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February 1, 2019

posted Feb 4, 2019, 5:49 AM by Christine Roman
Dear Parents and Guardians,

I can’t believe how cold it has been this week! I am so looking forward to golf season! Our students have done a nice job of being flexible with some days of indoor recess and some days with an outside recess. It is nice when we can go outside each day for some fresh air. I know that there is a lot of winter gear (snow pants, hats, mittens and boots). Using a grocery tote bag is helpful to keep things organized and to carry all of those items. Wearing winter boots all day at school can be uncomfortable. We recommend if possible that students leave a pair of sneakers or shoes at school during the winter months.

Today, I had a student come to my office to practice his skills in starting and carrying on a conversation. He did a nice job. After he left, I reflected on all the different skills a person needs to have in order to freely converse with another person. He was practicing on making eye contact, using a proper voice (not a silly voice), listening to my answer, and working on making a comment after I shared my response. This incident got me thinking about myself, my nieces, nephews, and godchildren.

I am definitely an introvert. Although I have an easier time with children, it is a challenge for me to carry on a conversation with new or unfamiliar people. I believe some of this is part of one’s personality, and I know that with practice and guidance, talking with others can become easier. Last weekend, I watched as one of my nieces carried on a conversation with her grandparents and various swim teammates. At another time, I witnessed some of my other niece's struggle with carrying on a two-way discussion. As parents and teachers, I feel it is part of our responsibility to help children develop these communication skills. We need to provide our children with different opportunities to practice and feel comfortable having conversations with a variety of people. These skills will help them down the road with interviews, relationships, and friendships.

Have a great weekend!
-Ann
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