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Lessons from the Pilgrims

Lessons from the Pilgrims

November 21, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

On a day when so many families gather, Thanksgiving is the perfect chance to make learning a fun, family experience. The holiday is steeped in tradition, particularly regarding the story of the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth Colony. If you and your children aren’t familiar with the history of the Pilgrims’ first winter in America, reading […]

Finding the time to read together despite a hectic schedule

November 21, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

As a full-time working mom, there never seems to be enough time in the day. Mornings are a harried rush to get ready and out the door on time while evenings are equally busy preparing meals, cleaning up and planning for the next day. Despite the limited time we have together during the week, I […]

Could my daughter be a ‘mean girl’?

November 20, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

It’s not the kind of news you want to hear. Your daughter has been talking behind a friend’s back – and the things she’s saying are far from kind. You can’t figure out what’s going on, because that’s not how you raised her. You thought you taught her about compassion, empathy, acceptance and understanding. Now […]

Group projects are lesson in collaboration

November 20, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

There is an art to navigating a group, and it’s something we learn through practice. We’ve become more aware of this in recent weeks as we’ve listened to our high school-age daughter discuss several collaborative learning projects. The process has been frustrating for her as she has tried to find a balance between control freak […]

In a political season, students do the research, ask the questions, and hit the campaign trail!

In a political season, students do the research, ask the questions, and hit the campaign trail!

November 2, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Election Day may be Tuesday, Nov. 6, but students across the country have already started heading to the polls in mock elections after a season of learning about how presidential elections work. Several online outlets, including the National Mock Election for Students and “Every Kid Votes” provide election resources for students and teachers and an […]

Storm stirs up questions, ideas

November 2, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

As “super storm” Sandy approached on Monday, we prepared as much as we felt was necessary. We didn’t anticipate that our area in upstate New York would be hard-hit. Some rain, lots of wind. Perhaps we’d lose power for a while. Our children didn’t appear particularly affected by the impending storm. Our two teenagers mulled […]

Fall into reading during National Family Literacy Month

November 2, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary | with 0 Comments

Whether it’s reading aloud to your child, taking a trip together to the library or being a reading role model, celebrate National Family Literacy Month this November by helping to foster your child’s love of the written word. Parents who read to their children every day and talk about what they are reading together promote […]

How to have a successful parent-teacher conference

November 2, 2012 | Posted in: Elementary | with 0 Comments

There was a brief period in elementary school when our oldest daughter struggled with going to school, but we couldn’t figure out why. She wouldn’t give us a reason, but she told us in no uncertain terms that she absolutely hated school – to the point of tears. At a loss, I emailed her teacher. […]