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Carol Brooks Ball
School Shootings: Help Your Child Process Tragedy in the News

Feb 28, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Technology, Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Internet Safety, High School, Health and Fitness, Grief, Elementary School, Bullying

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the residents of Chardon, Ohio after the tragic shootings at Chardon High School on Monday, Feb. 27. As of this writing, three of the five teenage victims have succumbed to their injuries. TJ... Read more
Livia McCoy
There is No Place for Sarcasm in the Classroom

Feb 28, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, High School, Helicopter Parents, Elementary School, Bullying

“Jackie, is it all right with you if I start class?”    This seems like a harmless question, doesn’t it? When teachers say it (and I am guilty at times), they are being sarcastic, because they kn... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Help Your Beginning Reader Become a “Decoding Detective”

Feb 28, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, School Curriculum, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

 To increase reading levels, beginning readers need the confidence to decode new and unfamiliar words.  A simple way to do this is by building on words they already know.  Teach your beginning reader the fun of... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Should Principals Have Control of Students' "Off Campus" activity?

Feb 27, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Technology, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Middle School, Kindergarten, Internet Safety, High School, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, After-School

Most schools have rules for how students should behave while on school grounds, and many have a written code of behavior that students—and occasionally parents—are required to sign.   It's also long been the ... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Attention Stay/Work at Home Moms: Is It Okay To Hire An Assistant?

Feb 23, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, School Volunteers, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers, After-School

In my former life I was a molecular biologist. I know. Weird huh?   Except working in a lab is a lot like, well… cooking. Mixing up recipes (only much more precise than a dash of this and pinch of that), and growi... Read more
Livia McCoy
Should Parents Pay Their Children for Good Grades?

Feb 22, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Helicopter Parents, Elementary School, ADHD

I have known many parents who pay their children for honor roll grades. In some cases, this is okay. But, if you are a learning disabled (LD) student, the quality of your work does not reflect how hard you worked on it. Somet... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
SchoolFamily.com Introduces Our Newly Redesigned Site!

Feb 21, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in SchoolFamily.com

Dear readers:   We’re proud to introduce our newly redesigned pages on SchoolFamily.com!   We’ve streamlined our content and made the site even easier to navigate, all while keeping the core school-based... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Vacation Fun, No Reservations Required!

Feb 18, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

School vacation can be a great time for family fun. Here are some simple ways to keep young children productively engaged, using all five senses (note that these activities can be enjoyed either at home or away on vacation): ... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Confident Child Syndrome: Letter To My Pre-Teen Daughter

Feb 16, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Learning, High School, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Gifted and Talented, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

Dear 11-year-old daughter,   You are smart, cute, witty, and have a spirit about you not usually found in a girl your age.   Earlier this year when you ran for student government and easily won the “popular&rd... Read more
Livia McCoy
Basic Student Skills: 5 Ways to Learn to Be a Proactive Student

Feb 14, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, School Curriculum, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

 Often when we get a new student at our school who is learning disabled (LD), we say something like, “She hasn’t learned how to be a student yet.” What we mean by this is that she has not yet realized t... Read more