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Connie McCarthy
Use This Week To Ease Your Children into January’s Increased Academics

Dec 26, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

In the early grades, January is traditionally a time when schoolwork accelerates. Young students have been steadily building on skills since the start of the school year. They have also been learning the various routines of t... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Happy Holidays to Your Family From All of Us at SchoolFamily.com!

Dec 23, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Vacation Homework, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Learning, High School, Health and Fitness, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School

On behalf of all of us at SchoolFamily.com, please accept our warmest holiday wishes. We hope that this winter break over the holidays affords you and your children some extra time together, to play, learn, and simply be in o... Read more
SchoolFamily
Gratitude vs. Materialism: Holiday Happiness is Simpler Than You Might Think!

Dec 21, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Teacher Appreciation, SchoolFamily.com, School Volunteers, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

SchoolFamily.com’s guest blogger this week is Dr. Christine Carter, Ph.D., a sociologist, award-winning blogger, and author of RAISING HAPPINESS: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents. Visit Dr. Carte... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Handmade Gifts Kids Can Make for Their School-Age Friends

Dec 20, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in SchoolFamily.com, Middle School, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

For many years now, we had a no-gift policy for our kids’ birthday parties. We even went so far as to let people know any gifts brought would be graciously donated to a local shelter. However we soon had to amend our &l... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Simple, Last-Minute, Stocking Stuffers for Fun and Learning

Dec 19, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Vacation Homework, Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Surprise your young child this holiday season with some simple and inexpensive items as stocking stuffers or small gifts that will delight their curiosity and enhance “hands-on” learning. Remember the delicious ch... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Bah humbug on teacher gifts, say Alabama lawmakers

Dec 08, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, Teacher Appreciation, SchoolFamily.com, PTOs and PTAs, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, High School, Elementary School

Have you and your children decided on what teacher gifts you’ll be giving for the holidays? If you’ve chosen a $25 gift card and you live in Alabama, you’ll want to reconsider—lest your gift sends a te... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Helping Kids Develop a Positive Body Image

Dec 08, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Nutrition, Middle School, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

Does your son complain about his hair? Does your daughter say horrible things about her thighs? Do your other kids make occasional comments about being "fat?" And do you worry what they'll be feeling and saying about themselv... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Rewards, Movies, and Holiday Parties? Oh My!

Dec 07, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Curriculum, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

Is any work getting done in school during the holiday months? I recently came across a Facebook group discussion about using classrooms using movies as a reward for everything from meeting accelerated reader (AR) reading goal... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Survey says sexting is less prevelant than originally believed

Dec 06, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in SchoolFamily.com, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Internet Safety, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Cell Phones

The Internet has been abuzz this week with news that the practice of sexting—kids texting naked photos or videos of themselves or others via cell phone—is nowhere near as rampant as we’d all been led to beli... Read more
Livia McCoy
A Positive Approach: Teach By Catching Kids Doing Something Right!

Dec 06, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School, Elementary School

Parents and teachers have a tendency to tell children what they are doing wrong. That’s our job, isn’t it? But wouldn’t it be better to tell them how to do things right instead? “You need to keep worki... Read more