Success in School Starting at Home 
Continuing the conversation~Success!  

Restrict Screen Time.  This is difficult for some families, but if you let your kids soak up too much media entertainment, their grades will eventually slide.  The more time a child spends playing video games the less well the child does in school.  That being said, there are some valuable video games.  If a game gets into problem-solving and strategizing (a great example is SimCity) it can be helpful and beneficial for developing critical thinking skills.

Get Outside!  Being active, enjoying nature, and breathing in fresh air hasn't been formally studied for its impact on learning.  However, in informal settings, enjoying 'green time' has been shown to improve concentration.  A study in the Journal of Attention Disorders found a 20-minute walk through a park reduced symptoms of inattentiveness in grade-school children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  According to researchers, nature has been proven to provide a calming environment allowing for opportunities to reflect and rejuvenate.

Sign up for Piano Lessons.  Really?  Yes!  Music has been shown to provide cognitive and social tools that help students academically.  The relationship between music and learning has been widely studied recently and there is always a positive outcome when music learning is related to what is happening in school.  Music learning not only helps a child academically, but can also help in the area of social skills and behavior as well.  

There are so many ways school and home can work together for academic success.  Hopefully one of these ideas fits into things you are already doing in your household!

Always learning,

Ms. Odegard

*Note:  Some data taken from the 7.26.2009 edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press
Posted by On 26 October, 2016 at 9:55 AM  

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