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Ways to help children with special needs get a great start to the school year

Ways to help children with special needs get a great start to the school year

August 30, 2017 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

The start of the new school year can be an anxious time for children, who see their daily routines change overnight. But what is the start of a new school year like for students who might have ADHD, be on the autism spectrum, suffer from anxiety or have other concerns that impact learning? It can […]

Sick of spinners? Fidgety kids have other options at school, home

Sick of spinners? Fidgety kids have other options at school, home

August 29, 2017 | Posted in: Elementary, High School, Middle Years

They’re in your gas stations. They’ve been in your children’s schools. They’re probably in your homes. Fidget spinners: the triangular device designed to freely rotate between your thumb and pointer finger aimed at helping fidgety kids focus. And even though they come in array of colors and sizes – some even bedazzled or featuring your […]

How to watch the total solar eclipse with your kids

How to watch the total solar eclipse with your kids

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible from coast to coast in the United States for the first time in almost 40 years. The event is being referred to as “The Great American Total Solar Eclipse,” and will start in Salem, Oregon and stretch all the way to […]

Why a community service mentality opens a world of possibilities for students

Why a community service mentality opens a world of possibilities for students

August 11, 2017 | Posted in: Elementary, High School, Middle Years

This week, my third child and soon-to-be high school senior received his application to the National Honor Society. My first thought? “Cool. It would be great to see him recognized in this way…” immediately followed by, “I hope he has fulfilled the community service requirement!” When this application arrived for my oldest child, I had […]

An organized student is a successful student

An organized student is a successful student

August 10, 2017 | Posted in: Elementary, High School, Middle Years

So long sweet summer. It’s almost as if overnight the back-to-school clothing sales have popped up and the school notifications, like class placements and supply lists, have made their way into homes. Even if you’re a parent who finds the laundry list of items needed for your child’s new school year tedious (they need how […]

Slip Slidin’ Away: Help your child avoid the dreaded summer slide

Slip Slidin’ Away: Help your child avoid the dreaded summer slide

July 6, 2017 | Posted in: Elementary, Middle Years

While the summer is meant to be a time for school-aged children to recharge their batteries before the start of a new school year, learning loss, sometimes referred to as “the summer slide”, can affect students when they’re not engaging in educational activities over the summer. According to a study by the National Education Association, […]

‘I’m bored!’ Why summer boredom can be a positive for kids

‘I’m bored!’ Why summer boredom can be a positive for kids

July 3, 2017 | Posted in: Elementary, High School, Middle Years

I saw something funny on Facebook the other day. It said, “Parents…tag, you’re it! From, Your Child’s Teachers.” Aside from holidays that involve time off, and birthdays, for school-aged children there’s not much on the excitement meter that rivals summer vacation. But for the parents scheduling the activities, camps or even just childcare to fill […]

Making the transition to middle school more manageable

Making the transition to middle school more manageable

June 14, 2017 | Posted in: Elementary, Middle Years

Middle School. A bigger building. New faces. A bell schedule?! Students of all ages go through transitions during their academic career. For children and parents alike, it can be overwhelming moving up to a new school. Being a “little fish in a big pond” can be intimidating, but according to researchers, of all the academic […]

Pets enrich classroom experience; provide opportunities for pro-social development

Pets enrich classroom experience; provide opportunities for pro-social development

May 24, 2017 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

When I was in elementary school, one of the teachers had an incubator with chicken eggs set up in her classroom. The whole school would buzz when the eggs hatched and the adorable, yellow, fuzzy chicks made their debut. Everyone wanted to be in that class since the students helped monitor and care for the […]

A history lesson on New York school budgets

A history lesson on New York school budgets

May 12, 2017 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

On summer days when I was my children’s age, I spent a lot of time outside in the yard of our rural New York home. It was not unusual for cars to drive by our house slowly. The driver or the passenger, who looked to be as old as my grandparents did then, would gesture […]