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Angela Norton Tyler

Angela Norton Tyler
Drawing from my experience as a classroom teacher, an elementary school reading specialist, and parent my goal is to help parents help their children become better students. Come to my blog to read practical tips on how to improve the homework and reading skills of your children.


Is My Child Reading at Grade-Level? - Good Question to Ask in the New Year

Dec 15, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Vacation Homework, Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Angela Norton Tyler

The New Year is the perfect time to hang unmarked calendars, make resolutions and revel in the feeling that we can "start over." And, while it certainly does feel as though our collective slates have been wiped clean, let's n... Read more
A Simple but Powerful Children's Gift Idea

Dec 06, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Kids Reading, Kids Learning

During this holiday and gift-giving season, we are often confused and/or conflicted about what to buy the children in our lives. Because we want to see their little eyes light up in delight, we may be tempted to forgo anythin... Read more
When It Comes to Homework, Not All After-School Programs Are the Same

Nov 30, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Homework, Angela Norton Tyler, After-School

Most days when my son gets home from school, his homework is finished. While this is really, really nice, what really makes it great is that his homework is done correctly. There are different types of after-school programs,... Read more
Thanksgiving Means Family, Food and Fun- NOT Homework

Nov 23, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Vacation Homework, Homework, Angela Norton Tyler

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love spending time with family and friends, eating entirely too much delicious food and reveling in the fact that they haven't figured out how to turn the holiday into a commercial-gift-... Read more
Before You Do Anything, Call the Teacher First!

Nov 18, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Teachers, Helicopter Parents

Students come home and tell parents the most amazing things. "Today the teacher called us stupid.”  Before you rush off to call the principal, take a deep breath and contact your child's teacher and give him or... Read more
Quick Tips for Tests and Quizzes

Nov 10, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Kids Learning

For many students, final exams are right around the corner. And while these exams make up a large percentage of final semester grades (and cause a lot of worry), please don't forget about those weekly tests and quizzes. Tips... Read more
Why It's Not Okay to Be Late to School

Nov 03, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Teachers, Kids Learning, Elementary School

Early one morning last week as I pulled the car up to my son's school, he announced that he wasn't wearing any shoes. He had managed to remember his lunch and backpack, but his new tennis shoes were in the garage where he had... Read more
Students Need A LOT More Sleep Than You Think

Oct 19, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Sleep, Health and Fitness, Angela Norton Tyler

Your kids' bedtime. Ah, just reading those words puts a smile on your face, doesn't it? I love my children as much as the next parent, and at the same time I am not ashamed to admit that I also love sending them to bed at th... Read more
Why Breakfast Really Is the Most Important Meal of the Day

Oct 12, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Nutrition, Kids Learning

When I was growing up, my mother insisted that my sister, brother and I eat breakfast every morning. This was non-negotiable. Mom said, "You can't learn on an empty stomach." Just once, I wanted to go to school hungry to find... Read more
Get (and Keep!) Those Backpacks Organized!

Oct 05, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Organization, Back to School

The kids have been back in school for awhile, and that "new school smell" is gone. New grade, new teacher, new classroom- big yawn. Most of us have settled in and gotten used to our school schedules. Before you get too relaxe... Read more