Art by Kayden, Class of 2028
Self-regulation is a powerful skill that has an important impact on children throughout their lives. Children with stronger self-regulation skills:
• Are more successful in school
• Persist with things longer
• Cope better with greater and greater challenges
• Keep track of how they are doing and change their approach when needed
• Make friends more readily
• Become more intrinsically motivated; that is, they enjoy doing things just for the challenge, interest or pleasure and not for rewards.
• Allows a child to develop empathy – the foundation for emotional intelligence and social skill - which, in turn, helps to develop character
Babies learn that sucking their fingers can help them soothe themselves – this is beginning self-regulation. Through the preschool years, children learn to tolerate longer delays in getting what they want, and they can exert control over their physical selves – control their hands, their voice modulation, etc.
They not only learn to control their bodies but also to manage their thinking. This includes being able to pay attention to certain things while ignoring others. It also involves keeping ideas in their minds while checking their own progress. Children learn to become more resilient and flexible in their thinking – they can deal more easily with others. This also marks improvements in dealing with frustration and disappointment.
Some of the most important things you can do at home include:
1. Clear and consistent routines
2. Respectful speech/lack of arguing (neutralize arguments)
3. Thinking time routine in the home
4. Clear (and healthy) food routines
5. Everyone does chores for the family – not for a tangible reward
6. Notice positive behaviors far more (6x’s more!) than negative behaviors (not “great” or “you’re the smartest”, but “How did you learn how to do that/solve that?”)
7. Teach your children to solve problems on their own. Celebrate mistakes (“What are you going to do to solve that?”)
8. Model self-regulation and resilience. Set clear, firm limits without anger.
Developing self-regulation takes time – about 20 years for most people – as well as the support of parents and other adults. While birth to age four is considered the optimal learning phase for these foundational skills, we continue to support the development of self-regulation skills, so the children can go on to refine and build on them over time.
Many of you signed up for your parent conferences at Curriculum Night. If you did not yet do so, please contact Mary Ann Vargo in the Lower School Office at 440.327.1175, Ext. 9142, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your time(s). Conferences are on Thursday, October 26, (11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.), and Friday, October 27 (8 a.m.-Noon). While there will be no classes on these days, Extended Day will be offered whether you need it for the full day or only during your conference time. Registration information for Extended Day will be sent to you in the coming weeks.
For news and photos of our Dot Days celebration, visit Miss Swoboda's website (http://lralibrary.weebly.com). Select September 15 from the News menu and Dot Day celebration from the Photo Album menu. The password is Royals.
As a Lake Ridge Academy parent, you will notice that teachers are constantly assessing a child’s learning through careful observation, classroom work, anecdotal records, informal screening and formal screening. In an effort to generate consistent and long term data, the teachers administer multiple screening tools to assess each child’s hearing, language and speech, reading readiness, and eyesight. In the fall, there are always a number of screenings taking place as we assess the children’s growth over the summer. As we look, it is our intention to identify students who may benefit from intervention or enrichment. The screenings are taking place in these early weeks of the school year. Children new to Lake Ridge Academy, or children recommended by their homeroom teachers, will complete speech and language screenings with Sara Arnold, M.S., CCC/SLP, and Margie Shea-Turner, Learning Specialist. All students will have their hearing and eyesight checked by Sharon Mier, LPN, or Robin Moodley, RN, and a variety of academic screenings will occur in your child’s homeroom with the homeroom teacher. If the screenings indicate that a closer look is needed, you will be contacted by letter, and teachers and specialists will meet to begin to develop a detailed picture of that child as a learner so we might generate a plan to best be of service to your child. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call.
Center for Creative Thinkers – Private Music Lessons & Tutoring
This is a reminder that, in addition to the autumn clubs, academic tutoring is available along with a greatly expanded list of choices for private music lessons. These include voice, piano, guitar, percussion, violin, viola, cello, bass, and flute. If you have a question, please call Katherine Hatcher at 440-327-1175 x9141. CLICK HERE for information and registration.
Fine Arts Department Advertising
The Fine Arts Department is selling advertising space in the upcoming 2017-2018 program. Please see the attached PDF. For further questions, contact Jennifer Shaw at ext. 9271.
Fall Family Sports Day - September 16
Join the Lake Ridge Academy community for a fun afternoon of Royals pride! Cheer on our Middle and Upper School athletic teams, participate in our first-ever fishing derby, PA bake-off, kids carnival games, and enjoy a complimentary hot dog lunch. CLICK HERE for more details!
Year of Service Kick-Off Day
This is a reminder to all LRA families that our Year of Service Kick-Off Day is on September 20 this year (rain date: September 27). On this day, everyone in our school has the opportunity to give back and serve the needs of our local community. Many students will work off campus at one of the Lorain County Metroparks, at South Central Park in North Ridgeville, and at Legion Field Community Garden in Oberlin. Some students will remain on campus to help with projects in our school community, and the Seniors will begin their special relationship with the Kindergarten classes.
Your child should dress for the weather and bring along both work gloves and a brown bag lunch with a drink. In order to reduce costs and be better to the earth, we are re-using the same t-shirts from last year. Please make sure your child wears this t-shirt to school (see attached)! If you ordered a new shirt this year, it will be made available to your child that morning.
Parents Association Parent Potluck
The PA Parent Potluck will be on Friday, September 22, from 7-9 p.m.in the Bettcher Convocation Center. DaVinci House will provide child care to LRA students. See attached flyer for details!
We need your help! Please help us prepare for Lake Ridge Academy’s largest fundraising event, A Royals Night Out Auction Gala. CLICK HERE to learn about all the ways you can participate.
All good things.
Katherine Y. Hatcher
Director of Lower School
Gr 1 News
Gr 3 News
Gr 5 News
Center for Creative Thinkers
Fine Arts Department Advertising
Jr. Engineering Club - Legos
Fall Family Sports Day & Bake-Off
Dante House Car Wash
PA Parent Potluck
Auction – Ways to Help
9/16 Fall Family Sports Day
9/20 All School Year of Service Kick-Off
9/22 K-11 PA Potluck