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Page Ten N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, May 20, 2010 Sixth grade students re- taining to the history, the Cently held their First An- land and environment and nual National Parks Fair. interesting facts about During each early-out this their park. They also year, the students usedlearned how to order bro- their computer skills to re- chures and maps from the search information per-Internet. For the National National Park Fair ParkFair, students created and friends were able to Emmerson Burson stated, a poster board with pic- wander throughout the "We got to learn a bunch tures and .facts. Some cre- displays while studentsabout specific national ated additional power shared their information, parks and show them off." points and displays. Dur- When asked what they jordan Nelson said, "We ing the evening, parents liked about the project, learned about one specific park and we also learned about other parks by see- ing other class presenta- tions." Collin Kilgore, Petrified Forest National Park. Josh Patterson, Lassen Volcanic National Park. Katie Meinecke, Lake Clark National Park. Emalyn Castaneda, Black Canyon of the Gunnison Na- Austin Shaffer, Redwood tional Park. mitted. National Park. Photos sub- By Dr. Laura Sivadge Preschool-lst Grade Principal and Rodney Martinez 2nd-3rd Grade Principal Get And Stay Organized With These Study Skills Start the year right by helping your child get orga- nized with basic time-management and organizational skills. By GreatSchools Staff Encourage your student to take the time before school starts-or during the first few weeks-to adopt good or- ganizational habits. Time to get organized Organization is the key to academic success: good students manage their time well and are on top of their assignments, notes, projects and test preparation. Give generous guidance Your student has been doing homework on her own since fourth grade, but occasionally she'll still be frus- trated or confused by her assignments. Help by asking questions that will-lead her to her own solutions. For example: *What information do you need to do this assign- ment? -Where are you going to look for it? -Where do you think you should begin? -What do you need to do next? -Can you describe how you're going to solve this prob- lem? -What did you try that didn't work? What did you try that did work? Being organized makes learning more efficient and reduces stress and anxiety. A student who knows he's put in the right amount of time and used it well is a student who is confident when it's time to turn in a pa- per, .take a test or give a presentation. The good news is your child can be taught these skills. "Morn, have you seen my book report?" If your child can't keep track of his papers and of what's due when, help him develop a system. Purchase a binder and put a folder in the front for completed work to be turned in and a folder in the back for papers re- turned by the teacher. Or work with him to develop a system of his own to keep track of important papers. Once the system has been formalized, monitor him for a few weeks to make sure he's following through on all the steps. "Yikes, it's due today!" Make sure your student has-and uses-a planner to keep track of assignments. Some schools provide these to students, and if not, you might want to work with your PTA or parent organization to provide planners at your school. Help your child get in the habit of writing down each daily assignment in each subject and check- ing it off when it's complete. Skills that improve school performance Time-management. Educators start teaching time- management skills in fifth grade, but your child will likely need reinforcement to make the process a habit. First, make sure your student refers to her day plan- ner/calendar on a regular basis. Teach her to divide up her work over the number of days allotted for the as- signment. This will create small manageable subtasks out of bigger, more daunting tasks. Large projects can create anxiety for students who are new to the process and you will be helping your child by walking her through it the first few times and by enforcing the sched- ule you have devised together. A research project will be less likely to be left until the last minute if it's done in chunks, each with its own deadline. Suzanne Owen, English teacher, literacy coach and mother of four in Antioch, California, suggests these tips: Subscribe to a newspaper and encourage your chil- dren to read it. Newspapers provide more detail and background than the Web or sound bites on TV. News- papers also help make connections between what ap- pear to be disparate bits of information. Talk to your kids about what they are learning; not about grades, but actual content. II Norwalk Soccer Club Fall 2010 U7-U19 Recreational Registration Registration is available ONUNE through the website www. Norwalksoccer.org Tatum Rachel Torode, Yosemite National Park. Garner, North Cascades National Park. FALL 2010 Registration fee is $90 for U10 and above and $75 for U8 and below. Registration deadline is June 18ehll A $15 fee is applied to late registrations. Games begin the weekend of August 28th and 29th. The Ioll season is normally played J:or eight weeks. The Norwalk Soccer Club's primary purpose is player development. Improving the player's ability to play soccer while having fun. We hope to provide as many player development opportunities as possible. o NSC also welcomes the opportunity to provide select teams for the fall of 2010 and spring of 2011. I I I I I II I I I II