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Angela Norton Tyler
Homework Sandwiches

Aug 17, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Homework

Parents often wonder if they should let their kids take a break after school before starting their homework. I understand the dilemma. One the one hand, it seems reasonable to let our children have a quick snack and a few min... Read more
Angela Norton Tyler
How to Study Using the Folded Paper Method

Aug 17, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Kids Learning, Homework

One of the great mysteries of the educational universe is why students aren't taught how to study. I was lucky enough to be shown the Folded Paper Method in the 8th grade, and I have been using it ever since! Not only does it... Read more
Connie McCarthy
More Activities to Improve Gross Motor Skills

Aug 13, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness

Play is crucial in helping children develop good Gross Motor Skills. Here are five more activities that will help your four-to-six year old practice and refine these important Gross Motor Skills. All of these games can be pla... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Internet Safety: What the kids search for online.

Aug 11, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Tim Sullivan, Technology, Parent Involvement, Internet Safety, Elementary School, Back to School

My friend and colleague Marian Merritt of Symantec sent a note about some very interesting research from Symantec.  It comes from 6 months of data (millions of kids’ searches) from the new OnlineFamily.Norton.com s... Read more
SchoolFamily
Technology Time Eating into Family Time?

Aug 11, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, Internet Safety, Cell Phones

A colleague forwarded this NY Times article titled "Breakfast Can Wait. The Day's First Stop is Online."  The story actually made my stomach do a flip- flop. No, not because I skipped  breakfast to check my email an... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Your Child's Gross Motor Skills: How to Improve Them

Aug 07, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Summer Learning, Motor Skills, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Outdoor summer activities are great tools for improving your child's Gross Motor Skills. Parents often ask: "What is the difference between Gross and Fine Motor Skills, and how do they impact on my child's ability to learn?"&... Read more
SchoolFamily
Class Assignments & New Teachers

Aug 06, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Teachers, Parent Involvement, Back to School

Teacher and class  assignments come out right before school starts in our town. Going to the school to see the class postings is always an emotionally-charged event. What if your kids don’t have friends in their cl... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Swine Flu , Parents, and Schools

Aug 06, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Tim Sullivan, PTOs and PTAs, Middle School, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Back to School

 I’m sensing that schools are going to be the first line of defense this fall and winter when it comes to the Swine Flu and getting our kids vaccinated.  This AP article on parents’ views of school and t... Read more
SchoolFamily
Back-to-School Family Traditions

Aug 04, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Back to School

Back-to-school. Three little words that pack such a range of emotions. Whether your kids like, love, or hate school, there’s no denying it -- it’s a time of transition. As parents, our job is to soften these perio... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Have Some "Cents-ible" Fun!

Jul 30, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Empty those piggy banks and help your child make some "cents" of coins and counting with a game I call: "Stop, Drop, and Roll." This game can be played on a table, on the floor, or even on a beach blanket! Items needed: Fi... Read more