JOYrific Composition Journal Parent and Teacher Guide

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This PDF contains files to download and share with teachers and parents regarding the JOYrific Homework Policy and Philosophy using a Composition Journal. ''The JOYrific Homework Journal is a powerful tool for classroom communication. The journal is designed to effectively review past work, map progress and demonstrate student growth throughout the school year. There is a checklist at the beginning of each week, which includes JOYrific behavior, brain, books and body activities focusing on strengthening the whole child.

The "behavior" assignments to be done each week will coordinate with the vocabulary on the JOYrific chart. Guided practice activities will foster understanding and communication with your child. Practice these activities together and look for teaching opportunities in the moment throughout the week.

The “brain” work to be done each week includes fine motor & problem solving skills often utilizing pencil and crayons in the journal. Do not become frustrated if your child is having difficulties forming letters, numbers, and words. Fine motor development will come with time and practice. Compliment them and encourage them for trying! Left-brain development comes with linguistic and linear learning including letter and word formations. Please encourage using a #2 pencil with an eraser when writing letters and words in the journal. Right-brain development comes with colorful, emotional, nonverbal, autobiographical experiences including drawing pictures, expressing emotions, and creating stories. Please encourage using color crayons or color pencils and avoid markers that bleed through multiple pages.

The “book” work to be completed each week includes reading daily for 15 minutes. Please read to your child everyday; reading is very important. They will build fond memories snuggling up with you! More importantly daily reading out loud to your child will help in development of phonological awareness: A child's ability to hear and manipulate the sounds within words improves including syllables, rhyming, blending and segmenting. Daily reading with you will help them eventually become great readers themselves. To help children learn to love to read, choose developmentally appropriate books with a variety of picture books—true stories, funny stories, mysteries, and tales about everyday objects and activities. Also include easy-reader books that children learn to “read” with you as you turn each page. Example is one of the best teaching strategies.

The “body” assignment includes daily physical exercise and can be accomplished quite easily, as children naturally exercise as they play. Scoot them outdoors and encourage movement: hopscotch, playing catch, swinging, bike riding, game of tag, jumping on the trampoline, swimming, sports practices, etc. Movement is vital in developing a whole brain. Exercise can stimulate growth of new connections or chemical synapses in the brain. Healthy sleeping habits in children are needed to increase blood to the brain and enable reconstruction and strengthen the newly connected brain cells. Children with sleep deprivation exhibit behaviors similar to children with attention deficit and even hyperactivity.
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