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My Neighborhood Is Special
- 30 to 40 minutes
Take a walk together and write down all of the things that you think makes your neighborhood a special place. Be sure to include people, pets, services, beautiful things, etc.
- Draw pictures together to illustrate what you saw.
- Think of things that would make your neighborhood even nicer.
- Draw improvements in a "wish picture."
The Athlete or Outdoor Girl
If your girl has some or a lot of athletic ability, you are again fortunate because there so many opportunities for her to practice what she likes. Whether it is tae kwon do, soccer, or lacrosse, you should be glad your girl can find something she is passionate about.
When You Were Born
- Baby scrapbook and/or keepsakes
You can use this idea to make custom tablecloths for birthdays, holidays, and other special events. An older child may enjoy making a tablecloth with his friends at his next birthday party.
- Large roll or sheets of plain newsprint
- Paint, crayons, or markers
- Clear vinyl tablecloth
- 25 to 30 minutes
- Colored paper
- Using visuals tools to help your child look forward to special days can help to control anticipation. Make a paper link chain that corresponds to the number of days until the special day.
- Hang it in a prominent place chosen by your child and remove one link every night at bedtime.
Editor's Note: This article was written in partnership with FamilyEducation’s sister site, TeacherVision.com.
We are living in difficult times due to the coronavirus. As the new Omicron variant spikes across the globe, many parents are worried about whether there will be more lockdowns and schools will close again.
In these unprecedented times, we are all dealing with the effects of social distancing. Though we know it is absolutely essential to stay home whenever possible during this global pandemic, the physical distance from friends and loved ones can be extremely difficult for people of all ages to deal with. Children are not immune to this experience. Whether children are expressing it or not, they do need interactions with others for the sake of their social emotional health.
Childhood is all about adjustments and transitions. As adults, we know that there will be many times we need to teach children how to adjust their expectations and behavior, or how to be resilient when something changes.
Education is a hot topic these days as we face a new school year during a global pandemic. As moms, we have carried our families through all of the regular parental responsibilities in addition to the added emotional labor that has come with the difficult decisions regarding our family’s health and safety on a daily basis. We have navigated questions of how our families can safely spend their time, what to do about childcare, how to address health crises, and more during this time of COVID-19.
In this article, you will find:
- Will special education help my child?
- What do I do if my child is found not eligible for the services?
ADHD and Special Education
Special education is instruction that is specially designed (at no cost to parents) to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. "Specially designed" means adapting the content, methodology, or delivery of instruction (as appropriate) to the needs of the child, in order to:
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Help your child make a memory box where she can store her special mementos and childhood treasures.
- Cardboard box with lid
- Magazines, photos, paint, markers, and/or stickers
- Clear contact paper (optional)
I never planned to homeschool, and I know I am not alone. Like many parents across the country, taking on the responsibility of teaching my kids wasn’t optional. I was a middle and high school English teacher for eight years, and I have a MA in English Education. When COVID-19 shut down our schools, I thought: I’ve got this.
Boy, was I wrong.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that the incidence of learning disabilities in the general population is 15 to 20 percent. About 4 percent of children in the United States are classified as having a learning disability.
Unfortunately, this diagnosis is often viewed as a hindrance rather than an opportunity for growth and understanding. Individuals diagnosed with learning disabilities are not "stupid." In fact, to qualify as having a learning disability, you must have average intelligence.
The challenge of parenting a teen or young adult child with substance use disorder is arduous and emotionally exhausting at any time. Paralyzing anxiety, fear of the unknown, confusion, isolation, and sadness are normal day-to-day emotions when your child is misusing drugs or alcohol. Today, these parents are suffering the emotional and physical toll of the coronavirus pandemic on top of the heavy load they already carry.
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Defining Your Homeschool Year
In order to start the process of lesson planning, you need to know how much time you are planning for; in other words, what is a school year for your homeschool?
First, determine the total number of school days in your school year.
Finding ways to keep your children active during this time of social distancing can feel like a challenge, but it’s more important than ever to keep them moving. With no PE class, recess, dance lessons, soccer practice or friends to chase around it’s time to get creative.
If you are a teacher looking for at-home learning opportunities that you can share with your students’ parents or you are a parent finding yourself in charge of homeschooling for the first time, don’t panic! Trust me, you can offer your kiddos plenty of learning opportunities with items that are already in the house. All you need is a little patience, energy, creativity, and common household materials to keep your now homeschooled “students” entertained and engaged.
In this blog post, I will share six activities for at-home learning (no trip to the grocery store required!).