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Make-overs for School Lunches

Jun 07, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Nutrition, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

What do Michele Obama, Rachel Ray and the Hidden Valley company have in common? (No this is not a joke!) The answer: They all want America's school lunches to get an extreme make-over! I thi... Read more
Can Silly Bandz Teach Your Kids to Manage Distractions?

Jun 03, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Kids Learning, Helicopter Parents, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 17, chances are you are all too familiar with Silly Banz. Heck, you may even have some on your wrist right now -- a gift of love from your kids perhaps? The wearing and trading of... Read more
How Emotional Intelligence is Linked to School Success

May 24, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Middle School, Kids Learning, High School, Elementary School, Bullying

This is a guest post by Sue Blaney, a nationally recognized award-winning author, speaker, and publisher dedicated to supporting parents in successfully raising teenagers. Sue specializes in communication and works with paren... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Basic Number Grids Make Math Easy

Apr 07, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Simple number grids are a great math tool for young children. Grids allow children to clearly see numbers they are adding or subtracting, as their finger “jumps” from one number to the next. Grids consist of rows... Read more
15 Ways To Advocate for Your Child with a Learning Disability

Mar 31, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Elementary School

This week we are pleased to have a guest blog co-authored by two professors who are specialists in the area of learning disabilities:Howard Margolis, Ed.D., is Professor Emeritus of Reading and Special Education at the City U... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Practical Ways to Encourage Writing For a Purpose

Mar 22, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Writing well usually begins with writing for a purpose. Here are three simple activities to give writing meaning, and encourage your child to connect the importance of writing and reading to everyday life. Give your chi... Read more
The Arts in Education: Essential or Not?

Mar 10, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Summer Learning, School Success, School Curriculum, Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Elementary School

Every time I scan the news I see another article about cutting the arts from education. It saddens me. Deeply. I know that budget cuts are very real and that there are no easy decisions or answers. Here's the thing: to me,... Read more
Let's Talk About Homework Hassles

Mar 01, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

Homework. Amazing how one word can enduce so much stress for parents and kids alike, isn't it?  We get many questions from parents on the topic of homework. How do I get my child to do their homework without tears?  ... Read more
SpellQuizzer Spelling Software Give-away on Twitter

Feb 22, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

We're excited to tell you about a give-away that we are doing on Twitter. We are partnering with SpellQuizzer to give away 6 SpellQuizzer software licenses -- two a week for three weeks.    We think that t... Read more
Connie McCarthy
What Gross Motor Skills Should Your Child Master by the Age of Six?

Feb 18, 2010 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Gross motor skills impact bigger muscle groups, like the arms, legs, feet, and torso. They are the first motor skills a child develops.Mastering gross motor skills helps your child develop a sense of balance and spatial aware... Read more