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School resource officers serve as educators and trusted adults

School resource officers serve as educators and trusted adults

August 27, 2018 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School

A few years ago during a grocery shopping trip, one of my sons pulled me aside to tell me he had just seen Officer Andrew. His tone was hushed with a hint of awe, one that was typically reserved for the 1,000-piece Lego sets in Target. My son was eight at the time and I […]

New York day trips: Fun paths to educational adventures

New York day trips: Fun paths to educational adventures

July 24, 2018 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Vacations can be hard work. It seems like you spend days making lists; packing the car; rounding up kids; battening down your home; and inevitably forgetting something. Last year, we went to Cape Cod with another couple and their grandchildren. We had a lot of fun. But it wasn’t always relaxing. Kids get cranky whether […]

Kindergarten preparedness: What to expect and how to get ready

Kindergarten preparedness: What to expect and how to get ready

March 14, 2018 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary

Will your little one be five years old on or before Dec. 5, 2018? If you answered yes, then chances are pretty good that you have already begun the process with your school district to get him or her signed up for kindergarten next year. Congratulations! That’s exciting for both of you…and, yes, it can […]

4 apps to help your child learn a new language

4 apps to help your child learn a new language

January 31, 2018 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, Middle Years

When my mother was a little girl, she lived a poor, challenging life in Puerto Rico. But when she turned 7, my grandmother – who I call Ita – packed up their few belongings, and moved my mother and her sister to New York. They had no money and they didn’t speak English. Children of […]

How introducing your kids to art can ignite a passion for learning

How introducing your kids to art can ignite a passion for learning

January 30, 2018 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary

When young children swipe their paintbrush up and down a blank piece of paper or canvas, scribble with crayons or markers, and cut and paste with scissors and glue, they are doing much more than creating their next masterpiece. Their brains are growing and their senses are sending messages to the brain about how things […]

The wild that was parenting in 2017 – and what lies ahead

The wild that was parenting in 2017 – and what lies ahead

If the year 2017 was an actual person, I envision he or she would have a fidget spinner in one hand, a smart phone in another while driving a car with his or her knees. It was a wild year for parents and at times even a little scary. But there were also some lighthearted […]

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, […]

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 […]

Jump out of the rut; learn how to pack nutritious and fun school lunches

Jump out of the rut; learn how to pack nutritious and fun school lunches

October 3, 2017 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, Middle Years

Well, it happened already. My daughter came home from school, handed back her full lunchbox, and with pleading eyes said: “Please, Mom, no more ham and cheese sandwiches. Please.” We are only just beginning the second month of school and I’ve hit a lunch packing dead end. How is that even possible? After chatting with […]

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 […]