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Beat the Winter Blues

Inspire Your Child to Learn with These Helpful Tips

Countryside High students win Congressional App Challenge William West, Jacob Siegel, Jason Davenport, and Theo Jeffers are students in Countryside’s Game Design program. The students created an app called Procrastin8 that helps students to use their time wisely by not procrastinating. Students enter their course information into the app, and times that they are free to study, the app reminds them to do homework and study during those times. The app was created using Android Studio.

to be selected for recognition by their Member of Congress, win prizes, and have their work put on display in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. As result of winning the challenge, the Countryside High students were visited by Congressman Gus Bilirakis. Their app will also be displayed on the Congressional App Challenge website.

The Congressional App Challenge is a public effort to encourage students to learn how to code through annual districtwide competitions hosted by Members of Congress for their district. Students in participating districts code original applications for the chance

By Judy Adorno, Director, Sylvan Learning Center – St. Petersburg How did your child do in the first half of the school year? Were you pleased with his performance, or do you think there is room for improvement? No matter what letters appeared on your child’s report card, January is the perfect time to help him get excited about going back to school and learning. This can be accomplished by creating an atmosphere in your home that encourages learning. Here are a few tips on how you can be involved with your child’s learning process and help motivate them in the new year. Have family reading time at least once a week. One great tool that can help families develop a family reading time, is Book Adventure, a free Sylvancreated interactive, reading motivation program that can be found at www. Students choose their own books from more than 7,000 titles, take short comprehension quizzes and redeem their accumulated points for small prizes. Book Adventure also offers teacher and parent resources and tips to help children develop a lifelong love of reading. Set aside a specific time for homework and studying. Take advantage of this quiet time to sit with your child and work on your paperwork. This visually demonstrates the importance of “work time” to your child. If homework was a struggle during the first semester, set up a reward system for this semester. For example, deposit change in a small jar when homework is complete. As soon as the jar is full, treat the whole family to something everyone will enjoy.

From left to right: William West, Jacob Siegel, Jason Davenport, and Theo Jeffers.

Seminole High School band wins southern states competition Congratulations to Seminole High School’s Band! The Band won the US Bands Group V Open competition at the 2017 Southern States competition in Chattanooga, Tenn. The band was also grand champion, recognized as the best band in all divisions.

Refresh your child’s “study space.” Make sure that all materials, such as pencil sharpeners, erasers and extra paper are easily accessible and in adequate supply. Create study plans. Have your child do his most challenging assignment first, while he is most focused, then have him work on easier tasks. Finish each homework session with a fun activity. Encourage your child to choose a classmate with whom he can study and swap reading books. Get your child organized inside and outside of school. By being organized, your child will have plenty of time to complete all assignments, and she will also learn the value of time management. Talk to your child’s teachers. The second half of the year can be more challenging than the first. Find out if your child needs extra help in a specific subject in order to keep up with the class. For more educational resources for children in grades pre-K through 12, please visit or call 1-800-EDUCATE.

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Gulf Coast Family - December 2017  

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