Are your children constantly playing with your phone, their tablet, or their own phone? There are tons of learning apps that parent are encouraging their children to use. But have you ever thought about having your children use their camera for a powerful learning experience? Here are some ideas for your child over the weekend, and all they need is a smartphone or tablet.
1. Conduct a video interview of a member of your school’s teaching faculty or staff about why they teach...
2. Conduct a video interview with a promonent community member i and ask their advice on a topic....
3. Conduct a video interview with one of your school’s recent graduates and ask “If I knew then what I know now.”...
4. Shoot a video book review of a favorite recent book...
5. Post a video blog post on the topic: “A Day In The Life.”...
6. Post a video of your art teacher showing how to draw a face...
Do you have a Seventh grade student or Eighth Grade student? Early in the fall each year of Eighth grade, students and teachers will choose which classes they will take next year at LTHS during Freshman year. The reason courses are offered so early is so that the High School may plan for adequate staffing and space. Most of the time, this works well for families. Sometimes, families feel Freshman year is a big transition, and choose not to take challenging courses during Freshman year. While this may work for some families, most students are placed at a severe disadvantage by this choice. Students who take no challenging classes freshman year are much more likely to never enroll in a challenging class during High school again!
#Classes Count is a new national campaign supported by Achieve.org and aimed at making sure, even during that first transitional freshamn year, students take courses that as challenging as possible for them, with the right supports in place. Enrolling in and suceding in AP, Honors, or other advanced course during Frechman year puts your child on a better track for college and career readiness.
The link below takes you to Achieve.orgs website, and can help you learn more about #classesscount, the national social media compaign, and how you can help your child meet college and career readiness.
When was the last time you clicked on the virtual backpack and took a look at the summer camps we are offering? Click on the links below for our summer programs. Additionally, we are including information for the summer learning and growth opportunities at Lockport Township High School and at Joliet Junior college.
At the beginning of this school year, we posted about asking your child how their day at school was. I'd like to revisit that topic as the end of the year nears, because the days are long but the years are short, and it is never too late to ask your child how school is going.
"When your child comes home from school on that first day, they are going to be so excited to share everything with you. As the days go by and we all get very busy, children often also forget to share their learning with you.
Here are some simple tips to continue to show your child your interest.
1) Say "last week you were working on....(insert fun school topic here!). How is that going now?"
2) "How is ....(name a project) going? I can't wait to see it.
3) When is .....(name an academic event) and would you like to attend as a family?
The article below is full of interesting and funny questions to also ask your children. When you care about what they learn, learning becomes more meaningful!"
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.