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Carol Brooks Ball
New iPhone Apps Help Parents Receive School Notices, Deal With Head Lice, and Find the Nearest Restroom

Sep 06, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Vacation Homework,, School Volunteers, School Curriculum, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Helicopter Parents, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Cell Phones, Back to School, After-School

"There's an app for that." Are you familiar with this phrase? Perhaps it's one uttered by your kids on occasion (or on a daily basis). It's a phrase my daughter says frequently right before she sighs and gently gives me one o... Read more
Reading Log as Homework? Win a Reading Pup

Sep 01, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Contest, Back to School

Yesterday was the first day of school in my town. I met up with a bunch of moms after bus stop time to swap stories. Fortunately everyone in our bunch went off to school happily. The back-to-school mood of the group was divi... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Why is Mom the Family's Social Calendar-Carrier?

Aug 30, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Vacation Homework, Teacher Appreciation,, School Volunteers, School Supplies, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Homework, High School, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Back to School, After-School

School for my rising high school junior starts in seven days, which means that in seven days, I'll be hit with an avalanche of paperwork and important dates to record. I'm already in the doghouse, however, for forgetting some... Read more
Connie McCarthy
7 Ways Parents Can Help Kids with Back-to-School Jitters

Aug 29, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

Every year, about this time, I think about what strategies I can use to comfort those new students who are fearful about school, or are having a hard time separating fr om parents. School "jitters" are real and scary emotions... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
The 'Mindset' of college freshmen, for parents

Aug 24, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Parent Involvement, Helicopter Parents, College, Back to School

When my son was a college freshman, I remember dropping him off at school amid the chaos of freshmen move-in-day. After we'd helped him haul all his stuff in repeated trips up three flights of stairs in the dusty old dormitor... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Back to School Books that Address First-Day Jitters

Aug 23, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers,, Kids Reading, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Bullying, Back to School

If I had to pick a favorite book that I’ve read to my children during times when they've been anxious about returning to school, I’d be unable to choose – there are that many excellent choices. One that top... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Back-to-school means teens behind the wheel

Aug 18, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Parent Involvement, High School, Health and Fitness, Back to School, After-School

My daughter isn't eligible to get her driver's license until October, but despite the two months and back-to-school period between now and then, she's champing at the bit to know if she'll be able to drive herself to school. ... Read more
In Search of the Ultimate Back-to-School Tips and Checklist -- Kind of

Aug 17, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Supplies, School Success, School Lunch, Elementary School, Back to School

Well, the countdown to back to school has begun in my house. 15 more days. I say that with serious lament. I want to hang on to every minute of summer, every shred of the lack of routine. Well kind of. I want to, but my chec... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Welcome to!

Aug 10, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in, Parent Involvement, Elementary School, Back to School

Greetings! I'm Carol Brooks Ball and I'd like to personally welcome you to! As the new editor of the website, I'll be adding articles, tips, how-tos, and more to help you help your children do their best in ... Read more
Terrific New Site that Helps You Stay Connected to Your Child’s Classroom

Aug 04, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement, Back to School

There is no more denying it: back-to-school is upon us.  So, are you in the “it’s the most wonderful time of the year” camp or the “sad to see them go” camp? For me, I always suffer from a f... Read more