Every parent’s hopes are high as the end of summer approaches and we all start to get our kids ready for school. We imagine them having the greatest year yet – making new friends, having a good teacher, and enjoying every minute of their day. But as the year starts, we realize quickly that school is not very fun for our children. From the moment they walk into kindergarten they are expected to sit down for extended periods of time, eat and go to the restroom at only prescribed times of the day, and have little to no active movement throughout their day. They are sent home with hours of homework, having little to no downtime between school, family responsibilities, and extracurricular activities. No matter if your child is 5 or 15, traditional school curriculums are not made for their bodies or their minds. It has been like this for decades, getting progressively worse as the years go on. But who is going to change that?
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I’ve been mentally preparing myself for this day for years. My oldest child is finally old enough to go to kindergarten.
With so many schooling options in our area, choosing where to send my daughter to school hasn’t been simple. However, I’ve ultimately decided to send my daughter to a public charter school. With that decision, I’m heading into this school year with a much more organized and uniformed approach than I’ve used over the past five years. However, I think it’s safe to say that we are both super excited to see where this year will take us.
It’s just around that time of year again. School buses will soon be showing up to cart your precious cargo away for yet another year of learning. While so much learning and development happens in school, during the days it is equally as important to remember, especially as your children get older the importance of the individual learning they are responsible for at home. From take-home tests and worksheets to reading assignments and research papers, children from a young age often come home with plenty to do. This school season consider the benefits of creating a small and special workspace just for them! It is just one of many ways to help them thrive.
You know your child is having trouble saying the “s” sound. They might even be getting therapy at school or through a clinic.
Speech therapists love it when parents practice at home. It will increase your child’s progress so much, by helping in two ways. The first is carryover. Your speech therapist might have your kiddo saying “s” perfectly in the session – but only YOU can help them carry it over in the home. And that’s what you and the therapist want – to see progress with that sound in every area of your child’s life. The second is muscle memory. Your child has probably been saying the sound wrong long enough that their muscles want to say it that way automatically even if they have learned the correct way to say it.
But how do you help? Here are three easy activities to help practice that tricky “s”. Your kiddo might not even know that they’re working!
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.
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.
Teachers don’t always get the opportunity to tell parents how they can work together to make children more successful in the classroom and beyond. At least not, perhaps, the things that teachers really want parents to know, but aren’t allowed to say. We asked some current and veteran teachers to share with us the top things they wish all parents knew (in no particular order) to both support the teacher and their child’s ability to get the most out of their education.
Wrangling your kids to sit down and do their homework after school can be tough. After spending several hours at their desks in school, asking them to sit down at home for another hour or two just seems cruel. Fortunately, there are ways that you can schedule homework time that will help your kids be productive and minimize their protests. Interestingly enough, setting your kids up for success depends greatly on parent attitudes and behaviors. Read on for our tips on how to help your kids have time at home for both play and work.
Depending on where you live, back to school time may already upon you or, perhaps, just around the corner. Back to school means new clothes, school supplies, a stricter schedule and homework– sometimes lots of it. Homework is an essential element to school success because it helps to reinforce the concepts that have been taught in class. It also helps to strengthen that home-to-school connection, allowing parents to be aware of concepts that their children have been working on and shows them how well their kids understand these concepts. Certain topics, especially in the primary grades, can be lost on kids if they are not practicing them over time. Homework is one opportunity for this to happen so creating the best environment for your child to do their homework in is essential.
One thing that kids will never ask for but definitely need is structure. Structure can come in many forms, but what it means with regard to not only getting your kids to complete their homework but to–gasp!–get excited about their homework is to establish a set of basic expectations or a routine. Structure helps children to not only feel safe and secure, but to also feel happy. And when your kids are happy–YOU are happy. Having happy kids also means that motivating them to do their homework becomes less of a chore and possibly even exciting.
One of the most common reasons people upgrade to a DSLR is because they want to capture their high speed children with a faster shutter speed than their smartphone or point and shoot camera is capable of. However, simply owning a DSLR does not make for a better photo unless you know how to use it.
Great light, thoughtful composition and an understanding of aperture are the most important aspects of achieving beautiful photography. If you’ve found yourself drooling over photographs you see on Facebook that seem to turn your friends’ children into models cast against dreamy backgrounds, then pay attention. Those photos are created and controlled by your camera’s aperture.
We’re starting here because aperture can be one of the most complicated and frustrating parts of getting to know your camera. That said, once you understand the power of aperture and how to utilize it, everything else will fall into place.
Ah, homework. It’s the bridge between home and school. Homework is a tool teachers use to reinforce what students learned during the day and to double check if a child is able to demonstrate an understanding of the skills learned in a lesson. As important as it is as an extension of the classroom, after a day of learning, playing and activity, it may be difficult to encourage your child to sit down and focus. How can you become the master of motivation? Do your homework, Mom!