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Carol Brooks Ball
Should School Start Later for Teens?

Feb 14, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, Sleep, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, College, After-School

Ever try to wake a sleeping teenager? It’s a time-consuming undertaking that’s frustrating for everyone involved, especially on early morning weekdays before the sun is even up.   That’s the reality for... Read more
Connie McCarthy
This Valentine’s Day, Keep Sugar Levels Low and Math Levels High

Feb 11, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Young students love Valentine’s Day and all the treats that go with it. This year try something different. Instead of letting your child eat those small Conversation Hearts, use them for some easy, fun, and colorful mat... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Valentine's Day Activities and Crafts To Make With Your Kids

Feb 07, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, Teacher Appreciation, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, School Curriculum, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, After-School

Looking for a special Valentine’s Day activity or craft for your children to make or for you to make together? Look no further—we’ve compiled a variety of gift ideas through images we’ve pinned to our ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Teaching your child responsibility and decision-making skills

Feb 07, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

I wrote an earlier blog post about teaching children how to accept responsibility for their actions.   In that post I suggested that when your daughter says, “Mrs. Johnson got me in trouble,” you might help ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
In Praise of the Average Reading Student

Feb 07, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Supplies, School Curriculum, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

I’m writing this week in support and recognition of all the wonderful young students who fall into the under appreciated category of “average” when it comes to their reading.   Average means that a chil... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Are Your Teens Using "SelfControl"?

Feb 03, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Technology, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Internet Safety, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Cell Phones

At SchoolFamily.com, we offer parents lots of information about keeping kids focused on their schoolwork, and staying (or getting) motivated. We also offers ways to help parents set limits on the time their kids spend in fron... Read more
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
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
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