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Taking little steps toward independence

June 25, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

“Mom, you don’t have to sing tonight,” said my boy as I settled in beside him. “Oh, OK,” I replied hesitantly. Our nightly routine had given us time to connect at the end of a busy day, and I liked that. “Do you just want to get to sleep tonight?” “I mean, like, ever again,” […]

Seniors, stay focused for the final lap

May 23, 2014 | Posted in: High School

My senior daughter is more than ready to graduate. “Shouldn’t classes be winding down by now?” she asked, lamenting the two tests and project deadline she faces in the coming days. I reminded her that there is still nearly a month of school left, including finals and Regents for many students. It’s not likely there […]

Helping kids manage transition stress

November 13, 2013 | Posted in: High School, Middle Years

Change can be difficult for any of us. Sometimes it’s sudden and unexpected, such as an unexpected job loss or the death of a loved one. Other times, transitions can be expected, such as children starting school, changing schools or classes as they grow older, and eventually leaving home for a career or college. Every […]

School daze: Reclaim the routine

September 4, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Every August, we vow to be more organized for the start of school. The lazy days of summer have been fun for our kids, with plenty of opportunities to stay up late, sleep late and occasionally lounge around in pajamas all day. With the start of school, we realize a regular routine helps us all […]

First day of kindergarten is a big step for everyone

July 31, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary

Anticipation about starting kindergarten followed a similar path for all three of my children. They couldn’t wait to be “big kids,” and talk about how excited they were for “the big day” filled our summer. That is, until about a week before school started. “What if I don’t make friends?” “Will my teacher be nice?” […]

Leaving home is harder than it sounds (and it sounds pretty hard!)

July 13, 2012 | Posted in: High School, Middle Years

The months after high school graduation can hold big changes for young people. This is the second contribution by Capital Region BOCES Communications summer intern Ean Dunn, who shares insights from experience he’s gained as a college student. Growing up I went to summer camp and on extended school field trips, but nothing really prepared […]

7 must-have skills for tweens

December 19, 2011 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Middle school students learn to organize, prioritize and communicate less like small children and more like adults. That transition can be awkward, but with encouragement and practice, adolescents can learn personal skills that will pay big dividends throughout their lives. So, what personal skills do tweens need? A group of teachers, former teachers, and guidance […]

Spur middle school study skills

December 14, 2011 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Studies show that many children’s grades drop during the first year of middle school. It’s at this point that they can become less interested in studying and less self-assured about their abilities. But rigorous academic standards and tougher high school graduation requirements mean students need to be diligent with their studies throughout the middle school […]

Rising to the challenge of change

December 13, 2011 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

From the first trip on the big yellow school bus to the moving-up ceremony at the end of fifth grade, the elementary years are filled with lots of change. And while some children meet these new experiences with ease and eagerness, others have difficulty plunging into unfamiliar waters. During the elementary years, the transition from […]