Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Preventing Brain Drain Over Break!

Students, Teachers, Parents... heck, almost everyone, is excited for Winter Break! There is a lot of cheer throughout the hallways as Thursday approaches. 

One thing that we've noticed over the years is that many students see a lull in their performance at school when they return from break. That's an obvious conclusion for many of our readers, but what you may not know is how to prevent the brain drain that occurs over break. Here are a few helpful ideas:

1. Every student at Beach Middle School is required to read - don't let your student tell you otherwise! If you are looking for some good titles, there are some great resources at your local library or with Sheryl Dewyer here at Beach!

2. Making connections with school work and every day life - many of your students are currently working on projects, content, or literature that can be related to every day life. For instance, 7th graders are all reading "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. Make the connection by showing your student different versions of that classic on television. My personal favorite is "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol". 

3. Take 5 minutes to get updated - the hectic school and work schedules may have you out of the loop with your student's academic life. Take 5 minutes on 4 different days to go over core classes (English, Math, Social Studies, and Science) with your student. Have your child show you their teacher's Haiku page and their PowerSchool grades. This is a great way to remind students of their previous work, and a great way for you to reconnect.

4. Get organized! - your kiddos do a good job of juggling the flaming torches of school work. This winter break is a great opportunity for your student to get organized and purge their notebooks, folders, etc. Coming back from break with a clear mind and organized binder will take a lot of anxiety away.

5. Read with/to your student! - Studies show again and again that reading with/to your child can yield some of the greatest gains in their comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary. It does not matter what age your student is, it helps! 

The staff here at Beach wish you the most pleasant of times over the next few weeks, and we hope that your student is well-rested and happy for their return in January.

Happy Holidays, Chelsea!