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The Link (Glamorgan Home/School Team TERM 2)

Term 1 proved to be a very busy term for the Glamorgan Home/School Team. Two very worthwhile parent evenings were held in February. Thank you to the parents who attended. We hope you found them both of value.

Mathletics

Wayne Marr from 3P Learning shared his expertise in the Mathletics programme which runs in Years 3-6 on February 18. This was an excellent evening and those who attended gained real insight into how Mathletics works and how parents can help their child make the best use of this programme at home. This was a great opportunity for all and not to be missed if we are lucky to have Wayne come again.symbols 2

Some important points to remember when your child is working on Mathletics at home include the following:

  • Mathletics is a locked programme. You can be certain that your child is not exposed to adverts or any web sites that are unsuitable.
  • It is important that your child works independently on this programme without assistance. It is tempting to want children to score 100%, but real learning happens when we make mistakes and work our way through them to a successful conclusion.
  • Teachers have initially placed your child in a grouping to establish a starting point. Tasks are set by the teacher and these should be regularly updated.
  • Clicking on the question mark will give a demonstration of how to go about solving a problem.
  • If your child gets the question wrong clicking on the question mark will demonstrate the actual question they got wrong.
  • Tasks are often reset for maintenance. The title of the task may be the same, but the tasks are computer generated and random so they are not the same when repeated. LIVE Mathletics is the part of the programme that keeps children’s interest alive. They should be going LIVE often to develop speed of recall in basic facts.
  • LIVE Mathletics helps students to develop confidence and accuracy in a fun and challenging environment. There are 4 components to LIVE Mathletics.
    Finally not all tasks are IPad enabled. The programme makers are working hard to improve this. Students do work on Mathletics at school as well.

Raising Happy, Confident and Resilient Children

The following week in February we were extremely fortunate to have John Cowan from THE PARENTING PLACE come and share his parenting wisdom with us.Thumbs up

The night flew by and parent feedback from this was fantastic.
Some worthwhile thoughts to share from the evening were:

Happy, confident and resilient children are those who

  • reach their potential
  • get on with others
  • can think for themselves
  • are contributors

The single biggest factor is to ensure your children feel secure in your love. Possibly nothing is more toxic than thinking we aren’t loved by our parents. 

Children need to feel they are being listened to. We need to reflect their feelings and accept how they are feeling. We can’t always make things better. 

Indulged children are as miserable as deprived children. 

Chores are not a punishment for being young. They teach life skills and team work. They build self- esteem and connectedness. They help to reduce the “world revolves around me” beliefs.

Don’t pay children for doing chores. Pocket money is a privilege and should not be connected with chores. You can pay for extra work maybe.
If you do anything for your child that they can do themselves, you are robbing them! They can pack and carry their own bag, tidy their room and desk

Teach children tasks

  • You watch me- They understand what to do.
  • You help me – They develop confidence.
  • I’ll help you –They gain skills.
  • I’ll watch you – They also gain skills.

Have family meetings. Get “buy in” from your children. Use this time to plan, encourage and discuss consequences. The evening family meal is an ideal forum.

Make sure praise is given for when it is deserved. Praise and encouragement are not the same thing. Growth mind-set is developed when we praise real effort put in, not results.

Tailor parenting to your child’s temperament.
Each child has unique gifts, tastes and personality and they may be very different from your own. They may be leaders, entertainers, peacemakers, or facilitators. Value their gifts.

Show your love

  • Look affectionately and show warmth and fondness in your eyes.
  • Love is unconditional.
  • Separate bad behaviour from the child.
  • Don’t attach what they do to your love.
  • Be the big person in the relationship and forgive them.

Children reflect love but don’t initiate love.
You can’t look to children to satisfy your need for love.
Keep up the physical contact.
Physical contact is important even when they get older and prickly.
Make sure you have together time in this busy world.
Try play dates and try to keep to routines.

Discipline

  • Kids feel more secure and loved when there are boundaries around them.
  • It is more loving to give them the gift of self-control.
  • On behalf of the Glamorgan Home/School Team thank you to John for an unforgettable evening. Parenting today is an ever more difficult and demanding
  • task. Evenings such as this one, help to provide parents with both knowledge and support to develop their children into resilient global citizens.

Thank you to all those who attended.

Cultural connections

Cultural Connections

We have a wide variety of families who attend our school but do not have English as their first language. It is often difficult to realise what a challenge it can be for these families as they can feel isolated.Cultural connections 2.png

Glamorgan School has always had an inclusive policy and our families are very supportive of new parents. Often saying “Hello” either in English or attempting to say hello in their home language is really appreciated. It also makes you walk in their shoes so you can appreciate how difficult it can be to converse with someone when you are a new language learner.
Currently there are over eighteen different nationalities that do not have English as their first language.
We are hoping that this term we can co-ordinate an afternoon where families can get together for a coffee or tea and food, to share our different cultural connections.
On a previous occasion we know how much families enjoyed sharing some of their culture to others and doing this helped to make us value what they had to offer. We will let you know of the date later in the term.
We have included six greetings for some of the different nationalities represented at our school.

Hello in;

Japanese -Kon’nichiwa-
Korean – Ahn Neong Ha Se Yo and you add a small bow
Chinese –Nǐ hǎo
Tongan – Mâlô e lelei
Spanish – Hola
Portuguese- Ola
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We hope these may be helpful for you.