Join our bloggers as they share their experiences on the challenges and joys of helping children succeed in school.
In an earlier post I mentioned that there are some students who need to have their homework assignments modified for one reason or another. If your child is really struggling with homework, consider whether modifying their h... Read more
Children are great story tellers. It’s wonderful to listen to their detail, expression, and language when they speak of important events in their lives. I often point out to my students that writing a good story is just... Read more
If your adolescent is struggling in math you need to know for sure that he knows his basic math facts to an automatic level. By “automatic level,” I mean he does not have to expend mental energy remembering them.... Read more
Being a good reader does not necessarily mean that a child will be a good writer. Writing stories is a learned skill, and sometimes the best readers are reluctant writers. The key is to start simply, so that the art of writ... Read more
Many parents contact me to ask whether they should buy a laptop for their child. In today’s technological world, we tend to think that every child needs a computer of their own. In reality, there are many factors to con... Read more
In a recent weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal, (January 8-9, 2011) I read an article that soon started a nationwide controversy. The headline read "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior." It was the story of Yale Law Prof... Read more
When children consistently have difficulty with homework it is important to communicate this concern with your child’s teacher. With the teacher’s help you may be able to identify the source of the problem and fig... Read more
This past week I got to be "a student." I took an intensive math course, outlining ways to help my first-graders streamline their math skills. It gave me the opportunity to be in the position of learning new skills and info... Read more
In an earlier blog post I discussed ways parents can help their children learn more from homework.
Here are a few additional suggestions that can help make homework time less stressful for students who struggle in school.
Pr... Read more
The more "automatic" your child can be with basic math facts, the more he or she will be able to easily recall them. This recall can then be applied to more difficult math calculations. In education, we call this math "auto... Read more