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Bill Harley
Teacher Gift Ideas – Beyond the chocolate chip cookie

Dec 14, 2009 - Posted by Bill Harley in Teacher Appreciation, Elementary School, Bill Harley

If you’re considering some kind of teacher gift, I have a suggestion. Homemade cookies are always thoughtful, but the problem with cookies is that the teacher will eat them. And there's also all the other cookies and cu... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Keep Television Out of Your Young Child’s Bedroom

Dec 07, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Technology, Sleep, Parent Involvement, Kids Learning

“Should I get my child their own television for their room?”  Whenever I am asked this question my answer is always a resounding “Absolutely not!” I say this because: Using a TV for reward or pun... Read more
Angela Norton Tyler
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
Tim Sullivan
Cool Lowe's Christmas and holiday ideas

Dec 01, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Tim Sullivan, Teachers, Teacher Appreciation, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

I've worked with Lowe's quite a bit these past few years, most often on our partnership on the very generous Toolbox for Education grant program. Even with all that work, I never really thought of Lowe's as a Christmas brand ... Read more
Angela Norton Tyler
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
Connie McCarthy
Kids' Holiday Gifts: Give the Gift of Learning

Nov 30, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

With Holiday shopping upon us, parents often ask me for suggestions of games or toys that will enhance their child’s learning.  Here are some simple, inexpensive educational toys and games for 4-8 year olds.  ... Read more
SchoolFamily
Writing Contests for Kids

Nov 23, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Kids Writing

Looking for a way to inspire your kids to do a little more writing? Perhaps these contests will do the trick:Olive Garden's Pasta Tales ContestThis contest will give writers in grades 1 through 12 in the U.S. and Canada the o... Read more
Angela Norton Tyler
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
Connie McCarthy
A Helpful Hint to Improve Fine Motor Skills

Nov 20, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

“Mrs. McCarthy, I like to color but my crayon just won’t stop at the line!” said Kate.  Some young children have yet to develop the fine motor skills needed to make their crayon “stop at the line.... Read more
Angela Norton Tyler
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