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Thursday, November 25, 2010 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine OVIATT Concluded from p.8 ority over other activities. Use Homework to Teach Organization Skills • Encourage your child to use an assignment book, write all assignments into the book daily and check them off when completed. Your child should also break down long-term assignments and projects into smaller parts, writing each part into the assignment book. Many children also find it helpful to put other commitments into the assignment book as well, including music lessons, sports and jobs. • Encourage your children to estimate how long it will take to complete each assignment and help them plan their schedule accordingly. • Help your children set performance goals for their assignments and estimate how much effort it will take to do that well. This will help them learn to divide study time effectively. • Help your children learn to plan ahead. They should start working on major assignments or reviewing for major tests well ahead. • Help your children increase their concentration time. At first they may be able to concentrate for only 10 minutes. Parents can help their children build up this length of time gradually, so that homework takes less time. Even high school students should take a 10 to 15-minute break after studying for 45 to 50 minutes. Otherwise, they lose the ability to concentrate. • Encourage your child to circle the verbs in directions. • Encourage your child to review class notes and add details, make corrections and highlight the most important information. • Help your children to improve reading skills by having them pre-read non- fiction reading assignments (reviewing the headings, picture captions, reviewing tables, charts and graphs). Children can pre-read fiction by reading the front cover, back cover and introduction, and skimming the first quarter to determine setting, character and plot. • Encourage your child to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words by using the context or by looking them up in a dictionary and writing them down. • Help your child learn effective reading techniques such as SQ3R, where the reader: • Surveys: Looks over the material before beginning to read to obtain a gen- eral orientation. • Questions: Writes down questions about the material before beginning to read. • Reads through the material in the normal way. • Recites and Writes: Writes down or gives the answers to another person. • Reviews: Goes over the material several times before being tested. • Encourage your child to outline or "map" reading material for better under- standing. To "map," a child places the main topic in the middle of a blank sheet of paper. He then draws a branch for each subheading and places supporting details on smaller branches going out from the subheadings. This creates a visual aid that in- creases organization and comprehension. • Make sure your children understand their textbooks. Children should be able to read nine out of 10 words accurately and answer at least three out of four questions correctl)a .... , Help your 4t)9i outcomes, distinguish fact fro m opinion, discern emo- tional appeals, recognize bias and discern inference as they read. • Encourage your children to organize their thoughts before beginning a written assignment and write at least two drafts. • Have your child proofread and check for success or failure in answering the purpose of the assignment, legibility, neatness, spelling, complete sentences and punc- tuation errors. I SC.OOLAND SPORTS PAO00S k SPONSORED BY: *COMMUNITY BANK 285-4900 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *DR. 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If a child needs a tutor in a particular subject, call the local high school and ask for a student tutor through the Honor Society. Provide and Enforce Logical and Meaningful Consequences • Have your children assess their own homework completion each week by re- viewing returned papers, tests and quizzes and current grades. With your children, note their progress, improvements, areas of need and jointly plan how to solve any problems. • Display well-done work in a prominent place, such as on the refrigerator door. • With their help, graph your child's grades. Include the grades for each class, the average grade for all classes and an agreed upon target line. The target line should be the grades that you and your children agree are reasonable and obtainable (if your child is now receiving D's, a reasonable goal is grades of C. Setting the first goal at A's will lead to frustration). Discuss the graph with your children, help them identify any patterns of poor performance and work with them to develop solutions. • Teach your children to bring all necessary maferials home. If your children get in the habit of "forgetting" homework materials, have them spend time on reading or working on other academic activities during the agreed-upon study time. Your children could also walk back to school to pick up forgotten materials, or be charged "gas money" cut of their allowance for car trips back to school. Or, with the help of a school psychologist or counselor, set up a system that rewards them for bringing everything home. • Sometimes children "lose" completed homework in their books or backpack. Placing all completed homework in one folder in the backpack can solve this prob- lem. Packing the backpack for the next day should be part of the evening routine, not a task left for morning. • If homework becomes a chronic problem for your child, reduce his freedom until grades improve and his teacher indicates that the problem is solved. Methods of reducing freedom might be (a) giving your child less control about where and when homework is completed, (b) checking homework every evening, (c) parents and teachers maintaining ongoing communication in the assignment book, or (d) the child not being able to participate in a planned activity such as a field trip. • Reward your child for good grades and for improving grades. Consider your child's preferences in determining the reward, but the rewards need not be expen- sive. Going out together for an ice cream cone, or telephoning a grandparent to tell them of the child's success, are examples of inexpensive but effective rewards. • Provide support and genuine praise for homework completion and good study habits. BUILD WITH BAGS Concluded from p.1 lies and community members that kept bringing the plastic bags to school so we could recycle them. The community also used their reusable shopping bags during this challenge. Continue to be good role models for our children and recycle those plastic bags and bring your own bags when shopping. In addition, Oviatt wants to thank everyone at Scott's Foods, especially Scott Ha- vens and Nancy Hildreth, as well as Fareway Food employees, especially Bryan Greiner because both stores took our bags to weigh and communicated with Metro Waste Authority. They also promoted the use of reusable shopping bags to earn credit for our school during this challenge. We could not have won without such great community support. Norwalk Community always steps up whenever the school dis- trict needs help. The Build with Bags School Recycling Challenge started October 4, 2010. Twenty- nine schools competed to see whose students could recycle the most plastic bags and/or use the most reusable shopping bags over the five week period. The program was developed to educate students about the importance of recycling or reusing shopping bags while localizing America Recycles Day. "Iowa Grocery Industry Association was proud to team with Metro Waste Au- thority to offer this great program to elementary schools to help teach children about the importance of recycling," said Jerry Fleagle, Iowa Grocery Industry Association President. "IGIA launched the Build with Bags program in our stores statewide in August and this local School Challenge was a great way to bring attention to the importance of recycling the plastic shopping bags." Tom Hadden, Executive Director of Metro Waste Authority continued, "The pro- gram received a great response from participating schools. Our goal was to raise awareness about the issue of plastic shopping bags becoming litter, and teach skills to begin to divert that waste. Participating schools recycled approximately 6,800 pounds of plastic shopping bags, which is equivalent to 408,000 plastic bags, in just five weeks. Those numbers are incredible and we couldn't be more pleased." Participating schools that recycled at least 100 pounds of plastic shopping bags and received credit for using 75 reusable bags will get a $100 store gift card. The plastic bag recycling challenge is in its fourth year and this is the second year that Metro Waste Authority and IGIA have partnered. This program was successful in educating students about the importance of recycling and environmental stew- ardship. Area elementary schools collected used plastic shopping bags and deliv- ered them to their local grocery store for recycling. The participating elementary schools got credit for the weight of the plastic bags they recycled at the stores. About Build with Bags The Build with Bags program is a cooperative effort of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association, Keep Iowa Beautiful, Metro Waste Authority, Iowa Department of Natu- ral Resources and The Des Moines Register. Over the course of several months, rep- resentatives of each of these organizations witnessed focus groups convened to dis- cuss plastic bag issues and then met to develop a program aimed at demonstrating how Iowa grocers could help to reduce the environmental impact of plastic bags. In addition to reducing the environmental footprint of plastic bags, the goal of the group was also to provide an effective alternative to plastic bag bans and the unintended consequences that often result from bans and other related regulatory efforts.