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Benefits of Community Service as a Family

Jan 12, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities

 "Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't even have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve... You only need a heart full of grace. A soul gen... Read more
SchoolFamily
Homework, Technology and Teens, Oh My!

Jan 08, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, School Success, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Learning, Internet Safety, Homework, Cell Phones

A homework time vignette: Mom (through the bedroom door): "Where is your cell phone and itouch?"Tween or teen: "I have them right here. I need to check my Facebook to see if Matty got back to me about our group project a... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Foundation Skills for Young Learners

Jan 07, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

The New Year is a time for reflection and resolution.  We tend to get rid of what doesn’t work in our life, and fine-tune what does. Parents want to know how to maximize their young child’s early learning su... Read more
SchoolFamily
Over Parenting, Helicopter Parent -- Sound Familiar?

Jan 04, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Helicopter Parents

Just came across this amusing article titled, "Are you a Helicopter Parent?" Well actually, it was amusing and troubling all at once.  If you spend any time on this site, you know that we are all about parent involvement... Read more
SchoolFamily
A New Year's Wish for Parents of School-Age Kids

Dec 31, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement

Parenting school-age kids is anything but peaceful. Tiring, joyful, confusing, sometimes rewarding - maybe.  But peaceful, hardly ever. And yet, a quote I came across this holiday season made me rethink that belief. ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Holiday Vacation Activities: Make Your Own “Play Dough” For Fine Motor Fun!

Dec 23, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Motor Skills, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Looking for some parent/child "Holiday Vacation" fun? Try making your own “Play Dough!” You will need: 1 cup flour 1/2 cup salt 2 teaspoons cream of tartar 1 cup water2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon food co... Read more
SchoolFamily
At What Age Should You Give Your Child a Cell Phone?

Dec 21, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, Parent Involvement, Extracurricular Activities

There's always a lot of discussion amongst parents about what is the right age to get your child a cell phone. Well this article from local paper shares the middle school student's perspective on when to give kids cell p... Read more
SchoolFamily
Relaxation Techniques for School (and life!) Success

Dec 18, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Success, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Flu, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School

Exams, papers, reports card, oh my. Not to mention the excitement of the holidays, time off from school, and the ever-present runny nose. December can be a very stressful and busy time for children of all ages. Anxiety can be... Read more
SchoolFamily
Awesome Website that Teaches Kids to Give Back

Dec 17, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Middle School, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Internet Safety, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities

I'm willing to guess that many of you have kids that have computer games and  xbox, wii and Nintendo games top on their Christmas list. If you are anything like me, these are the least favorite gifts to give. I worr... Read more
Angela Norton Tyler
Is My Child Reading at Grade-Level? - Good Question to Ask in the New Year

Dec 15, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Vacation Homework, Parent Involvement, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Angela Norton Tyler

The New Year is the perfect time to hang unmarked calendars, make resolutions and revel in the feeling that we can "start over." And, while it certainly does feel as though our collective slates have been wiped clean, let's n... Read more