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Angela Norton Tyler
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
SchoolFamily
How Attuned Are You to Your Kid's Stress Levels?

Nov 09, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Success, Parent Involvement

By Lisa Gundlach for SchoolFamily.com A colleague recently sent me  a link to this blog about kids and stress. Some interesting statistics for parents to digest... According to a recent survey administered b... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Three Easy Activities to Improve Reading Skills

Nov 06, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

"Mrs. McCarthy," said one of my students,  "I'd like to read...I just don't know where to start!"  Young students often don't understand the left-to-right progression needed for reading.   Here are three simple... Read more
Angela Norton Tyler
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
SchoolFamily
Don't Let Those Girls Lag in Math & Science

Nov 02, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, Parent Involvement, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

Recently came across this blog that talks about  encouraging girls to excel in math and science. So I knew that the work force, in these areas, is still male dominated --but I didn't know just how much this is tru... Read more
SchoolFamily
Do Parent-Teacher Conferences Make you Nervous?

Oct 28, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Elementary School

I was talking to a friend yesterday whose oldest child is in kindergarten.  She was telling me that she just sent in the form for her daughter's parent-teacher conference and that she was nervous -- despite the fact her ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
More Math Games for Kids:Coin Recognition

Oct 26, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

The four main coins used in the United States are the penny, nickel, dime, and quarter. Often children find it difficult to distinguish between coins. Young children must be able to recognize different coins, before they can ... Read more
SchoolFamily
Helping Students Succeed in School - A Must Watch Video

Oct 23, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Success

My teens often send me amusing YouTube videos. Now, here's one that I want to send to them: Help Your Kids Succeed with Goal Setting For Students. Dont' let the title mislead you -- it's a good video for parents and (older... Read more
SchoolFamily
Help Your Child Learn to Read

Oct 21, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School

Just came across this blog from Literacy News that I thought had some excellent advice for parents of young readers. As a parent, it's tricky sometimes to know what your role is when it comes to teaching a child to read. Thi... Read more
SchoolFamily
Payoff for Joining a PTO or PTA?

Oct 20, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in PTOs and PTAs, Parent-Teacher Conference

What's your perception of your school's PTO or PTA group? Do you think it's friendly and hardworking... or cliquey and unwelcoming? If you said the latter, you are not alone.Connecticut mom, Monica, felt that way about the PT... Read more