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Help your child make wise online decisions

December 19, 2011 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Prior to the Internet, children typically called their friends on the phone when they wanted to communicate. Parents could fairly easily monitor their children’s telephone use. They might have limited when, with whom or how long a child talked on the phone. Like the telephone, the Internet is merely a tool that needs to be […]

7 must-have skills for tweens

December 19, 2011 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Middle school students learn to organize, prioritize and communicate less like small children and more like adults. That transition can be awkward, but with encouragement and practice, adolescents can learn personal skills that will pay big dividends throughout their lives. So, what personal skills do tweens need? A group of teachers, former teachers, and guidance […]

Toys that teach for prechoolers

December 16, 2011 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

By age 3, most children are masters at running, climbing and jumping and are beginning to show interest in other, more structured types of play. Children at this age will begin scribbling and cutting. Some non-destructive ways for children to practice their cutting skills include snipping along the edge of a piece of paper to […]

Discovering the world of math and science

December 16, 2011 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Even if you don’t consider yourself math/science-minded, there are plenty of fun and easy ways for you and your children to discover the exciting world of math and science right at home. Here are some ideas: Learn something new together. So your 4-year-old wants to know why pteranodons don’t fly the skies anymore. Often we […]

Fewer teens see marijuana as dangerous

December 14, 2011 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

More U.S. teens are smoking pot and fewer see it as dangerous, according to an annual survey for the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Survey results show one out of every 15 high school seniors reported smoking marijuana on a daily or near daily basis – the highest rate since 1981. The survey polled 47,000 […]

Spur middle school study skills

December 14, 2011 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Studies show that many children’s grades drop during the first year of middle school. It’s at this point that they can become less interested in studying and less self-assured about their abilities. But rigorous academic standards and tougher high school graduation requirements mean students need to be diligent with their studies throughout the middle school […]

Healthy bodies make for strong minds

December 13, 2011 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

As parents and teachers can attest, young kids are tough to keep down. They race around the backyard, slam dunk the garbage and pirouette at only the slightest hint of music. Though this level can be tiring to manage, rest assured – all this activity is a natural and very important part of children’s physical […]

Rising to the challenge of change

December 13, 2011 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

From the first trip on the big yellow school bus to the moving-up ceremony at the end of fifth grade, the elementary years are filled with lots of change. And while some children meet these new experiences with ease and eagerness, others have difficulty plunging into unfamiliar waters. During the elementary years, the transition from […]

Get high marks on attendance

December 13, 2011 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Research shows that students who attend school regularly learn more, have fewer discipline problems, acquire better study habits and are generally more successful than students who do not. Missing even an hour of school can be a learning opportunity lost. Good attendance practices are formed early in life – so parents can set a positive […]

To share or not to share … What your child’s teacher needs to know

December 7, 2011 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

No one knows your child better than you do. From her personality traits and learning style to how she deals with challenges at home, you have “insider information” that could be vital to her success in school. So what should – and shouldn’t – you divulge to your child’s teacher? Consider this rule of thumb: […]