by Darin Powell, BG R-1 Superintendent
It may not seem possible, but the end of the 2012-2013 school year is quickly approaching. The end of the year becomes a hectic time for our students and parents because of all of the various activities and functions that occur at the Bowling Green R-I School District
Important Dates and Events
Monday, May 13, – 6 p.m. – Baccalaureate
Baccalaureate services for the graduating class will be held in the high school auditorium. Baccalaureate is sponsored by the Senior Class in conjunction with the Bowling Green Ministerial Alliance.
Monday, May 13, – 6 p.m. – Board Special and Work Session
A special session and work session for the Bowling Green R-I Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m. in the central office.
Tuesday, May 14, – 7 p.m. – Alpha Bet Gamma
Bowling Green High School Honors and Awards Program and Alpha Beta Gamma ceremony will be held in the high school auditorium.
Thursday, May 16, – Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony
6 p.m. The doors will be open for seating in the BGHS Gymnasium. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.
7 p.m. Eighth Grade Promotion ceremony begins.
8 p.m. – Approximate time for ceremony to conclude.
Friday, May 17, – High School Graduation Ceremony Timeline
6 p.m. – The doors will be open for seating in the BGHS Gymnasium. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.
8 p.m. – Graduation ceremony begins.
9:30 p.m. – Approximate time for ceremony to conclude.
Monday, May 20, – 6 p.m. – Board Meeting
The Bowling Green R-I Board of Education meeting for May will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the central office.
I am often asked by parents with students in elementary schools what they can do to help their student retain what they have learned during the school year and prepare for the start of the next school year.
Here are some helpful tips for this.
Preventing Loss of Learning over the Summer for Elementary Aged Students
One method is to enroll a child in an educational summer program such as the YMCA programs or the Bowling green R-I summer school. Some other ways include educational day trips, learning games, as well as setting a studying schedule that won’t interfere with summer vacation. Reading and math are the two areas in which summer learning loss is the most common. Therefore, reading books daily, as well as consistently practicing math over the summer are both essential for a parent who wants to prevent learning loss over the summer.
What are some activities parents can do with elementary aged children over the summer to help with math?
Elementary-aged children often are more interested in playing than studying, especially over the summer. Parents can draw on this as a means of providing valuable lessons. If the parent is the one teaching, learning games and manipulative toys can be used to get the child interested. Store trips, planning family vacations, and earning allowance all are activities that could be used to teach a math lesson without the child even knowing it. Computer games, as well as outdoor activities can also help to supplement learning. There also are various websites that offer free worksheets, printable math games, and interactive computer lessons.
What are some activities parents can do with elementary aged children over the summer to help with English?
Much of English comes from practice of the language. Reading daily is important. Most parents know and understand that, but some do not think about the fact that there are various ways to do so. Reading aloud, as well as reading silently is important. Allow your child to read to you, but also allow time where the child reads quietly alone. A child should also hear the language. Therefore, parents can read to their children, as well as engage them in conversations throughout the day. When talking to children, try throwing in some new words to keep them immersed in learning new English. An alternative may be to display a word or words of the day on the fridge. Workbooks and learning games can also be a great help.
What are some activities parents can do with elementary aged children over the summer to help with spelling?
Daily reading and writing practice help sharpen spelling skills a great deal. Another great way to do this is to play word games. There are many word games available in stores. Parents also can make up their own word games. Perhaps the most popular word game of all is Scrabble. Scrabble is excellent for spelling skills, as the words must be spelled correctly in order to receive any points. Other word games on the market include Boggle, Boggle Jr., and Sight Word Bingo. There also are many spelling games for the computer, as well as free printable spelling games online.
How can parents make time each day for learning with their children?
Using everyday activities and play to incorporate lessons can make it even more fun and educational. It also saves time. For instance, if you already are going to the grocery store, you can enhance spelling and language skills by allowing the child to prepare the list. Math skills can be obtained through adding up the cost, as well as paying for the items. Also, think about times where you aren’t as busy. For instance, lunch time is a great opportunity to practice oral language skills simply by using conversation. It can easily be geared toward whatever the current lesson is. This can be done both during preparation and as everyone is eating. Just a few minutes of quality learning here and there throughout the day can make all the difference.
Have a re-energizing summer break and we look forward to seeing you on Aug. 15 as we start the 13-14 school year. Please give us a call at 324-5441 if you have any questions about any of our end of school activities or any issues about our district.