EC Parent Forum, May 1st, 2018
Hosted by Jane Ostrander, Early Childhood Principal &
Margo Tripsa, Curriculum and Assessment Director
The parents of the children in the Early Childhood Division were invited to attend a parent forum on May 1st. The topic discussed were:
- screen time
- importance of daily reading
- resources for preventing summer slide
- sleep needs
- benefits of being bilingual
- outside play
You can find below some of the handouts created for Preventing Summer Slide.
Summer Slide happens when students lose some of their knowledge and skills they acquired during the school year if they don’t engage with academic content over the summer. How much of the content and skills do children lose if they don’t read or don’t do any math over the summer? Research shows that over a 2-month summer vacation students can lose 2 to 3 months of academic knowledge and skills every summer. That adds up! Therefore, by the end of grade 4, students can be 1 entire year behind only because of the impact of summer slide. Research indicates that summer slide may be a contributing factor to the achievement gap.
Research also indicates that reading just 6 books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. We advise parents to choose just right books — not too hard and not too easy. Take advantage of your local library. Qatar National Library has amazing resources; not just paper resources, but also digital resources. We highly encourage parents to visit the library, get a library card, check out books, and also use the digital resources offered for free by the library (using one of the apps listed under #4, such as Libby). Students can listed audio books in the car or even before bed time and, by increased exposure to spoken English through audio books, their vocabulary and comprehension will increase significantly. When you visit the library ask for help selecting books that match your child’s age, interests, and abilities.
Parents are encouraged to take advantage of the resources listed below. Resources number 1, 2, 3, and 4 are all free. Resources #5, 6, and 7 and offered by Vision International School and students have access to them using the usernames and passwords provided by the school. Feel free to ask our teachers for more information.
Use your iPhone or iPad to scan the QR codes below (just point the camera to the QR codes) and it will take you to these playlists. Subscribe to the ones you like. Alternatively, you could type in the short URLs listed below to access each playlist. If you have an Android phone, downloading any QR Code reader (such as i-nigma) would help you access the playlists below, to you could type in the URLs listed for each playlist.