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National standards have set the bar for academic achievement, which means that today it is clear what a student should have achieved by certain points in the school year.
Parent teacher conferences are a terrific opportunity ... Read more
Calling all cooks!
SchoolFamily.com is launching a complete recipe section, and we’re looking for your favorite recipes to share among our readers! Do you have a weeknight dinner recipe that’s quick and easy? A no... Read more
|9th Grade Sex Ed Survey: What Would You Do?
Nov 17, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Learning, High School, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Elementary School
What would you do as a parent in this situation?
A teacher at Rio Rancho High School in New Mexico who passed out a voluntary, anonymous sex survey to students in a 9th grade biology class, has been placed on leave until the ... Read more
|Consequences of a Zero: How One Missing Grade Makes a Huge Difference
Oct 24, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Supplies, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Back to School
Many students do not understand how important it is to complete (and turn in) every single assignment. They think that missing a paper or two does not make much difference in their overall grade. I have tutored students befor... Read more
|A Cool (Free) Tool for Doing a Presentation
Oct 19, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Homework, High School, Elementary School
Many teachers assign presentations to help their students develop their speaking and presenting skills. I recently learned to use some presentation software that is available free on the web. It’s called Prezi and is pa... Read more
|How to Help Your Child Improve His or Her Vocabulary
Oct 11, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School
For children to be successful in school, they need a strong vocabulary. This especially helps them to understand what they are reading. Experts tell us that children need to read a wide range of fiction and non-fi... Read more
As a life-long Red Sox fan, I was astounded by my beloved team’s collapse.
Just about everyone has heard how the team fell apart in September, and squandered a nine game lead in the American League wild card race.
How c... Read more
|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, SchoolFamily.com, 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
|Why is Mom the Family's Social Calendar-Carrier?
Aug 30, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Vacation Homework, Teacher Appreciation, SchoolFamily.com, 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
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