Give your child the words to express anger At one time or another, many parents will hear "I hate you" from their child. When kids lash out with angry words, it's important not to overreact. Wait until you are both calm, and then explain to your child that "hate" is a hurtful word and it isn't acceptable. Give him some alternative things to say when he's upset, such as "I'm angry," or "I'm disappointed." http://niswc.com/15kFC320271
Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote in the RISD Bond Election. According to preliminary results from Waller County, 39.4% of voters approved the bond while % 60.6 did not approve the bond. Regardless of these results, the district is still committed to providing the best for our students and staff. We are actively working on alternative solutions that will address the needs of our schools.
Polls close in 3 hours! Go vote if you haven’t already! Find more voting information at www.royalisdbond.com/voting.
Test stress eases when students prepare Children with test anxiety are so afraid of failing that they can't do their best. It doesn't help to tell them to relax. What does help is preparation. Give your child a quiet study space, and help her spread her studying out over several days. Then make sure that she gets enough sleep the night before the test. On test day, send her out the door with an "I know you will do well. You're prepared." http://niswc.com/15kEC320271
It’s a great day to exercise your right to vote! Polls are open from 7am-7pm. Not sure where you can vote? Check out www.royalisdbond.com/voting for that information.
Come out and enjoy the Nutcracker @RHS!
Jump start your child's creative writing skills Here's a great way to encourage your child to write and have fun together at the same time. Set a timer for six minutes. Then, until it rings, each of you write whatever comes into your head. Keep writing, even if it doesn't make sense. When the timer goes off, share what you each wrote. This technique is also great when your child has a writing assignment and says, "I can't think of anything to write." http://niswc.com/15kDC320271
Election Day is this TOMORROW. Polls are open from 7am-7pm. Find your Precinct’s polling location at www.royalisdbond.com/voting.
More choices can mean fewer power struggles Power struggles with elementary schoolers are losing battles. To avoid them, give your child options rather than orders. "Would you like to do your homework now or after dinner?" Just be sure you can live with all the options you offer. If some things are out of the question, say so. "You may choose when to do your homework, but the rule is still that there is no TV until homework is done." http://niswc.com/15kCC320271
Election Day is this Tuesday, November 5. You must vote at your Precinct’s location - you can find that location at www.royalisdbond.com/voting. Polls are open from 7am - 7pm TUESDAY.
Daylight savings times ends this Sunday!
Test your child's nerves with this science experiment To help your child learn how nerves work, fill three large bowls with water: one with icy, one hot (not scalding), and one tepid. Have your child put one hand in the hot bowl and one in the cold for one minute. Next, put his hot hand in the tepid bowl. Ask, "Is it hot or cold?" Do the same with his cold hand. His hot hand will feel cold, and his cold hand will feel hot, even though both are in the same tepid water. That's because nerves sense temperature changes relative to what they are used to. http://niswc.com/15kBC320271
Today is the last day of Early Voting. Polls close at 7pm! Tomorrow is your final chance to hear directly from RISD on the details of this bond before voting on Tuesday, November 5. Come to the RJH auditorium tomorrow morning at 10:00am and check out www.royalisdbond.com if you want to know more.
View report cards as the start of a better future Whether your child's report card is full of good or bad news, the way you handle it can affect her success in school. Review the report card together. Help your child see the link between her efforts and their outcome. Is the time she's spending studying paying off? Based on the report, help your child set some new learning goals. If her grades aren't what they should be, work with the teacher to create an action plan. http://niswc.com/15kAC320271
Math makes sense when you spell it out Writing numbers out in word form is a good way for your child to understand the mathematical concept of place value. Give your child a list of four or five numbers, such as 562, 73, 184, 16 and 43. Have him write them in words: five hundred sixty-two, seventy-three, and so on. Then try it in reverse. Give your child the words and ask him to write the numbers. http://niswc.com/15jeC320271
Talk with your child about school safety Families have an important role to play in making school a safer place. Start by talking to your child about life in and out of school. Kids often know about situations that could turn violent before adults do. Encourage your child to tell you, or a trusted adult at the school, about any potential trouble or danger. Review the school rules with your child, and make it clear that you support them. http://niswc.com/15jdC320271
Family meals are a recipe for school success Sharing meals as a family gives parents and children a chance to communicate and support one another. That contributes to children's success in school. Family meals don't have to be fancy. The easier the food is to cook, the more time you'll have together. Let your child help. Include everyone in the conversation around the table. And if you can't eat dinner together, try breakfast, or dessert at the end of the day. http://niswc.com/15jcC320271
Early Voting continues to run today through Friday, November 1. You can vote at Brookshire Convention Center or any polling location. Visit www.royalisdbond.com/voting to find more locations and times.
To motivate your child, praise effort, not intelligence Did you know that praising your child for being smart may not be a great idea? In one experiment, researchers found that children who had been told they were smart avoided doing tasks that were learning challenges. Other kids, who had been told they were hard workers, stayed motivated to learn. Praise your child for effort, rather than intelligence. Send the message that hard work pays off. http://niswc.com/15jbC320271
How to find books that will turn your child on to reading The "right" books for your child aren't necessarily expensive. What matters is that they appeal to her. Look for books that match your child's current interests. Choose books that are well-written, with strong plots and well-developed characters. Most of the words should be familiar to your child, but it's OK if a book is a little above her reading level. You can read it to her now, and she can read it herself later on. http://niswc.com/15jaC320271