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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
Angela Norton Tyler
Students Need A LOT More Sleep Than You Think

Oct 19, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Sleep, Health and Fitness, Angela Norton Tyler

Your kids' bedtime. Ah, just reading those words puts a smile on your face, doesn't it? I love my children as much as the next parent, and at the same time I am not ashamed to admit that I also love sending them to bed at th... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Hands-On Math Games; A Fun Way to Improve Skills

Oct 15, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Math games are a great way to practice skills and allow your child to visualize abstract concepts. For these two games you will need a deck of cards, and a pair of dice. Start with twenty-five cards from the deck and one die... Read more
SchoolFamily
Bullying on the School Bus

Oct 14, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Elementary School, Bullying

When you ask a soon-to-be Kindergartener what part of school they are most excited about, they often say riding the school bus! Fast forward a couple of years and ask some moms what they dread the most about their child's sch... Read more
Angela Norton Tyler
Why Breakfast Really Is the Most Important Meal of the Day

Oct 12, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Nutrition, Kids Learning

When I was growing up, my mother insisted that my sister, brother and I eat breakfast every morning. This was non-negotiable. Mom said, "You can't learn on an empty stomach." Just once, I wanted to go to school hungry to find... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Math Games to Help Your Child Understand Numbers

Oct 05, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Saying numbers and knowing what numbers mean are two different and distinct mathematical skills. Your child might be a champion counter, yet not be able to identify the number “8″ out of numerical sequence. He or... Read more
Angela Norton Tyler
Get (and Keep!) Those Backpacks Organized!

Oct 05, 2009 - Posted by Angela Norton Tyler in Organization, Back to School

The kids have been back in school for awhile, and that "new school smell" is gone. New grade, new teacher, new classroom- big yawn. Most of us have settled in and gotten used to our school schedules. Before you get too relaxe... Read more
SchoolFamily
Advocating for Your Gifted Child

Oct 01, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement, Gifted and Talented

Do you have a child that is gifted? Does your school system have program for talented and gifted children? Judging from all the articles about budget cuts in education, thinking that most of you answered no to this question. ... Read more