It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking we are always celebrating our children. Holidays are pushed months in advance as we walk through stores, birthday parties can become elaborately detailed, and schools and sports teams often give out awards simply celebrating participation. Do we really need to celebrate our children more than that?
Language Arts in Third Grade
What Kids Should Learn in Reading
In the area of reading, the teacher's principle goal is that the children view reading as central to learning and as a source of endless information and enjoyment. The teacher also wants each child to gain confidence about being a successful reader. More specifically, the third grade curriculum is designed to ensure that children:
Transitioning from Parent to Homeschool Teacher: Covering the Basics
In this article, you will find:
- Identifying the problem
- What to do and what to avoid
Motivating Your Homeschooled Child
Having trouble motivating your kids? When it's time to do "school stuff," are your kids less than enthusiastic? Join the club! I've never met a homeschooling parent who has not faced this challenging situation. How do parents get past this difficult phase? Is it possible to turn your family's learning time into a cooperative experience? To answer these questions, we first must examine some basic assumptions about learning.
In a traditional classroom, the teacher follows a pre-determined curriculum.
Making Friends in College
Hi, My Name Is . . .
"In the beginning of the year everyone is in the same boat, knowing no one, so go out of your way and introduce yourself to a variety of people it will make your year more enjoyable."
Sophomore, Fairfield University
Number bonding? Skip counting? Does your child's Common Core math homework make your head spin? You're not alone.
Plenty of parents who grew up learning how to add and subtract with older teaching methods now look at their children's Common Core homework with a sense of panic, or at least mild bewilderment. Rest assured, you have not forgotten how to do first-grade math.
Talking with Children About War and Violence in the World
by Sheldon Berman, Sam Diener, Larry Dieringer, and Linda Lantieri
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.
Teaching Your Child to Protect Himself
If you hit your child apologize as soon as possible. Explain that you lost your temper and admit that that's no excuse. Acknowledge that you have no right to hit him. Make it understood that you're sorry and will try never to do it again. If you hit your child regularly, seek professional help. The damage you're inflicting can hurt him for a long time.
Q&A: Gifted and LD or ADHD
These parents' questions may provide you with some answers about giftedness, LD, and ADHD.
1. I recently had my six-year-old son tested for being "gifted." I was told he might be at risk for a learning disability. Can this be true?
Read the answer...
2. My gifted 12-year-old son has a problem with spelling. What do you suggest?
Read the answer...
There isn’t any area of life that is unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic including college admissions. Instead of touring prospective universities and studying for the SAT exam, high school juniors are adapting to a virtual school environment and an uncertain future.
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Real Learning Happens Daily
Whose Homework Is It, Anyway?
Homework may be hard to handle for kids, and it certainly is for grownups. We all want our kids to do well, and it's often hard to take the long view, let the child figure it out, and avoid rescuing her. In other words, parents tend to help (or even do) their children's homework in a misguided effort to help them succeed in school. In their book, 7 Strategies for Developing Capable* Students: *Responsible, Respectful, and Resourceful, H. Stephen Glenn and Michael L.
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:
Bringing Up Open-Minded Kids
What is Multiculturalism?
*The following is an interview with Dr. James A. Banks, a professor of education and director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle, and author of Educating Citizens in a Multicultural Society.
Q: What is multicultural education?
Writing Good Book Reports
The Modern Book Report
I used to regard book reports as evidence, nothing more. They were the hard-core proof that you'd done your summer reading or completed an English assignment. You churned out a few paragraphs, received a grade, and that was that.
Kids today are being asked to do more. That old war horse, the book report, has taken on new dimensions.
Tips for the End of School
Make a strong finish!
Here are the tips and resources you need to help you and your kids survive the end of school and enjoy summer.
1. How to decide which classes your child will take next year.
Do you think your child has special talents? Don't miss out! Now's the time to submit parent and teacher referrals for gifted and talented programs. An evaluation period may be underway in your school to determine eligibility for programs in the fall.
So often when racking our brains for solutions to challenging behaviors, adults lean on fear as their best friend to help them through the madness and frustration. In the field of behavior many strategies may hurt a child’s emotional wellness, and result in shame, guilt and sadness. Adults scour parenting books and the internet for help.
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The Responsibilities of the Noncustodial Parent
You Can Do It!
Spending quality time with your children is the greatest gift you can give them. Communicating in a genuine way—really listening to them—will not only solidify your relationship, but it will also help them—and you!—get through this tough time.
When Kids Want to Quit
Dilemma for Parents: Am I Raising "A Quitter"?
Evaluating the Year-Round School System
Almost 2 million students attend year-round schools today, an increase of 400% in the last 12 years. Will your kids be the next to kiss that long summer vacation goodbye? If your school system is busting at the seams, your school board may already be considering the idea. Year-round schooling can reduce overcrowding, while avoiding the high cost of building new schools. How does it work?
When a married couple walks down the aisle, physically or metaphorically, on their wedding day, divorce and separation are the furthest thoughts from their minds. Your wedding day is one of happy beginnings and hopes for life-long togetherness. The unfortunate truth, however, is that many marriages do end in divorce. People change, grow, develop new interests, or take career paths that lead them in a direction they never imagined. And while none of these are excuses for divorce, they are often part of the cause.