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Archive for September, 2012

Nutrition is a vital piece of young athletes’ training plan

September 25, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

When it comes to our young athletes, we tend to focus on the physical paces they put themselves through as they train for their favorite sports. Equally important is nutritional training – making sure their bodies have enough fuel to make it through a race or game, not to mention to support growth in their […]

‘Kissing Hands’ to soothe separation tears

September 14, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary | with 0 Comments

The fantasy goes something like this: Your young child wakes early and bounds down the stairs to breakfast, unable to contain her excitement about going to school. You can barely get a word in as she insists you’re actually punishing her by making her eat breakfast and brush her teeth instead of heading off to […]

Celebrate citizenship and the Constitution on Sept. 17

September 14, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

When we think of important dates celebrating our country’s history, we tend to think first of Independence Day on July 4. A lesser known – but also important – date is Constitution Day on Sept. 17. Constitution Day is observed each year to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, and to […]

Talking about bus safety is time well spent

September 14, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Our soon-to-be-8-year-old son insists he’s old enough to walk alone up our driveway at the end of the school day. We think differently. Since we can’t see the bus stop from the house and we live on a busy road, we have made it a habit to wait by the road for his bus at […]

A test already? We just started this class!

September 14, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

There’s been lots of talk about tests around the dinner table this week. The general consensus is that our children don’t like to take tests when they don’t know the answers. They’ve been taking one or more “pre-tests,” new this year as part of New York state’s Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR), new rules that […]

School daze: Reclaim the routine

September 4, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Every August, we vow to be more organized for the start of school. The lazy days of summer have been fun for our kids, with plenty of opportunities to stay up late, sleep late and occasionally lounge around in pajamas all day. With the start of school, we realize a regular routine helps us all […]

Nutritious snacks fuel youthful engines

September 3, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Nutritious snacks are an important and necessary part of every young child’s day. Preschoolers need about 1,200 to 1,600 calories a day, preferably from a balanced diet that includes whole grains, lean meat, beans, low-fat milk, fruits and vegetables. Most preschoolers can’t eat enough to meet all their nutritional needs in three meals, so healthy […]

Bulging backpacks an unhealthy burden for kids

September 3, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

There have been times when my middle schooler’s backpack was so heavy I couldn’t figure out how she managed to lug it up the driveway on her small frame. My daughter would assure me everything in her backpack was necessary, but that did nothing to ease my mind about how the weight could affect her […]

Finding a college that fits

September 3, 2012 | Posted in: High School | with 0 Comments

Choosing a college is a big decision. This is the third contribution by Capital Region BOCES Communications summer intern Ean Dunn, who shares insights on the college selection process. A big part of high school is making the decision to go on to college or enter the work force. As I told you in a […]