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Milestones and Multisyllabic Words

🗽For #MotivationalMonday, I want to discuss something that has been influential in my life. My grandparents immigrated to New Jersey from Germany on this day 71 years ago - March 22, 1950 - after they survived multiple WWII concentration camps. They spent their lives building the American Dream for their kids (one being my dad!) so that my family could prosper and take advantage of every opportunity that the United States offered. This move and their subsequent struggle to prosper here is something that I am thankful for endlessly, and have sworn to myself to pay back in my own hard work to ensure that their work was not in vain. So, for motivation on this Monday, think of the people in your life who work to make it better, whether it is a parent, a grandparent, a teacher, or even a friend. Think about how, if they are willing to invest time and energy into their own lives to build a legacy, we could also be investing in ourselves even more through hard work and dedication to our goals.

👩‍❤️‍👨 Another family milestone this week is my parents’ anniversary! They were married on the same day that my grandparents immigrated, 34 years later! I want to take pause here to say Happy Anniversary to them, and thank them for their support❤️ Be sure you take time to discuss the importance of healthy and loving relationships with your kids and give them tools to form and maintain their own.

✏️✂️ Now, to switch gears to tutor mode, let’s talk about the word “anniversary”. “Anniversary” is a multisyllabic word, which can be super hard to read for some children. Stay tuned on my Instagram this week to get tips on learning to dissect multisyllabic words, which goes back to a very important skill - knowing the 7 syllable types: open, closed, silent e, bossy r, vowel teams, cLe, and schwa.

🧇 This Thursday, March 25th, is one of the best days of the year. That’s right, it’s National Waffle Day! But guess what, it’s also National Pecan Day and I feel a mash-up coming! Why not teach your kids to make waffles today as well as make it a quality time family moment. I absolutely love using the Dash mini waffle maker! Then, barring any nut allergies, add some pecans to top them off, YUM! Spending time with your family is so important, and the kitchen is the perfect place to do just that.

👩‍🏫 🎒 👨‍🏫 🏫 This week’s #FunctionalFriday is on social standards in person while in the classroom! As more schools are returning to in person learning, it's important to refresh these manners and social skills. I have included a list of things to go over below that ensure a conducive and happy learning environment.

  • Take responsibility for your education by investing yourself into your learning. Put in the effort!

  • Attend every class! If you’re not there, you won’t learn!

  • Get to class on time. Not only will you miss material if you’re late, you’ll also disrupt other students if you come in late!

  • Do not have private conversations while the teacher or another classmate is addressing the class or while others are working. This can distract from work!

  • Turn cell phones off. Ringing and other notifications can be distracting.

  • Asking questions is great, but be cognizant of asking too many questions as it is kind to give others the opportunity to participate as well.

  • Respect your teacher! Don’t interrupt them or distract your classmates.

✡️ 🍗 🍷 🥬Next Saturday night (3/27) is the beginning of Passover! Passover is a major Jewish holiday that is celebrated in spring. It’s significance is that it commemorated the “passing over” of the forces of evil that held the Jewish people as slaves. It is often filled with many traditional ceremonies, especially on the first night, when a family meal called the seder is held. At the seder, holiday foods of significance that commemorate the Jews’ liberation are eaten, prayers are said, and historical stories are shared. There is always a way to connect the Jews’ exodus from slavery to our modern day lives. Talk to your students about Passover this week and reiterate the importance of learning and respecting all religions and cultures, especially since Easter is around the corner, too.

Have a great week!

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