • *Don’t hurt yourself
  • *Don’t hurt property
  • -DO talk about it.
  • Anger is a feeling and feelings just are.
  • Anger is Ok.
  • Abuse and Violence are not OK.
  • Taken from the book:  A Volcano in My Tummy.  Helping Children to Handle Anger.
  • by:  Eliane Whitehouse and Warwick Pudney, 1996.

Ways of Staying Calm and working through Angry Feelings:

Get enough sleep 8-10 hours; Eat Healthy Foods; Sports; Play outside 1+ hours a day; deep breathing; mediation; praying;  Art: coloring, drawing, painting, making stuff; Music: play or listen, sing; dancing; movement;  Talking with a trusted friend or adult; writing in a journal; hugs from the family.

All of these things allow us to express and move feelings through our body to process what has happened, so the feelings don’t get stuck in the body and cause headaches or stomachaches or other physical ailments.   Teaching children coping skills is essential to a healthy lifestyle and may prevent future drug, alcohol or other harmful habits that cause damage to  bodies and relationships.

What students report about ‘Not Enough Sleep’.

Third and fourth graders were interviewed, and this is what they had to say about not getting enough sleep.

~No Energy

~Grumpy Mood

~Can’t think

~Get into trouble

~Feel Mad

~Won’t want to go to school, causes us to be ‘late’ or not have enough time for breakfast

~Won’t want to wake up in the morning

Student require between 8 and 10 hours of sleep, to do their best in school.  Lack of sleep can cause students to look like they have attention deficit disorder (unable to concentrate or focus and unable to sit still in class).

Conflict is normal for students and adults.

Conflict is normal, it is how we learn to solve issues.  It’s how we handle it, that counts.  Do we get angry, and say and do things we later regret (break things or hurt someone’s feelings)?  Or do we take time to calm down, consider the situation and use our words to negotiate a win – win solution?

There will always be situations that we are not in agreement over.  There will always be people who annoy us or ‘push our buttons’ or ‘trigger’ us in some way.  At River Oaks Elementary, we teach students to use different ways /  tools to solve differences with others and handle annoying people.  We teach calming techniques i.e., take deep breaths, count to 10, take a walk and get a drink of water, write in a journal or talk to a trusted person.  We also teach a strategie called ‘De-Bug’.  1.  Ignore (don’t look at them or talk back (no arguing); turn your shoulder to that person)  2. Talk friendly the first time and tell the person to stop.  3.  Talk firmly and tell the person to stop. 4.  Move away.    5. Tell an Adult.

These are just a few of the strategies that we use at River Oaks Elementary.  As adults, its helpful to practice these strategies first, keep ourselves calm and ‘grounded’ and in doing so we will be role models for our children in positively handling conflict.

If you have any questions or comments or would like to talk it out about your personal situation with your child, please don’t hesitate to contact me by calling 313 827-8660  Ms. Leslie A.

Family Pledge of Non Violence

Pledge of Nonviolence

This is the Family Pledge of Nonviolence.  Links to other Pledge versions are below.

Institute for Peace and Justice

 

Family Pledge of Nonviolence

Making peace must start within ourselves and in our family.
Each of us, members of the ______________________
family, commit ourselves as best we can to become nonviolent and peaceable people:

To Respect Self and Others
To respect myself, to affirm others and to avoid uncaring criticism,
hateful words, physical attacks and self-destructive behavior.

To Communicate Better
To share my feelings honestly, to look for safe ways to express my anger, and to work at solving problems peacefully.

To Listen
To listen carefully to one another, especially those who disagree with me, and to consider others’ feelings and needs rather than insist on having my own way.

To Forgive
To apologize and make amends when I have hurt another,
to forgive others, and to keep from holding grudges.

To Respect Nature
To treat the environment and all living things,
including our pets, with respect and care.

To Play Creatively
To select entertainment and toys that support our family’s values and to avoid entertainment that makes violence look exciting, funny or acceptable.

To Be Courageous
To challenge violence in all its forms whenever I encounter it, whether at home, at school, at work, or in the community, and to stand with others who are treated unfairly.

This is our pledge.  These are our goals.  We will check ourselves on what we have pledged once a month on  ___________  for the next twelve months so that we can help each other become more peaceable people.

Pledging family members sign below:

_______________________

_______________________

_______________________

_______________________

_______________________

_______________________

“Eliminating violence, one family at a time, starting with our own.”

 

 

The Family Pledge of Nonviolence is available in many versions and  languages.  To view and print each of the following, please click on the version or language wanted. They are in either Text or PDF format.  PDF format requires use of Acrobat Reader which is available free on the Adobe Website. Click here to download Acrobat.

You are free to make copies of the pledge as long as you keep the Institute for Peace and Justice name and contact information on the copies.

What Students Require to be Successful in School.

  1. A consistent routine with 8-10 hours of sleep every night.
  2. Healthy food:  Eat the Rainbow -all colors of fruits, vegetables and protein at every meal.  Stay away from junk food-pop and candy.
  3. Minimum of 1 hour of play (outside: running, climbing, bicycling, swimming, soccer).
  4. Limit screen time to the weekends (stay off of violent video games and movies).
  5. Spend time daily on home work. Reading 30 min.  Math 15 min.
  6. Teach your child to work with you doing daily chores in and around the home.
  7. Spend time sharing stories and feelings from your day, give eye contact to your child and hugs.