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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
SchoolFamily
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