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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
Carissa Rogers
Make Martin Luther King Day a Family Day of Service

Jan 11, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in School Volunteers, Parent Involvement, Organization, Middle School, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Did you know Martin Luther King Day has morphed into an official “Day of Service?” If you check the website, MLK... Read more
Livia McCoy
A Teacher's Study Tips for Exams

Jan 10, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

It is about the time of year when teachers begin talking about exams! At my school, we have first semester exams next week. Teachers here spend all of this week reviewing for them to make sure their students know what will be... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Food Allergy Tragedy: Parents, Check Your Child's School Action Plan

Jan 06, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Volunteers, School Lunch, School Breakfast, Parenting, Nutrition, Middle School, Kindergarten, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

In a tragic case of a severe allergic reaction, a 1st grade-student at an elementary school in Virginia, died Monday, Jan. 2, after reportedly being exposed to a peanut product.  This heartbreaking incident is a reminder... Read more
Carissa Rogers
My Daughter’s On Facebook; What Are The Rules?

Jan 04, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Internet Safety, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

When it was time for my daughter to start using Facebook, we read articles, talked to Internet safety experts, and researched Facebook terms of service (TOS) rules for children. (Did you know children younger than 13 aren't a... Read more
SchoolFamily
Calm Parenting: 8 Ways to Get Control When Your Child is Making You Angry

Jan 03, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, After-School

SchoolFamily.com's Guest Blogger this week is Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC, expert blogger for EmpoweringParents.com and creator of The Calm Parent AM & PM program. Pincus is also the author of numerous books for young people o... Read more
Livia McCoy
Children Need Experience Making Their Own Decisions

Jan 03, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Clothes, School Breakfast, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, After-School

It is tempting as a parent to take control of every part of a child’s life. Parents make sure their children do all their homework, get up on time, get ready for school, eat a healthy breakfast, wear appropriate clothin... Read more
SchoolFamily
SchoolFamily.com's Favorite School and Education Videos From 2011

Jan 02, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Bullying

Sometimes kids learn best when music and fun are part of the equation. One way that’s been accomplished by many school districts is through the use of student-performed videos that are created locally and then uploaded ... Read more
Carissa Rogers
10 Resolutions for 2012 This GoodNCrazy Mom’s NOT Making

Dec 28, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, School Volunteers, PTOs and PTAs, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Homework, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

January is having a staring contest with me. There’s less than a week left of 2011 and I feel like the past year is making fun of all my goals. It knows what I accomplished, it knows what I failed. It knows the big &lsq... Read more
Livia McCoy
What Does It Really Mean When A Child Is Learning Disabled?

Dec 27, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

Students who struggle in school are often misunderstood. On Monday, they might turn in work that is beautifully written and thoroughly done. Then on Tuesday, their work is practically illegible, only partially complete, full ... Read more