• Welcome to a new year of learning at GES.

    I have been teaching for fifteen years in Guilford County.

    I am a graduate of High Point University. 

    I am excited to partner with you this year as we assist your child through a year of his or her developmental stages...academically, socially, and behaviorally. Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits. "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill

    Habits to encourage at home, daily, are reading, practicing math skills, and practice behavior norms that line up with behavior expectations from GES and/or my classroom. I suggest you read to your child, with your child, or allow your child to read to you every night. Discuss the details of the story such as the plot (action, problem/solution for fictional text, etc.), the main idea and details (examples related to the details for nonfiction text, etc.) that support the main idea. "I can not live without books." -Thomas Jefferson  

    Math, practice single digit addition facts such as doubles (5+5, 3+3, etc.), making ten facts (7+3, 6+4, etc.). Then alternate with subtraction. Practice counting by 5's and 10's. Please practice writing with your child. Three simple sentences daily. Encourage your child to write legibly, use capital letters when appropriate, use punctuations, and use spacing between the words so that their sentences are easy to read. "The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet!" - Aristotle    

    A beneficial task to practice at home is for students to practice following directions so they can maximize their hours learning within the school day and practice at home sustained time on a task with an ample amount of effort on the task. Students should be encouraged to ask for help at home when they think they need it. (-smile) These tips are what I have found to help students be successful in the school environment. Develop a passion for learning...!   

    Here are a few websites that you can allow your child to use at home:    

    www.pbskids.com

    www.funbrain.com

    www.mathplayground.com 

    www.xtramath.org

    In Mrs. Watkins' class we celebrate diversity. We learn in a culturally enriched classroom. I encourage my parents to visit our class and share their stories, experiences, and artifacts from their country and/or culture so that we may continue to grow culturally and appreciate all of the different nations, people, and places from around the world. Amor! Hubun! Amour! Amore! Liebe!    

    Please contact me at watkint@gcsnc.com or at GES 336-316-5844. 

    All the Best to an exciting year of learning and growing! See you soon!

    Mrs. Talayna Flores Watkins, M.Ed.

     

Mrs. Watkins

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