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Connie McCarthy
5 Ways to Help Your Advanced Reader

Jan 30, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Gifted and Talented, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

  Last week I wrote about struggling young readers, and offered some strategies to help these children succeed.  But, what if your child is an above-level reader?  How do you keep an advanced reader challenged ... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Are You Welcome In Your Child's Classroom?

Jan 26, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Curriculum, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, High School, Helicopter Parents, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

Have you ever attempted to sit in on one of your children’s classes at school and been turned away? If not, and if you were actually welcomed into the class by school officials, consider yourself lucky. Even though the ... Read more
SchoolFamily
The Red Flags of Cyber Bullying

Jan 26, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Internet Safety, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Bullying

SchoolFamily.com guest blogger Dr. Michele Borba, Ph.D. is an expert and author on issues involving children and teens, parenting, bullying, and moral development. Her work aims to help strengthen children’s character... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Little Boys and Lego Woes

Jan 25, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

My little boy (see photo) loves Legos. Okay. What 7-year-old boy doesn’t?   However he loves them for about 10 minutes. Or as long as it takes him to put together the elaborate “puzzle” of pieces via t... Read more
Livia McCoy
Learning Disabilities and Social Problems

Jan 24, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

Children with learning disabilities (especially nonverbal LD) or attention issues often have social problems. I wrote about some of them in an earlier post. But, there is one problem that I didn’t mention in that blog t... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
So, Junk Food in Schools Isn't to Blame for Kids' Obesity?

Jan 24, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in SchoolFamily.com, School Lunch, Parenting, Nutrition, Middle School, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

Wait a minute. Can this be true? Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have released the results of a study in which they found no relationship between children’s obesity levels and the availability of soft drink... Read more
Carissa Rogers
My Teen’s Love/Hate Relationship With Science: A Corn Story

Jan 18, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Middle School, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Carissa Rogers

My freshman daughter hates science. Okay, maybe hate is a too strong a word, but she sure doesn’t love it. And that’s all very sad for me since I have a biology degree and made university research my home for 8 ye... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Start Using Those S.A.T. Vocabulary Words Early

Jan 16, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, College

We were recently visiting a family friend, a young woman who's a great young mom with two active preschool children. It was impressive to hear her speak and explain things to her son and daughter. I complimented her on her gr... Read more
SchoolFamily
5 Ways to Handle A Drop In Your Child’s Grades

Jan 12, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Homework, High School, Elementary School

SchoolFamily.com's guest blogger this week is Neil McNerney, M.Ed., LPC , author of Homework—A Parent’s Guide To Helping Out Without Freaking Out!   You know the look. It’s the look your kid gives whe... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Should Parents Get a Say in Their Child's Curriculum?

Jan 11, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Curriculum, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, High School, Elementary School

Do you think you should have say in any—and every—aspect of your child’s school curriculum?   What about your neighbor? Or how about the crank who shows up at every school committee meeting, complaining... Read more