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Helping your elementary child adjust to homework

Helping your elementary child adjust to homework

November 22, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Number bonds. Tape diagrams. Counting up. I sometimes feel like my third-grade child is speaking a foreign language when he asks for help with his math homework. “Um, what does that mean?” I ask. He can’t always explain. “Didn’t you learn how to do this today in school?” I ask. He shrugs. Completing math homework-the […]

Nurturing the joy of learning

Nurturing the joy of learning

June 30, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

As parents, we want to instill in our children the joy of learning. Yet, we can make a mistake by allowing their world to be carved into “school” and anything “not school.” Artificial barriers that segregate “learning time” from other parts of our children’s lives can squelch their natural curiosity. Kids are born curious. They […]

Seven skills every child should master, and the value of testing to make sure they have

May 14, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

From the hundreds of thousands of parents who refused to have their children participate in standardized testing over the past two weeks in New York, it’s pretty clear that people have issues with testing. But that doesn’t mean we should get rid of standardized tests. According to most school leaders, these tests are part of […]

Online courses offer rigorous educational opportunities

January 12, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Technology is expanding educational opportunities and could, to some degree, level the playing field for college-bound students from lower-income school districts. New York State Education Department several years ago launched a statewide virtual learning initiative to support school districts that wanted to provide online and blended learning opportunities. As part of that effort, the state […]

Learning code introduces students to ‘new way of thinking’

November 12, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Students of all ages are acquiring a language that will serve them well in the future: They’re learning computer code. Educators say learning code exposes students to more than technical skills; they’re gaining critical thinking and problem solving skills that will serve them well in any future job. “Learning to program opens up a new […]

School days should still have room for fun and celebration

April 30, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

It used to be all we ever really needed to know we learned in kindergarten, at least according to author Robert Fulghum. His famous essay (entitled, “All I Ever Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”) outlines some of those lessons, such as “Live a balanced life; learn some and think some; and draw […]

What would you like to discuss today, baby?

February 24, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners | with 0 Comments

A new study suggests talking to babies and toddlers in full sentences is the best way to boost language development. The study, conducted by Stanford University Associate Professor Anne Fernald, showed that children whose parents talked to them, rather than at them, developed better language skills at a younger age. Children who were exposed to […]

Graduation: Focusing on the endgame

Graduation: Focusing on the endgame

January 14, 2014 | Posted in: High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

It’s a serious problem. Every year, nearly one-third of high school students across the nation will not graduate – that’s more than 1.2 million students a year. In New York State, the numbers are better, with 74 percent of students graduating. But those numbers aren’t nearly good enough, not for the children whose opportunities are […]

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 […]

Beyond Dodgeball: Gym classes teach more than how to throw a ball

March 27, 2012 | Posted in: Elementary | with 0 Comments

Ask any elementary school kid to name their favorite class and chances are they’ll say gym. Playing games for an hour with classmates can be a welcome reprieve a few times a week from the rigors of the classroom. And while it should go without saying there are physical benefits to gym class, important life […]