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Ideas for stronger dinner conversations with your kids

Ideas for stronger dinner conversations with your kids

December 6, 2017 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

You just worked a full day, rushed home to make dinner, sit down to eat with your family and open with this showstopper: “How was school today?” A popular answer to this question is, “K,” or perhaps you’re familiar with: “It was fine,” or “Good.” Or even worse, an answer doesn’t come. Just your child, […]

Science says later school start times could be the answer to the tired teen

Science says later school start times could be the answer to the tired teen

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

Sometimes teens get a bad rap when they want to sleep the day away after staying up all night. But it turns out, according to science, your “lazy” teen might just be tired. “When we’re newborns, we need a lot of sleep, as much as 17 hours, in chunks spread throughout the day. But as […]

Are today’s teenagers less prepared for adulthood than previous generations?

Are today’s teenagers less prepared for adulthood than previous generations?

November 7, 2017 | Posted in: High School, Middle Years

Pick the apples off the ground. Put them in the basket. Pick the apples off the ground. Put them in the basket. This was my first job. All…day…long. As a 13-year-old, a friend and I worked in a Saratoga County, N.Y. orchard picking “drops” in the fall. The farm for which I worked used the […]

Mindfulness: A teaching tool for inside and outside the classroom

Mindfulness: A teaching tool for inside and outside the classroom

October 27, 2017 | Posted in: Uncategorized

It was late morning and the students in Anne Killian-Russo’s fifth-grade class were in good spirits. You could feel the energy in the air as the mid-day breaks for lunch and recess approached. But it was not quite time for that yet. Killian-Russo reached for a Tibetan singing bowl, sent out a soothing tone and […]

Teachable moments: Empathy in action in times of tragedy

Teachable moments: Empathy in action in times of tragedy

October 6, 2017 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”  Perhaps the most famous quote from everyone’s favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers, came from a lesson from his mother, detailing empathy in action. Our […]

Making friends: It’s not always easy

Making friends: It’s not always easy

September 7, 2017 | Posted in: Elementary, Middle Years

It’s a new school year–hooray! A new school year often goes hand-in-hand with brand-new backpacks filled with fresh school supplies, new teachers, and learning new things. But it can also mean making new friends. This is especially true for children who are going to school for the first time, are new to a school district, […]

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 […]

Parents can help now ease the transition to kindergarten

Parents can help now ease the transition to kindergarten

August 11, 2017 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary

I quickly learned that little fingers have a tough time manipulating buttons – after I bought several pairs of jeans for my son who was entering kindergarten. Every day that he wore jeans to school, he came home with unbuttoned pants. His teacher sometimes buttoned them for him, but most days he didn’t ask for […]

Dog days: School therapy dog programs promote social and academic skill sets

Dog days: School therapy dog programs promote social and academic skill sets

July 21, 2017 | Posted in: Elementary

A few days after my family recently welcomed a puppy, I watched as my 7-year-old son held the fuzzy bundle on his lap and read one of his favorite books out loud to the dog. He pointed out things for the dog to look at in the illustrations and talked to the dog about what […]