Many children will have their first introduction to classic literature in high school — with Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Dickens, etc. But there is no reason to delay the reading of classic books until high school! When children are acquainted with the story lines and themes of these great books early, it makes tackling the original much less intimidating.
If you have small children, you have probably already noticed their propensity for asking “Why?” While the barrage of these “why”s can be exhausting some days, you understand that you are pouring information into little sponges who are anxious to learn about the world around them. But what about elementary age children? Or middle school? Or high school? How are these bigger kids learning?
As a parent of school aged children, you are well aware that every year school’s run short on funds and have to raise money for things needed to educate your children. We hope you are involved in your child’s school. If you are not, consider getting involved with raising money for the school. Here are 5 Ways to Raise Money for Your Kid’s School to help get you started.
For some children, math comes easily. For others, it is a bit more of a struggle. Why? Why do some children just “get it” when their teacher explains a new concept and others don’t? The trouble may lie in that word: concept. Children who are able to conceptualize new ideas quickly will naturally do better than those that don’t.
In preschool through elementary age, an easy way to bridge this conceptualizing gap is through the use of manipulatives—something concrete or tactile to hang ideas on before moving on to the pictoral representations or abstract concepts in the math book and worksheets. These 5 hands-on helpers can help your child bridge that gap.
Back-to-school shopping can be fun and exciting: cool gear, the latest back-to-school fashions, and blank notebooks just waiting to be filled with the year’s work. On the other hand, sometimes back-to-school shopping is the exact opposite of fun and exciting: long lists of needed supplies, driving all over town to find all of the needed supplies, and waiting in long lines with other equally tired and frustrated parents. Instead of the mental anguish that often accompanies back-to-school shopping, make sure you’re at the head of the class with these smart shopping helps.
Do you have a daughter or granddaughter that just flew the nest away to college? If you don’t have kids that age yet, perhaps you are looking for a unique gift idea for your faithful babysitter as she leaves for college, or know someone overseas with the military. Regardless of the exact situation, care packages are a simple way to tell someone that you are thinking about them when you are apart. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite brands to feature in our college girl care package must have roundup for this fall.
The lazy days of summer are behind us. Looking ahead, a full schedule looms: school, sports, work, music lessons, homework, performances, field trips, school volunteering, holidays, etc. Maybe dinner (and meals in general) have gotten a bit lax during the summer—no one wanted to leave the pool, or do any work after such a relaxing afternoon—so dinner was take-out… again.
But with all these upcoming activities on top of schoolwork, you know you want to fuel your kids with healthier food, which usually means cooking more meals at home.
Don’t be afraid, though! Just follow these simple steps for Back-to-School meal planning, and you’ll be set.
When it comes to back to school, parents are probably the most excited: let’s be honest, we’re in dire need of some time to ourselves by the end of summer and somewhat of a normal routine. When the time comes though, we place a lot of trust and faith in our schools and teachers each year, and often don’t realize how much of an impact we as parents have on our child’s learning, or just how many opportunities we have to become involved in our child’s learning. The truth is, parent involvement has more of an impact on the overall child’s well-being than that of the teacher they see every day. Here’s why and how.
Improved problem solving, memory, creativity and critical thinking. Better social and communication skills. An increased appreciation for other cultures. The ability to learn additional languages later in life.
You may be aware of these and many more benefits of being raised bilingually. You may have experienced these benefits firsthand because you are multilingual yourself; and now you want to make sure to pass on multilingualism to your child. Or maybe you are monolingual but are interested in exposing your child to a second language. But where do you even begin?
Every year parents face the tasks involved with the start of school. Kids need to be registered. You have to prepare your family to get out of summer mode and back into the school schedule. And then there is the shopping; new clothes, new backpacks, and school supplies. It can really add up and take a toll on your bank account. Parents report spending anywhere from $100 to $1,000 in one year on items requested by schools to aid the education of their children. According to the National Retail Federation, total spending on back to school and college will reach $68 billion dollars in 2015. The high price tag of back to school seems to be getting higher, and more and more parents are getting frustrated.
Back to school shopping wouldn’t be complete without filling your children’s closets with some new outfits to start off the year. Are you sick of walking the malls and department stores only to be disappointed in the endless racks that you have to sort through to find what you want? Peruse our clothing guide and shop online for vibrant, unique clothing to kick off this school year. The best part? You don’t need to leave the comfort of your couch.
It’s the first day of school! Your social media feeds are bursting with pictures of cute preschoolers, and sweet elementary students (and perhaps some reluctant middle and high school children) all dressed in brand-spanking-new clothes. You can see the excitement in their eyes as they pose on the front porch or at the bus stop.
Your children? They probably haven’t even left the house yet, and there’s a good chance they are still in their pajamas. For whatever reason, you’ve opted out of “traditional” schooling. In fact, because you can set your own schedule, everyone else’s first day of school may not even be yours! You may not start until after Labor Day, or maybe you’ve already started. Whatever the case may be, don’t let the blues creep in over the deluge of photos that you aren’t necessarily a part of. Take advantage of your situation and make the most of everyone else’s first day of school with these ideas.
It is hard to believe that we are already closing in on the end of summer and back to school season is officially in full swing. Every time you go to the store you are overwhelmed with school related signage and pencils, papers and notebooks. We have gathered up a unique look at some back to school essentials that go beyond what you typically think about when back to school shopping.
Lunch is an essential part of the school day. A nutritious lunch can give your children the energy they need to stay focused, pay attention in class, and better learn the information presented to them. In order to ensure that you are dually prepared for lunchtime this year we have gathered up some great lunchbags, boxes and accessories to ensure that they will be ready for lunch in style! From eco-friendly to really convenient options-there is something for everyone.
If you hear the words arts and crafts, and shudder, you aren’t alone. Many a mother cowers in horror when imagining letting their little darlings loose with glue, construction paper, markers, popsicle sticks, scissors, and (gasp) glitter. Well, we’re here to ease your fears. Although craft time can be a bit messy, it is extremely beneficial for your child’s brain; especially for their cognitive development. Curious as to how covering themselves in paste helps your child learn? Read on.
First off, we need to mention Richard Rende, Ph.D. Haven’t heard of him? He is a developmental psychologist whose main area of study is the link between parenting practices, family interaction, and emotional behavioral development. According to Rende, children benefit greatly from arts and crafts time especially when it is with their parents.
Today we’ll look at just some of the benefits of encouraging cognitive development through arts and crafts.