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Everyday Money Management for Kids

Jul 29, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Kids Math, Fun Learning Activities

There are lot of great books and articles about teaching kids to manage money. Like most parents, my husband and I are always looking for everyday ways to let our kids apply what we learned in the books and articles. A coupl... Read more
Bill Harley
Stories at the Table

Jul 28, 2009 - Posted by Bill Harley in Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School

When my kids were in the house, it was a regular part of dinner to go around the table and say one thing about the day. It got us started in conversation, and it didn't stop.  Its where my kids learned about who I was, a... Read more
SchoolFamily
Get Organized for Back To School

Jul 28, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Back to School

This is a guest post by Marian Hyland. Marian Hyland writes about family life at Cozi.com. Cozi is a free web service that helps families manage crazy schedules, track shopping and to do lists, organize household chores, stay... Read more
Tim Sullivan
An Online Driver's License for Kids and Teens

Jul 23, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Tim Sullivan, Technology, Internet Safety

Thanks to my involvement with Symantec's Online Safety Advisory Council (check out their new www.onlinefamily.norton.com product for a cool web safety solution for your family), I occasionally get to listen in as some very s... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Why Reading To Your Child Is So Important!

Jul 23, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

It is a proven fact that constant reading to young children helps them become better readers. Why is this so effective? Children learn many skills as they listen. Listening is the first step your child takes in making litera... Read more
SchoolFamily
How to Sneak Learning into your Child's Play

Jul 22, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math

A parent's summer dilemma: How to strike that balance between letting your kids have R & R and keeping their brains active --to prevent the summer slide. Came across this article that lists 9 tangible ways to create fun, ... Read more
SchoolFamily
Take a Hike for Summer Learning

Jul 20, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Kids Reading, Elementary School

Summer is such a great time to spend some low-key time with your kiddies. One of my favorite low-key activities with younger elementary-age kids is a nature walk in the woods. Ask your kids to pick a few of their favorite boo... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Play a Pattern Game for Learning Fun!

Jul 16, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Math, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Let's have some pattern fun with a game I call "Powerful Patterns." For this game you will need a deck of playing cards.The game can be played on any flat surface. The adult and child sit side-by-side, facing in the same dire... Read more
SchoolFamily
"Giving Back, by Backpack"

Jul 15, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Back to School

Here's a neat article about how Staples is helping millions of American school children, who live in poverty, get the supplies they need. How they are going about this, is what I find interesting. Rather than targeting mom or... Read more
Tim Sullivan
8th Grade: What to Expect Academically and Socially

Jul 13, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement, Organization, Middle School, Back to School

Most agree: junior high is not an easy time. Teens pretend to be cool and laid back, but beneath that cool exterior is your same child -- just trying to figure it all out. What's a parent to do? Well as the saying goes: "Th... Read more