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Tim Sullivan
Does PreSchool Hurt or Harm Kids?

Jan 21, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Kindergarten

As usual, Sue Shellenbarger over at the Wall Street Journal's Work & Family space, does a nice job balancing both sides of a heated issue with this column on preschool research. Her conclusion: Do kids need preschool? No.... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Keeping Kids Safe Online in 2009

Jan 16, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Internet Safety

Reading about this common-sense new cyber-bullying law from California, reminded to highlight several new efforts and resources that are worth a look:1. Really like these Internet Safety Tips from our friends at Norton.2. It'... Read more
SchoolFamily
Have you made parenting resolutions for 2009?

Jan 07, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement

Do you make New Year resolutions? How about parenting resolutions? In the Today show video posted below, iVillage contributor Michelle Borba talks about parenting resolutions for the new year. She shares tips and tactics for... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Ugh -- Can't use word "school". Give me a break.

Jan 06, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement

So the town muckety-mucks in this English town have banned the word "school" when referring to their new "learning center". School, it seems, has negative connotations. We'll call this the early 2010 leader for nuttiest edu... Read more
Tim Sullivan
My Child Won't Do Homework. Help.

Dec 31, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Homework

Feel like I've been reading Barbara Meltz's advice in the Boston Globe forever. Always balanced and rational. Here, she tackles a common lament: what to do when your child (in this case a 13-year-old) just won't take care ... Read more
Tim Sullivan
One Laptop_ One Child for the Holidays

Dec 18, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Technology

If you're still looking for a cause, here's a nice one with a real School-family feel:Zimi's StoryHere's the One Laptop website if you'd like to learn more.... Read more
Tim Sullivan
National Handwriting Day and Writing Worksheets

Dec 15, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Kids Writing

Like this handwriting/inauguration idea from the folks at Handwriting Without Tears. Could be a great activity for a long holiday school vacation.We have a ton of downloadables here on our site, too, including a bunch on writ... Read more
SchoolFamily
Homework Sandwiches

Dec 12, 2008 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Homework

This is a guest post by Angela Norton Tyler, of Family Homework Answers. Angela is a teacher and parent from the Sacramento, California area. She has been a classroom teacher, an elementary school reading specialist, and has ... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Join the PTO? Love it or hate it?

Dec 04, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in PTOs and PTAs, Parent Involvement

All of us school parents have faced this dilemma, I imagine. Should I get involved with, how much should I get involved with or should I run away from the PTO or PTA at the kids' school?Of course, here at schoolfamily.com, we... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Parent Involvement and Video Games and School

Dec 02, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement

Short story from the Washington Post on video games and kids, but the fundamental truth lies in two simple sentences:It called for parents to know what and how much their kids are playing. Too much gaming or too much video-ga... Read more