At LCE, we are committed to helping students become caring, healthy, and responsible adults. We have been learning about and implementing the Developmental Assets. Research by the Search Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has shown that the assets make a powerful difference in the lives of children and teens. The more assets a student has, the more likely they are to grow up to be caring, healthy, contributing members of society. There are 40 Developmental Assets in all, and they are divided into two main types. External Assets are positive experiences kids receive from the world around them - including you! Internal Assets are values and skills that kids develop internally, with help from caring adults - including us here at school! We will focus on Internal Assets at school, and I will communicate with you periodically about external assets that you can focus on at home.
This November and December, I’d like you to think about the asset SUPPORT. Support is like a safety net holding us up in different ways. We all need lots of people in our lives to support us. The support assets focus on the people who care about your child(ren). Does the child feel loved and supported in the family? Do they feel like they can talk to their parents and ask them for advice? Are there other adults besides parents who support and encourage them? Do they have neighbors who look out for them and care? Do they get along with teachers and other kids at school? Is school a caring and encouraging place to be? Are parents actively involved in their schooling to help them succeed in school?
Some ways to be supportive at home:
- Get up 20 minutes earlier and eat breakfast together
- Plan a weekly family fun night
- Go for a walk together around the neighborhood and talk about the day
- Give hugs!
- Involve your children in other interactions, like camps, sports leagues, youth groups, tutoring, and clubs
- Get to know your neighbors and model ways for your children to start conversations with neighbors
- Talk about the adults your child notices at school who are especially caring
There is a wonderful, short chapter book that you may want to read with your child(ren) in the next couple of months. Access it here. Mrs. DeBoer and I are happy to share additional resources in the area of support, as well. Feel free to ask!