Why Kids are Bored at School: Perspective From An Occupational Therapist
In her thought-provoking article, ‘Reasons Today’s Kids Are Bored at School, Feel Entitled, Have Little Patience & Few Real Friends’, author Victoria Prooday (Occupational Therapist) shares 5 reasons for boredom at school and 5 solutions. (For more detail on the article, go to http://deeprootsathome.com/kids-bored-entitled/.)
Reason #1: Technology – Compared to virtual reality, everyday life is boring. When kids come to school, after hours of virtual reality, processing information in a classroom becomes increasingly challenging for our kids because their brains are used to the high levels of visual stimulation (graphic explosions and special effects) on their screens. Solution #1: Limit technology, and re-connect with your kids emotionally. Surprise them with flowers or by taking them out for lunch on a school day, put a love note in their backpack or under their pillow, have pillow fights, family dinners, board game nights, go biking, etc.
Reason #2: Kids get everything the moment they want it – “I am Hungry!!” “I am Thirsty!” “I am bored!” We have the best intentions — to make our children happy — but unfortunately, we make them happy at the moment but miserable in the long term. The ability to delay gratification is one of the key factors for future success. Our children are gradually becoming less equipped to deal with even minor stressors, which eventually become huge obstacles to their success in life. Solution #2: Train delayed gratification. Make them wait! It is ok to have “I am bored” time. This is the first step to creativity. Avoid technology use in cars and restaurants. Instead, teach them waiting while talking and playing games.
Reason #3: Kids rule the world – “My son doesn’t like vegetables.” “My son won’t go to bed.” What good are we doing our children by giving them what they WANT when we know that it is not GOOD for them? Without proper nutrition and a good night’s sleep, our kids come to school irritable, anxious, and inattentive. In order to achieve our goals in our lives, we have to do what’s necessary, which may not always be what we want to do. Solution #3: Kids need limits to grow happy and healthy. Make a schedule for meal times, sleep times, technology time, eat breakfast and nutritious food, spend time outdoor, go to bed at a consistent time, etc. (Think of what is GOOD for them- not what they WANT/DON’T WANT. They are going to thank you for that later on in life.)
Reason #4: Endless fun – We have created an artificial fun world for our children. We live in two separate worlds. Children have their “fun” world, and we have our “work” world. The moment it becomes quiet, we run to entertain them. But basic, monotonous work trains the brain to be workable and function under “boredom,” which is the same “muscle” that is required to be eventually teachable at school. Consequently, when they come to school and it is time for handwriting, their answer is “I can’t. It is too hard. Too boring.” Why? Because the workable “muscle” is not getting trained through endless fun. Solution #4: Teach your child to do monotonous work from early years as it is the foundation for future “workability” – Make your children fold laundry, tidy up toys, hang up clothes, unpack groceries, set the table, make lunch, unpack their lunch box, make their bed. (Be creative!)
Reason #5: Limited social interaction – Kids used to play outside where they learned and practiced their social skills. Unfortunately, technology replaced the outdoor time. And technology made parents less available to socially interact with their kids. Solution #5: Teach social skills – turn-taking, sharing, losing/winning, compromising, complimenting others, using “please and thank you”.
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APPLE SALES: I am pleased to announce that we have our second Music Tour fundraiser happening this week. Our apples come directly from an Adventist grower, Russ Klatt at Avalon Orchards in Oliver, BC. The apples and pears are unwaxed and minimally sprayed and are better quality than those you can buy at the grocery store. Plus, the sale supports a great cause!
Our popular sellers are the Ambrosia and the Aurora Golden Gala (which is not sold in stores) apple varieties as well as some other favourites. Each box contains about 40 apples and are perfect for sharing with neighbours and friends. The proceeds from this sale will help our students in the High School Music Program at CWAA defer the cost of the Music Tour to Toronto which is taking place from May 17-21, 2018.
Please contact a student in the Concert Band or Choir, Gr. 7-12 or myself (via e-mail) to place your order today. The apples and pears are set to arrive next Monday, Nov. 6 and can be picked up after school. Orders must be received by 5 pm on Thursday, Nov 2 via e-mail or on a paper order form (see button below) to be included in this shipment. Please pay for the fruit in the CWAA office prior to pick-up on Monday afternoon. This is our last apple order this fall. Please e-mail me with any questions.
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NO SCHOOL NOVEMBER 10: Friday, November 10 is an Organizational Day for all teachers. There will be no classes for Junior Kindergarten-Grade 12 Students.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES: Join us in packing a box (or multiple boxes) for this special project. If you would like some boxes, please contact Pastor Brent Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please get your boxes turned in by Friday, November 17th. This is a great opportunity to be Servants of Life!
POINSETTIA PLANTS, PLANTERS AND LIVE WREATHS FUNDRAISING SALE:
CWAA Grades 11 & 12 students are fundraising for their Educational Tour. Poinsettias, seasonal planters, and live wreaths are of premium quality and add a festive touch to any area. Order deadline is Nov 24th with delivery on Dec 4th. An order form showing all products can be opened on the button below.POINSETTIA ORDER FORM
FALL FUN FEST: Fun Fest at CWAA is on Saturday evening, November 25TH, from 6 – 9 pm. Plan to come out to the school for lots of good food and fun games. Bring along family and friends for this enjoyable social evening and get to know your school family! Anyone interested in having a booth at Fun Fest can find an application form on the button below.FALL FUN FEST APPLICATION FORMS
PRAYING PARENTS: Praying parents will meet this week on Thursday, November 2. Come join us in the lobby as we pray for our school, our teachers, our students and our families right after school begins.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
Nov 3-5 Junior High FCA Volleyball Tournament (Lacombe)
Nov 7 Picture Retake Day
Nov 9 End of Term 1 Secondary
Nov 10 No School K – 12 (Organizational Day for Teachers)
Nov 13-17 Anti-Bullying Week
Nov 14 Secondary Report Cards
Nov 16 Secondary Parent /Teacher Interviews (4-8 pm)
Nov 16-19 Senior High Northern Classic Volleyball Tournament (Burman Univ)
Nov 17 Nursing Home Visit Grades 2 & 4
Nov 17 Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Deadline
Nov 20 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Nov 21 Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Grades 1-4
Nov 24 End of Term 1 Elementary
Nov 25 Fall Fun Fest 6-9 pm
Nov 28 Elementary Report Cards
Nov 29 Youth Link Forensics Lab Grade 6
Nov 30 Elementary Parent/Teacher Interviews (4-8 pm)
Five hundred years ago tomorrow (October 31), a Catholic priest posted an impressive list at a doorway. The next day would be All Saints Day, and a lot of people would be going through the door to attend church in honour of this religious festival – so this poster would likely receive a lot of views. The sign contained a list of 95 key points outlining some concerns that the priest had regarding some unbiblical practices and beliefs that were common in the church. Little did that priest realize that what he did on that October 31 in his homeland of Germany would kick the Protestant Reformation into high gear and have an impact around the globe! Martin Luther (the German priest who posted the list) is one of the key personalities in the Reformation – a move toward a more biblical understanding and practice of the Christian faith. God’s word had the power to impact Martin Luther. God’s word had the power to impact many people around the world with the light of truth! God’s word has the power to impact my life and your life today with the truth of God’s love and power! May we take time to read and meditate on His word with the guidance of the Holy Spirit so that it can have an impact on each of us and transform us into Servants of Life to those around us!
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16–17 NLT)
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