Dear Dolphin Parents,
It is hard to believe that it is summer. Wow! This year has gone by quickly, and it seems like yesterday that we opened our doors for our Open House.
There are so many great things that have happened here at Doby's Mill Elementary for which we are proud! Each day, we try to create an environment where children feel save and loved! We truly believe that each Dolphin student is "special" and find value in his/her individual talents. As we continue to work together, the sky is the limit for each child's growth. May is a very busy month with field trips, field day, and awards' days, so as you reflect on this school year and begin to plan for the summer months, our teachers and staff have shared some of their favorite summertime activities and suggestions.
From Mrs. Mary Anne Catoe: "If you are going to be on the computer, make it educational! My favorite website I recommend online for kindergarteners getting ready for first grade is www.starfall.com. Additionally, hoodamath.com and jmathpage.com are great for math games for all ages. A great reading website is jstorypage.com, and interactivesites.weebly.com is a great resource for all subjects.
For pre-K and Kindergarten, read everywhere: at the grocery store, on the menu, driving down the road. Signs are a fun way to learn letters and words. Our favorite car game is the alphabet game. We drive down the road (with older kids) and find a word on a sign that starts with A, then B, etc. It's a challenge as you drive down the road and that favorite Q word is nowhere in sight. It gets kids reading quickly and noticing words all around them."
Mrs. Stuhn suggested that you participate in the Clemson children's garden. "You can also build your own garden and incorporate math concepts into the gardening experience. Try enjoying the outdoors with hiking, swimming, playing sports, etc. Visit the local library and find reading material that relates to the activities that they are experiencing with your children. For example, if you build a garden, maybe read a book that talks about a garden!"
From Ms. Reno: "My suggestions include IXL, making or buying flash cards for times/division that can be bought cheaply at Dollar Tree or on Target dollar shelves. Be sure to join the local library reading program."
From Mrs. Peake: "My advice to parents is to take your children places. Give them experiences that will help them to be more well informed. Read with your child. Share a novel. Keep a journal."
From Ms. Walker: "Some available camps this summer include Charleston Southern University which is offering a summer choir camp for 5th grade age students. Check www.charlestonsouthern.edu/musiccamp for more details.
The Sandlapper Singers of Columbia is also holding a local summer choir camp. Check http://sandlappersingers.org/summer-program.html for more details.”
I hope you find these tips helpful. As always, thanks for your continued support. Please know that I am always only an email or a phone call away, even during the summer!
Be safe, and enjoy each day!
Ginger Catoe, Principal
Registration for the 2014-2015 School Year is July 30!