Archive for July, 2012

During the summer months, parents tend to run out of ideas for lunch and snacks that are both healthy and interesting enough for the kids to eat. We tracked down some fun and unique ideas to add some variety to your summertime meals.  Let us know what you think!

  • Sandwich Pockets: a fun way to spice up your everyday sandwiches for parties or lunches



  • Blender Drinks: there’s nothing better than a cool, healthy drink during the hot summer days

With school starting up again, it can be hard to get your kids back in the swing of daily homework and assignments. Here are some great back-to-school tips on getting school work done.

  • Establish a routine– set aside daily homework/study time, while still leaving time for other activities. It is usually a better idea to schedule homework in the early afternoon, so your child is free before bedtime. Take a few weeks before homework gets heavy to try different approaches and see what works best, then stick to it.
  • Limit distractions– make sure your child does homework in an area that is well-lit and free of noise. You may try working at the library, since it is quieter and has fewer diversions than at home.
  • Communicate– maintain relationships with your child’s teachers, especially if his or her homework seems too easy or too hard. Make sure your child knows to ask for help if necessary.
  • Double check– to get involved in the homework process and to avoid unnecessary mistakes, it’s a good idea to review your child’s homework after he or she is done. It’s also important to be an adviser, not the assistant. Let your child learn to complete his or her work independently. If extra help is needed, don’t try to reteach the information.
  • Be a cheerleader– Find what motivates your child and use it to reward him or her for staying on task.





What is a Personal Learning Plan?

A Personal Learning Plan is an individualized document that establishes a set of learning goals and objectives for each student. PLPs help students value and engage in the learning process.

  • How do you use a Personal Learning Plan?
    • You use a PLP to identify your student’s strengths, challenges, interests and learning styles and then matches that profile to different resources and tools that can maximize the student’s learning potential. A PLP does not excuse a student from taking certain classes, but it identifies the support necessary to strengthen areas of weakness.
    • Does Henderson International School provide Personal Learning Plans?
    • Yes! Our teachers are trained to identify each student’s academic challenges and set goals that turn these challenges into strengths. The student, teacher and parents create strategies to reach academic goals.

Here are some of the ways Henderson International School’s PLP accelerates a child’s academic success.

    • Enrich the academic experience of every student
    • Guide curriculum delivery and instructional methods
    • Target and develop opportunities for individual student improvement
    • Maximize individual strengths and foster student potential
    • Facilitate a seamless transition from grade-to-grade and teacher-to-teacher
    • Identify clear and objective goals for each student
    • Ensure all students are challenged appropriately and learn to take responsibility for their own learning and growth