College Application Schedule
- Meet with your guidance counselor. Get copies of the courses offered, the requirements for graduation, and an explanation of the grading system.
- Draft a four-year schedule of classes that meet the minimum requirements for college admission.
- Find out about the extracurricular activities you'd like to become involved in.
- Build a flexible schedule that will accomodate time for studying, extracurricular activities, working out, and relaxing.
Genealogy Classes, Lectures, and More
Readin', Writin', and 'Rithmetic
Seek every opportunity to attend classes and lectures on genealogy. Become familiar with the names of outstanding genealogists, and look for opportunities to hear them lecture. Read their published articles.
Gifted Kids or Gifted Mothers
In a fascinating study in the early 1990s, Ellen Moss and her colleagues compared the way that mothers of exceptionally gifted preschoolers talked to them during problem-solving tasks with conversations between a control group of mothers and children with only average scores on a standard IQ test.
Fostering Your Child's Good Character
Your child needs to develop good character traits in order to gain respect and trust from those around him. When he has gained trust and respect from other people, including you, he will gain a sense of pride in his abilities that will boost his self-confidence.
ADHD in School
The school environment--with its schedules and assignments, its long stretches of desk work, its emphasis on writing--all too often becomes a battleground to the child with ADHD.
The battle of the classroom can't be won with medication alone. It's only the initial building block. Study after study shows that medication alone doesn't improve academic achievement.
About Auditory Learners
We learn by "seeing it" (visually), "hearing it" (auditorily), or "moving and doing it" (kinesthetically), and most of us have one primary learning style through which we best learn and remember information. All of us can benefit from identifying and understanding our individual learning styles.
How to Say It: Homework Hassles
Help Your Child Develop Good Study Skills
(The following is a chapter from How to Say It to Your Kids, by Dr. Paul Coleman.)
Encouraging Your Teen's Musical Talents
Brought to you by MENC: The National Association for Music Education.
Is your teen a music buff? Encourage his interests and talents with the following tips.
1. Expose your teen to all kinds of music.
Try listening to music that's outside your usual range: classical (opera, symphonic, chamber music), pop, country, folk, ethnic music of other cultures, jazz -- you name it!
Logical-Mathematical Celebrity Profiles
Here's a list of scientists, mathematicians, and inventors who used logic and reason to find fame and fortune - well, at least fame! Each of them also lived with a disability. Their unique combination of intelligences -- strengths as well as weaknesses -- made them such successful people.
American physicist most famous for his theory of relativity. Einstein had learning disabilities and did very poorly in school.
For: Kids 8 to 12
Anybody can study history. But it takes an enterprising young historian, like your child, to give scholarly driving tours of your hometown -- the way it looked years and years in the past.
Reward Positive Behavior
Rewarding your child when he has done a good job, made progress on a tough problem, or achieved something he's worked for is a great way to accentuate positive behavior (and prevent problem behavior, too). A rewarded child learns, “When I do well, I'm appreciated and rewarded.”
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What to Do When Summer Gets BoringTwo weeks into summer vacation, Harry dons his best pitiful face and turns it on you. "I'm really, REALLY bored. Are you listening to me, Mom? Dad? Anybody?"
Banish boredom from your house this summer with activities that cross-pollinate and resonate with your Harry. Adventures that complement each other put skills and knowledge in a broader, more real-life context.
Dream Symbols and Names
What's in a Name
Native Americans are big believers in the inspirations that dreams can hold, and they use intricate webs of wood, threads, and feathers, called dream catchers, to capture all dreams, good and bad. According to legend, bad dreams get trapped in the web and eventually burn up. Good dreams are stored in the dream catcher's feathers, where they stay until they can be dreamed again.
Your Preschooler: The Social Observer
Given the opportunity, your three-year-old will become a social creature this year. She now begins to see the value of having friends and playmates and has the motivation and attention span needed to play social games with other children. At this age, your child can sometimes empathize with others' feelings and recognize their rights.
Tutoring Math and Reading
Parents' Custom Report Card Kit
How Will You React?
Whether it's As, Ds, or grades in between -- what's the best way to react to your child's report card? Read on to find your situation and a custom list of tips, along with ideas to help your child improve.
Why Boys Struggle with School
The statistics are sobering. According to the United States Department of Education, boys have consistently scored worse than girls in reading for thirty years—all ages, in every year. Two-thirds of special education students in high school are boys, and boys are 50 percent more likely to be held back in the eighth grade than girls.
Poetry for Homeschoolers
Software Solutions for Preschoolers
The best computer programs for preschoolers who can't read must feature bright and entertaining graphics, clear sound, and simple instructions. If your pre-reader has any chance of using them on her own, software programs should require no reading or minimal reading. Instructions should be rendered graphically or through spoken words that your child will be able to understand easily.
First Toys: Faces and Voices
Toys aren't always colorful plastic shapes you buy at the store. Almost anything can seem like a toy to your newborn. Before she can even hold a conventional toy in her hand, she'll become infatuated with two toys you didn't know you had: your voice and face. Your baby will learn and love the sound of your voice almost immediately. And a game of making funny faces could occupy her for hours.
The foundation of your relationship with your spouse could have a big impact on your child. If they see the two of you getting along and supporting each other, they will mirror your behavior and will likely get along with friends and family.
More: Having a GREAT Marriage
How Did Kids Get So Out of Shape?
Just how out of shape are they? One study comparing national fitness test scores of 6- to 14-year-olds from 1980 to 1994 found today's children have significantly less endurance than their counterparts 15 years ago. For example, the number of boys ages 10 to 14 who can't perform a single push-up has risen 64 percent.