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by Shelley M.
is in first
grade and doing well
although I think he
needs more practice
overall to reinforce
his skills. We are a
very busy family with
not much extra time.
Are there one or two quick activities that
you could recommend that would help his
learning become stronger?
Justine S. Cape Coral, Florida
All parents want their child to do well
in school, and I think it's great that you
are looking for ways to increase your
son's learning. One way to support your
son is to by helping him increase his
vocabulary. Beginning readers, like your
child, use knowledge about words to help
them make sense of what they're read-
ing. The more words a reader knows, the
more they are able to comprehend what
they're reading or listening to and ulti-
mately comprehend what is happening in
academics and in the world around them.
Talking to and reading with your child
are two terrific ways to help them hear
and read new words. Have conversations
and questions about interesting words.
For example if his book says, 'The boy
tumbled down the hill, you might ask, "
How do you think the boy went down the
hill?" Talk about the interesting new word
in that sentence. What does your son
think tumble means? Can he act it out or
maybe make a picture of it? Perhaps you
might be able to demonstrate the word.
Sharing a new word with your child
doesn't have to take a long time: just a
few minutes to talk about the word and
then focus back on the book or conversa-
tion. Choose which words to talk about
carefully -- choosing every new word
might make reading seem like a chore.
The best words to explore with your child
are ones that are more common with
adult speakers and less common to see in
the books your child might read.
When introducing new words to your
child, keep the following four helpful hints
in mind. Here is an example with the
First, provide a simple, kid-friendly
definition for the new word: Enormous
means that something is really, really big.
Second, provide a simple, kid-friendly
example that makes sense within their
daily life: Remember that really big water-
melon we got at the grocery store? That
was an enormous watermelon!
Third, encourage your child to develop
his own example: What enormous thing
can you think of? Can you think of
something really big that you saw today?
That's right! The bulldozer near the park
was enormous! Those tires were huge.
Last, keep these new words active
within your home. Over the next few
days and weeks, take advantage of
opportunities to use each new vocabulary
word in conversation. You and your son
will be delighted seeing his vocabulary
Shelley Greggs is adjunct faculty at
Florida SouthWestern State College,
where she teaches psychology and
education courses. She is also a nation-
ally certified school psychologist and
consultant for School Consultation
Services, a private educational consult-
ing company. Questions for publication
may be addressed to smgreggs@gmail.
com. Not all questions submitted can
be addressed through this publication.
Two Fort Myers residents recently
graduated from Kent State
Jeremy McGurk and Shana Plunkett
were among the Fall 2015 graduates
from Northeast Ohio's leading public
Dalton Eugene McMullen of Cape
Coral has been named to the
Deans' List/Explore Center
List of Distinguished Students at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the
fall semester of the 2015-16 academic
McMullen is a senior meteorology
climatology major at the College of Arts
Make Dean's List
Tufts University recently announced
the Dean's List for undergraduate
students enrolled for the Fall 2015
semester. The list includes Brittany Mitro
and Samuel Persichilli, both of Fort
Myers and both members of the class of
David Whitenack and Kylie Flynn,
both of Fort Myers, were recog-
nized for achieving the Dean's List
as cadets at The Citadel in Charleston,
South Carolina. Whitenack was awarded
Gold Stars for earning a grade point
ratio of 3.7 or higher during the 2015
Dean's List recognition is given to
cadets registered for 12 or more semester
hours and whose grade point average is
3.2 or higher with no grade below a C
for the previous semester's work. The
Citadel offers a classic military college
education for young men and women
profoundly focused on leadership excel-
lence and academic distinction. To learn
more about The Citadel go to www.cita-
First TSA Associate Class Graduates
The first class of 14 graduates of the Transportation Security Administration
(TSA) Associates Program, administered by Florida SouthWestern State
College (FSW), was recognized in an achievement ceremony on January 20 at
Southwest Florida International Airport.
Supported by the TSA, the 9-credit program is offered through community colleges
nationwide to allow TSA workers to expand their education and career development in
Homeland Security. FSW is the only entity in Southwest Florida to offer the program,
which it began administering in fall 2014.
"The program is designed to prepare transportation security officers, supervisors,
and managers for future promotions by challenging them to think like administrators
and realize the inherent complexities of the Department of Homeland Security under
which the TSA falls," said Robert Knott, adjunct professor, TSA Associates Program.
"Homeland Security changes constantly, and this program allows employees to stay
current in this field through continuing education," said Nydia Miculinic, TSA associate
program education coordinator and graduate. "Many of us started out with the agency
without prior experience or knowledge in this field. The initial courses selected for the
program helped me understand the foundation that built the Department of Homeland
Security and TSA and how it grew to be the agency it is today."
Students who completed the program can continue their education and apply the
nine credits they earned to FSW's associate in science in criminal justice technology
For more information, contact the FSW School of Business and Technology at
489-9270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
McLaren Named To Honors List
Ciara McLaren, a resident of Fort Myers, was named to the Fall 2015 Honors
List at Mary Baldwin College. Students named to the Honors List earned grade
point averages of 3.75 to 4.00.
Melinda Lukas, an exercise science major from Cape Coral, has been named
to the Fall 2015 Dean's List at Georgia Southern University for excellence
in academics. To be eligible for the Dean's List, a student must have at least
a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester.
The first class of the TSA associates program at FSW comprised 14 graduates
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