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MLK Jr. Day, Long Vowels, Hydration and More!

Happy New Week everyone! Some of us might have “off” from work to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Either way, I know that I enjoy taking a few minutes to reread about MLK’s legacy, his tireless work for the Civil Rights Movement, and feel very fortunate that I am able to live the life I live as a result of the fruits of his (and many, many others) labor.

This week’s Tuesday tutor tip is another continuum of our Syllable Series. We have already covered open vs. closed syllables and the magic e syllable. This week is all about long vowel teams. Once students truly understand the first three syllable types, they can progress to the long vowel teams. They inevitably make reading and spelling more challenging, but there are plenty of tricks we share with our kids during Orton-Gillingham tutoring students. Head over to my Instagram and Facebook on Tuesday 1/19/21 for a deeper dive on what they are, why they are important to understand, and some fun ways to teach them! More than anything, our kids need explicit, direct, sequential, and appropriate instruction for learning these vowel teams so they can soar in other areas at school.

💦🥤💦🥤💦 Another important topic I want to cover is hydration. Did you know that up to three-fourths or Americans are under hydrated? The CDC recommends 120-125 oz of water a day for the average person which is ironic because I grew up thinking that 64 oz per day is enough. At the very least, we should be drinking half our body weight in ounces per day. Water is an essential nutrient for life and as such should not be something that is neglected. Dehydration can cause headaches, fatigue, and a whole host of other problems! So, use this as a reminder for you to drink your water...and encourage our kids to do the same!

January 24th is National Compliment Day! Compliments make other people feel good and can even make others want to be around you. In fact, giving compliments is a form of leadership. People love to be around positive people and will be more likely to follow your example and listen to your ideas. If you show appreciation for others through simple acts of kindness, the community at large will prosper. Giving compliments can also make you feel good! Seeing others smile and knowing that was from something you did is a great mood booster. Pay someone a compliment on National Compliment

Day and each day thereafter.

This week's Functional Friday is focused on the bedroom. The bedroom is not just where you start and end your day but where recharge. This means that it is one of the most important rooms in your life and how you treat it can influence how you live. Having a clean environment to rest and live in is so important for mental health. Here is a list of things to teach your children to do to keep their rooms in line:

🛏️ Make your bed every day. This is one of the most important to me. This sets the tone for an organized and productive day.

🧺 Place clothes in the hamper and not on the floor!

🧥 👚 👕 👖 🩲 🧦 Put clean clothes away immediately and don’t let them sit. They’ll wrinkle!

🧹 🗑️ Vacuum carpet and sweep the floor at least once a week! Don’t forget the baseboards!

🛌 We will spend a separate week on laundry, but don’t forget to wash your bedding frequently, especially pillowcases! Weekly washing of pillowcases keeps the face beautiful and acne-free.

I truly hope you all are enjoying my new Functional Fridays. Check out my Instagram for more! Have a wonderful week!

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