At the beginning of every school year, teachers strive to get their classroom management strategies in place. They do this to provide a safe and predictable school environment for all students.
Now is a great time to organiz... Read more
As your elementary-age child settles into the new year, schools typically schedule an open house or “meet the teacher” night. This is an important event to attend, if your schedule allows.
It’s important be... Read more
Parents night (also called back-to-school night) is a big event at our school. Almost all of our families are represented by one or both parents. It is a time to get a feeling for the atmosphere in the school and find out ... Read more
When children have chronic health concerns, it is more important than ever for the parents and school to form a partnership for the benefit of the child. The National Institutes of Health has an excellent guide that instructs... Read more
“Hey Mom, what’s for dinner?”
Deciding what to make for dinner is a challenge in many households with young children, especially on busy weeknights. With school the next day, kids need a nutritious evening m... Read more
Now that school is in session your young child is learning new skills every day. Here are some simple ways to reinforce and practice those skills as part of your family’s routines:
Count backwards. While w... Read more
“Hey kids: I’ll give you $50 for that A!”
Have you ever paid your kids for getting good grades?
It’s a controversial practice to some who argue that it’s akin to bribing kids for studying hard an... Read more
One day this week was set aside as orientation for new students at the school where I teach. Our middle school dean of students mentioned to me that he was very nervous. When I asked him if it was because he was... Read more
Every new school year is full of challenges for students, parents, teachers, and administrators.
I’m excited to report that this will be a very different school year for me. For the first time in 25 years, I’m not... Read more
Back-to-school time is a great opportunity for parents to introduce (or bring back) routines into children’s lives, from homework and bedtime routines to practicing healthy habits.
And one of the best ways to help kids ... Read more