Adults aren’t the only ones facing anxiety and mental health issues thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Kids are facing more challenges than ever before as they learn to cope with distance learning, scary news, and a nearly constant feeling of missing friends and activities.
Section 504 and Idea ADHD, Depression, and 504 Plans
Most teachers have had minimal or no course work about the needs of children with ADHD. read more
Things: We Own Them, They Don't Own Us
How do we become more skillful in our relationship to things? Much of our lives is spent purchasing, returning, taking care of, cleaning, putting away, moving, and getting rid of things. We acquire possessions through purchase, gifts, and inheritance. Once we are owners, possessions demand a large portion of our life energy. What do we do with the things we no longer use and the things that belonged to the people we loved dearly? Our choices about possessions shape our lives.
Teaching our kids about kindness is so important. Like most things we teach our children, we like to do it in hands-on and fun ways. Kindness is no different! Try these acts of kindness that are perfect for little ones.
The Whys, and the Must-Haves
The idea of homeschooling through high school can be scary. Parents tell me, "I could never homeschool my teen - I barely got through some of my own high school classes!" But homeschool advocates are discovering there's a better way for teens to learn, and homeschooling your high-schooler may be easier than you think.
Put the Past in the Past
Schools must do their best to separate problems they had with parents in the past from current relationships, and work hard not to perpetuate negative family images. Parents can also move forward when they don't let the baggage of past events get in the way of future successes.
Kindergarten Prep: Separation Anxiety
Up to this point in her life, your child has pretty much been exclusively in your company. That is to say, except for visits to relatives, she's always been around you and she knows you're there to take care of any problems. That's about to change, and it's only natural that it should be accompanied by anxiety—for both of you.
What Your Child Should Know
Your child should:
The Differences Between IDEA and Section 504
From the Council for Exceptional Children
When note taking is difficult, the problem is often due to a poor learning environment. This means that a child's ability to get the information he needs is impaired because of factors going on (or not going on) in the classroom around him. Fortunately, there's something called "accommodation."
Real Learning Happens Daily
After more than a year of living through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are entering the time of year for school graduations, and they continue to be less than normal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is starting to relax its guidelines, however large group gatherings are still generally not recommended, particularly if they are indoors.
Stop Summer Boredom
"I'm soooo bored," sighs eight-year-old Jason as he sits down to lunch. "There's nothing to do."
For many children, summer means long lazy days that are a sharp contrast to the scheduled school year. In theory, parents and children alike look forward to a break from the pressure of homework and after-school activities. But in practice, a sudden wealth of downtime can add friction to families.
I have been homeschooling my daughter since her school closed mid-March, and I have decided that I will continue teaching her myself, even when schools eventually open again. She thrives in our current set up, and I know that continuing it is the best choice for her.
Here are eight reasons why I have decided to continue homeschooling after the pandemic is finally over:
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- Improving Test Scores
- Questions to Ask the School
Making the Most of Standardized TestsOdds are your child will have to take at least one standardized test each academic year and, considering the bills in the U.S. Congress, standardized tests will become high-stakes tests. A high-stakes test is a standardized test tied to a major education decision, such as whether a student will advance to the next grade, enter a preferred program, or receive a high school diploma. High-stakes tests could also be tied to district or school funding, and teachers' and administrators' salaries.
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As parents, we need to admit that screen time and an online presence are here to stay when it comes to our children and their education. While yes, it is true that hands-on learning through play is the ultimate and best way for young children to learn, electronic devices are a part of our culture for better or worse.
This summer parents have been waiting anxiously for their school districts to release reopening plans. Afterall, until we know what school will look like, we can’t help our children get ready! It’s hard to plan when you don’t know what you are planning for. Some schools opened their doors last week, and over the next few weeks more schools will begin (whether online, in person, or a combination of both).
Easing the Middle-School Transition for a Child with LD
Understanding the Changes
How can you prepare your child with LD for the transition to middle school? The first step is to understand the changes he will be going through, and how his LD may affect his adjustment.
The Differences Are...
In middle school, your child will have to get used to:
Finding a Couples Therapist
The best way to find a good therapist is through a personal recommendation. If someone tells you that a particular therapist helped save his or her marriage, then that therapist is likely to be very good. Also consider asking your religious leader. He or she has probably referred couples to therapy in the past and would be happy to help you find a good therapist.
Math and Science Do Matter for Girls
Throughout the past decades, society has expected boys to excel in the "harder" classes (science and math) and girls in the "easier" ones (language and social studies). The fact is all areas of study can be hard or easy, depending on the individual child and her attitude. Another fact is that when it comes to the job market, college graduates with a math or science background can usually find better-paying jobs in more abundance.
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.
The Artist or Crafts Enthusiast
Not every girl likes chasing after a ball or cycling her heart out. Many enjoy various forms of arts or crafts activities. They may be content to sit in the den and doodle, sketch, or write. Or they fashion objects out of Play-Doh, or stitch together a new outfit for their stuffed toys. Their hobby occupies them and brings them joy. Girls with this wonderful ability to entertain themselves are easy to satisfy.
IEPs: Confict Resolution
Parents and schools are not afraid of conflict and differences of opinion, but strive to resolve any differences in a "win-win" manner.