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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
Tim Sullivan
Good Parent Involvement _ Bad Parent Involvement

Dec 01, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement

GrantedI don't know all the details, but let's just say that I suspect this Atlanta mom might be a tad bit too involved in Junior's school work.Proudly jumping into the dumpster to retrievea science project? Hand-delivering s... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Thanksgiving Wishes, Jokes and a couple of activities for the kids...

Nov 25, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in SchoolFamily.com, Fun Learning Activities

Why'd the Pilgrim's pants fall down? Because his belt buckle was on his hat! Nice, right?That killed 'em at my house, though admittedly my audience of grade schoolers and below laugh at anything involving pants falling down.R... Read more
Tim Sullivan
The Parent _ Homework Divide

Nov 24, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement, Homework

Very interesting message and follow-up discussion over on the Washington Post site. The topic: what's the right amount of homework? And what's the parent's role in that homework? Lots of strong feelings in this debate.As a da... Read more