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The End is Near But Not Yet Here: How to Finish the School Year Strong

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Springtime is like no other time of year.  The warm weather and seemingly longer days beckon us outdoors  and the temptation to slack off on school work may be overwhelming with the end of the school year finally in sight.  If you detect a bit of this particular strain of spring fever in your student  keep in mind that, for them, finishing the school year strong is vital.

A strong finish will make them a better student overall as well as instill the important life lesson that achieving goals  brings a special kind of  satisfaction.

Here are a few suggestions that you can do to alleviate spring fever and help students stay encouraged and energized through the end of the school year.

  1. Continue to help them stay organized.
  2. Support healthy eating and sleeping habits to maintain their energy and stamina.  
  3. Encourage them to stay engaged with school work as well as school activities in a balanced way. 
  4.  Tell them how proud you are of them for all the hard work they did to get to this point. 
  5. Reinforce the importance of not quitting before the job is finished – as it may lead to regrets later.   

Keep your motivational intentions cheerful but consistent. Your goal is to help your student keep their school performance on par with the work they did during the rest of the year. Remember, a well deserved summer break is just around the corner.  Help your student stay focused and engaged and soon you both can  look back with a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction!

 

Dyslexie Font: Developed For Those With Dyslexia

downloadDyslexia Font is a print and electronic font designed to be easily read by those with dyslexia. The theory behind Dyslexie Font is that when text characters are distinctive it’s unlikely that they will be confusing to read. According to Dyslexiefont.com, “traditional fonts are designed solely from an aesthetic point of view which means they often have characteristics that make characters difficult to recognize for people with dyslexia.”

Dyslexia Font was developed by Christian Boer while he was a student in Amsterdam. It has won many honors including the 2010 Smart Future Minds award in Amsterdam. Boer, who suffers from dyslexia, was looking for a type that would make reading easier. He discovered that spacing characters further apart, creating a heavier base line for characters and making the openings of letters like c,u, and s more pronounced had a dramatic effect. Other aspects of Dyslexia Font include a slight right slant, different heights for smaller letters, and varying the length of sticks and tails in letters such as b, p and q. Additionally, Boer’s research found that text colored blue is easier for dyslexics to read and that the ratio of white space verses printed text has a profound effect as well.

Dyslexie Font is available as an App or an extension for Google Chrome. It’s invaluable for browsing the web, reading / writing email or creating Google Docs. Dyslexie Font is just as easy to turn off – just click the icon and text reverts back to the original.  For more information or to download a free version of the software visit  Dyslexie Font Website

Back To School Homework Plan

homeworkTaking a proactive approach to student success is what Greenwood School is all about.  We want to help you, as parents, to give your student every opportunity to succeed in school.  As  we begin this new school year keep in mind that research shows that students who  have help at home do better academically.  One thing that you can do to ensure a successful transition back to school is to develop a consistent homework routine.  A quick review of Greenwood’s Homework Policy shows that you can expect to spend 10 minutes of homework per grade to include 15 minutes of reading.  For example, a 6th grader can expect to spend 45  minutes on homework assignments plus 15 minutes on reading.  

For a realistic and easy to implement homework plan we refer to  Dr. Kenny Handelman’s book  Attention Difference Disorder:  How to Turn Your ADHD Child or Teen’s Differences into Strengths in 7 Simple Steps.  Dr. Handelman suggests  designating a daily time to start and complete homework.  Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period while others may prefer to wait until after dinner. Find the time that works for you and your student and stick to it.  

At the designated time review assignments with your student to create a plan for the work to be completed and then get out a timer. Dr. Handelman recommends using a  timer as it  helps those with ADHD and time issues to visualize deadlines. Breaking the homework assignments down into manageable chunks is another useful strategy.  Once you have a plan to complete the homework be a monitor as well as a motivator. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns. Once homework is completed take an extra minute to ensure that your child’s backpack is properly packed and ready to go for the next day to avoid the early morning “get out the door” drama.   

Establishing and maintaining a consistent routine will help your student to develop good study habits and contributes to your child’s school and ultimately life success.  For other tips and strategies to help students with ADHD succeed see Dr. Handelman’s book, Attention Difference Disorder:  How to Turn Your ADHD Child or Teen’s Differences into Strengths in 7 Simple Steps.  It is available for parent checkout from the professional collection at the Greenwood School Library.

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