This page contains resources for our students. At the bottom of the page, there is a list of websites that could be used to support project-based learning and to make skill-practice fun!
Book of the Month
We’re diving into our Book of the Month for April and May: What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada
From the back cover:
“What are problems for? They challenge us, shape us, push us, and help us discover just how strong and brave and capable we really are. Even though we don’t always want them, problems have a way of changing us in unexpected ways.”
We’re reinforcing how a Mindset for Learning can help us grow. With this story, we’re teaching students about optimism and facing challenges. We’re discussing how optimism means feeling hopeful that risks are worth taking and that problems will work their way out. We’re practicing self-talk to help us face challenges head on:
- I’ve done this before; I can do it again!
- I can break my problem down into manageable steps. I know the steps to start; let me say them again.
- I can try; let’s see what happens!
- Any problems I face I can work them out one way or another
- Even if I fail, I can learn and grow
- What options do I have?
- What if? I wonder if I could …
- I can do this
- I’ve dealt with challenging problems like this before
With each Book of the Month, we’re building a school culture where we embrace challenges. Our children come to school with boundless curiosity and a zest for learning. As they grow, their ideas will change the world! With a mindset for learning, students see themselves as powerful, resilient thinkers who can achieve success. Go, amazing kids!
Allison Liner, Principal
Check out this video that we’re using to teach kids that “challenges grow our brains”.
Winning Through Losing
Dr. Charles Fay
Helicopters, Drill Sergeants and Consultants
Do you like to lose? Most of us don’t. In fact, some of us dislike it so much that we’ll do whatever it takes to make sure that our kids are always winners. When they win this way, they always lose.
I sat on the living room floor, playing a simple board game with our four-year-old, Cody. As we took turns picking cards, the odds seemed consistently in his favor…he was nearing the always coveted goal of being the first to enter Candy Land.
Luck is a fickle friend.
Based on some quick calculations, it was clear to me that doom was on the horizon. His next card was sure to send him back a long way…far from carbohydrate heaven. Tension filled my body. Surely there was something I could do to prevent him from experiencing such despair. Maybe I could distract him and rearrange the cards so that he’d win.
Fighting this desire…I allowed him to be the loser. The tears and crying were heartbreaking. That is, until I remembered that learning about losing is part of life.
Loving parents allow their children to develop winning skills by allowing them to experience disappointments, make small mistakes, and experience the natural and logical consequences. Shielding them from all of life’s hardships sends the message that they aren’t strong enough to cope with their losses. Loving them through their sadness allows them to win every time they lose.
Hello, White Oaks Students! We’re using technology to support project-based learning and to make skill-practice fun!
Here are a few of the sites that we use most frequently.
Everyday Math Online
Lexia Reading Core 5
RAZ Kids Reading
Students in grades 3 and 4 log-in using Google accounts. Please ask your child’s teacher if you need another copy. Keyboarding is part of our learning standards beginning in Grade 3, and weekly practice will help your skills grow!
“Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.”
Time for Kids