Teresa Cox 
tjcox@smcps.org 

 
Our character traits change each month. For this school year they are:
Perseverance
Respect
Responsibility
Peace
Self-Discipline
Kindess
Tolerance
Cooperation 
Honesty
 
 
Please feel free to call or e-mail me at any time with a problem or concern regarding your child. I will be happy to help you!

 
 
Age Ways to Encourage a Commitment to Learning
 
4-5   
• Encourage writing with magnetic letters, crayons, and
fingerpaint.
• Keep a box of dress-up clothes for your child to play with.
• Visit libraries, zoos, museums.
 
6-10
• Let your child read to you every day as he or she learns to read.
• Help homework become a part of your child’s evening routine.
• Ask your child “what if” questions to help her or him look at the
world in a different way.
 
11-15
• Encourage your child to collect things he or she gets excited
about. Contribute to the collection.
• Help your child learn how to study with a friend.
• Find creative ways to help your child link her or his interests
with school subjects.
 
16-18 
• Place more emphasis on lifetime learning—not just graduation.
• Encourage your teenager to listen to her or his heart. Help your
teenager connect what’s in her or his heart to career interests.
• Help your teenager think about future goals, and the discipline
and boundaries required to reach them.
• Visit colleges with your teenager to get her or him excited and
connected to her  future.
 
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