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General Homework Guidelines  
     Homework is an important part of your child's education.  Please try to set aside a specific time and place each night for homework to be completed.  It should be in a quiet spot away from the television and any other distractions.  I generally assign math and/or language arts skill review papers as needed on a nightly basis.  Also, your child should be reading for at least 20 minutes every night.  They can practice their writing skills by composing original stories and poetry.  Basic math facts can be studied.  Although time is allotted for project work in the classroom, students can do additional work on their projects at home.  Beginning readers and slow workers benefit greatly from additional help at home.  For these students, parents can act as readers and secretaries as their children gather information and facts.  It helps young children to have set routines and homework is no exception.  It is never too early to lay the foundation for good work/study habits.

Integrated Day Philosophy  

The Thirteen Assumptions


The 13 Assumptions
Assumptions that Underlie the North Haven Integrated Day Program

1. Erik Erikson calls the stage from about 5-12 the age of industry. Children learn best when they are active, moving, communicating, sharing, tinkering, putting things together, taking things apart, manipulating concrete materials; in short, using all senses in activities that are real. To squelch this is to run the risk of what Erikson calls "inferiority."

2. As active learners, the children are the principal agents in their own development. They are innately curious about the world and initiate activity to explore and learn about it.

3. Learning is something children do; it is not something done to them.

4. Children are unique in the way they learn.

5. The best learning starts from the child's experiences and interest.

6. Over a period of time, every child should learn important skills and principals such as the 3 R's. These are the tools of our culture. Most children come to school wanting to learn these.

7. To a child, reality is a whole, a unity, not divided into separate subject areas and isolated skills.

8. Play is a child's work. When children initiate activity in which they get involved--and all children do--they are playing and working.

9. A school classroom should be a rich learning environment deliberately designed with much to explore. It should extend into the community and relate to the home. The teacher's role is to assess and guide the learning toward long-range objectives.

10. Aesthetics are the heart of a child's world. As Silberman says, "poetry, music, painting, dance and the other arts are not frills to be indulged in if time is left over from the real business of education; they ARE the real business of education."

11. Assessment of a child's efforts and growth should be made on the basis of individual learning. How one child compares to another is irrelevant to the teacher's work. What is important is that children shall have opportunities to employ their own powers in activities that have meaning.

12. Children need to learn to live together. They need the chance to experiment socially as well as intellectually. They need adults who are dedicated to helping them work through the solutions of their human problems as well as their academic ones.

13. Childhood is a stage of life in itself, to be enjoyed and savored; it is not simply something to be passed through on the way to adulthood.

Parent's Page  

Dear Parents,

Below you will find information to help your child in school. 



 When Your Child Comes To An Unknown Word

Often adults tell a child to "sound out" an unknown word. Frequently that prompt is successful and the word is decoded. When sounding out doesn't't work, adults usually tell the word and reading continues.

*  Wait 5-10 seconds to see what attempts are made. Ask: "What would make sense there?"

*  Use the picture to help figure out the word.

*  Skip the word and continue reading to the end of line or sentence.

*  Go back and read the sentence again.

*  If the word was on a previous page, go back and try to find it.

*  Look for a smaller word in a big one (and in sand).

*  Cover the ending (-ed, -ing) with your finger and try the word.

*  Look how the word begins. Let the sound "pop" right out.

*  Help with blending (sounding it out).

*  Tell the word and keep on reading.

*  It is important that children learn to use these strategies independently. When your child figures out a word, you might ask how he/she did it. Telling about their reading helps to reinforce learning.

*  Just Right or Good Fit Books

In the classic tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Goldilocks tried all of the bears' porridge, chairs, and beds.  Eventually, she found the ones that were "just right" for her. The books your child reads can be thought of in the same way.  A book that is "just right" is one that your child can read independently.  It is not too hard and it is not too easy. It's a good fit - it's "just right". 

One way to help your child choose such a book is to use The Five Finger Rule.  While reading the first page of a book, count the unknown words (using fingers to keep track is fine). If there are five or more, the book is too hard for now. Read that book together!   

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101 Ways to Praise your Child

Wow * Way To Go * You're Special * Outstanding * Excellent * Great * Good * Neat * Well Done * Remarkable *I Knew You Could Do It * I'm Proud Of You * Fantastic * Super Star *Nice Work * Looking Good * You're On Top Of It * Beautiful * Now You're Flying * You're Catching On * Now You've Got It * You're Incredible * Bravo * You're Fantastic *Hurray For You * You're On Target * You're On Your Way * How Nice * How Smart * Good Job * That's Incredible * Hot Dog * Dynamite * You're Beautiful * You're Unique * Nothing Can Stop You Now * Good For You * I Like You * You're A Winner * Remarkable Job * Beautiful Work * You're Spectacular * You're A Darling * You're Precious * Great Discovery * You've Discovered The Secret * You've Figured It Out * Fantastic Job * Hip, Hip, Hurray * Bingo * Magnificent * Marvelous * Terrific * You're Important * Phenomenal * You're Sensational * Super Work * Creative Job * Super Job * Fantastic Job * Exceptional Performance * You're A Real Trooper *You Are Responsible * You Are Exciting * You Learned It Right * What An Imagination * What A Good Listener * You Are Fun * You're Growing Up * You Tried Hard * You Care * Beautiful Sharing * Outstanding Performance * You're A Good Friend *I Trust You * You're Important * You Mean A Lot To Me * You Make Me Happy * You Belong * You've Got A Friend * You Make Me Laugh *You Brighten My Day * I Respect You * You Mean The World To Me * That's Correct * You're A Joy * You're A Treasure *You're Wonderful * You're Perfect * Awesome *A+ Job *You're The Best * You Deserve A Big Hug * You Deserve A Big Kiss * Smile * A Pat on the Back * You're Smart * You're Super *I Love You * Thanks for Trying *

And remember, a smile to a child can be worth a thousand words!

     There will be plenty of people to tell your child s/he is a failure. If you build your child's self-esteem by using frequent praise, your child will aspire to greatness! When a child is praised, and feels appreciated for who s/he is, s/he will experience a greater sense of well being. A stressed child will become more relaxed and playful, a serious child more joyful, and a sullen child, brighter. Children become what we tell them they are. How can you help your child today?

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