Hi! I'm Mrs. Skoblicki, the School Counselor at the Intermediate Center and I'm thrilled to be a part of The Villages Charter School this year. I've spent the last six years working at a middle school in another county and so far my experience at the elementary level has been wonderful! I even have a Little Buffalo of my own...her name is Ella Rose, she's two years old and LOVING it here!
Here at The Villages Charter Elementary School we have a conflict management program called Kelso's Choice, which teaches that every child is capable of being a peacemaker. Students are taught how to determine whether a problem is big or small and practice strategies in which to solve the small problems on their own.
Click HERE for more information on Kelso's Choice. These are strategies that can also be used at home as well!
One common concern that I've been hearing from parents has been related to homework struggles. It seems as though some nights things just aren't clicking and the evening can result in frustration and sometimes tears. Here are some tips to help ease the tension and allow for a smooth homework session...
1. Know the teacher - and what they're looking for. Be involved in your child's learning.
2. Set up a homework-friendly area - well-lit and stocked with all the needed supplies.
3. Schedule a regular study time, you know when your child concentrates best.
4. Help your child make a plan - on heavy homework nights break it up into manageable chunks, including breaks.
5. Keep distractions to a minimum.
6. Make sure your child does their own work. Be there to support, make suggestions and to clarify when needed.
7. Be a motivator and a monitor by asking about assignments and tests, as well as offering encouragement.
8. Set a good example. Kids will be more likely to follow your examples than your advice.
9. Praise their work and efforts. Make a big deal of your child's achievements....that's what the refrigerator is for isn't it?
10. If there are continuing problems with homework, get help. That's what we are all here for!
(tips adapted from kidshealth.org)
Again, I'm excited to be here and able to work with your little ones at the Intermediate Center. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Mrs. Stephanie Skoblicki
Certified School Counselor
The Villages Charter Elementary School