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Carol Brooks Ball
Preschooler Parties that are Over the Top

Aug 23, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Kindergarten, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School

Have you heard about this? It's the latest garish, new, reality television show, wherein parents (mothers mostly), spend absurd amounts of money on parties for their young children. Called  "Outrageous Kid Parties," the ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
How to Help your Child Make Math Connections

Aug 22, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

We use math skills each and every day. We follow a pattern when we commute to work, when we calculate change from our purchases, or when we check the temperature, etc. The key to helping your young child understand math is t... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Back-to-school means teens behind the wheel

Aug 18, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Parent Involvement, High School, Health and Fitness, Back to School, After-School

My daughter isn't eligible to get her driver's license until October, but despite the two months and back-to-school period between now and then, she's champing at the bit to know if she'll be able to drive herself to school. ... Read more
SchoolFamily
How to Help Overweight Students Navigate Back to School With Confidence

Aug 17, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Lunch, Nutrition, Middle School, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

For many students, back to school means shopping for new clothes, purchasing new school supplies, and being reunited with their friends after the summer vacation. For students who are overweight, however, the back-to-school p... Read more
SchoolFamily
In Search of the Ultimate Back-to-School Tips and Checklist -- Kind of

Aug 17, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Supplies, School Success, School Lunch, Elementary School, Back to School

Well, the countdown to back to school has begun in my house. 15 more days. I say that with serious lament. I want to hang on to every minute of summer, every shred of the lack of routine. Well kind of. I want to, but my chec... Read more
SchoolFamily
Are teachers "overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated?"

Aug 16, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Teachers, Teacher Appreciation, Elementary School

A fourth-grade teacher in Florida thinks so. Jamee Miller, who teaches in West Palm Beach, Fla., wrote an essay that was recently posted to Facebook, recounting what her day is like as an elementary school teacher working am... Read more
Livia McCoy
Children, Sleep and Long Term Memory

Aug 16, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Sleep, Livia McCoy, Extracurricular Activities

Scientists now have evidence that long-term memories form during sleep. For years we have suspected that sleep was important for learning and memory. This data now confirms that suspicion (See Science Daily, Sept. 16, 2009)... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Simple Ways to Increase Your Child's Reading Comprehension

Aug 15, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Ready, Set, Read! When my son, Michael, was four years old someone gave him a video of his favorite movie “Star Wars.”   The problem was he could not yet read.  So, each time the movie started, as t... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Sex Education Now Mandatory in New York City schools

Aug 12, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in SchoolFamily.com, School Curriculum, Middle School, High School, Health and Fitness

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Carol Brooks Ball
Welcome to SchoolFamily.com!

Aug 10, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in SchoolFamily.com, Parent Involvement, Elementary School, Back to School

Greetings! I'm Carol Brooks Ball and I'd like to personally welcome you to SchoolFamily.com! As the new editor of the website, I'll be adding articles, tips, how-tos, and more to help you help your children do their best in ... Read more