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2. Communicate effectively. Design and print "Happy Grams" as an easy way for teachers to regularly report positive behavior and/or achievements to parents. Consider using color-coded lines or footprints on hallway walls or floors, to help direct parents to the office, library, or parent resource center. Include two-way communication mechanism, such as a question-and -answer section or mini survey, in each edition of your newsletter. Distribute calendars so parents can record upcoming events, assignments, and dates to check with teachers on their child's progress.
3. Support student success. Create a checklist and tip sheets for effective parent-teacher conferences. Invite teachers and professionals from the community to speak at meetings. Provide parents involvement tips and suggestions.
4. Speak up for every child. Match new families with a buddy family that knows the ropes. Plan workshops on how to ask the right questions about children's progress and placement. Involve parents in ongoing training on topics such as effective advocates, identifying and supporting learning styles, and fostering student achievement.
5. Share power. Working in partnership with principals and identifying ways the PTA/parent group can support one or more goals of the school improvement plan. Host a forum for candidates running for public office and focus on issues that affect children, families, and education. Get to know elected officials at all levels of government.
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Experts say tweens and teens need at least 8 to 9 hours of sleep a night, if not more. But only 20% of the 12 to 18 year old surveyed for a study published in Pediatrics reported sleeping 8 hours or more hours on school nights. What's keeping them up? Caffeinated energy drinks and too many electronic gadgets. Think phones, TVs, MP3 players, and computers, often all in the same room. What can you do? Christina Calamaro, Ph.D., the lead author of the study offers these tips:
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Every time your child brushes with the Sonicare for Kids, the power lasts a little longer until it hits 2 minutes. 4 years + $70, amazon.com
When Dr. Fresh's Spider-Man Light-Up Toothbrush stops flashing after 60 seconds, move on to the next row of teeth. 3 years + $3, target.com
The extra-long term of MAM's Training Brush lets you both grasp the handle. 6 months + $4, thesoftlanding.com
A another very important tip for parents is to teach your child to floss their teeth. It is as important as brushing the teeth.
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According to Bill Zimmerman, a prize-winning newspaper editior, comic strips, like their cousins graphic novels and comic books, are more accepted today by educators as tools for helping children master literacy. The funny silly, clever, and touching story lines in each short strip draw eager readers in. Just a few words per frame is all it takes for a comic strip's characters to reveal a complete story. They don't require long sentences or paragraphs to relate a captivating tale or a powerful message.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Teasing Vs. Bullying
Definition: Teasing Vs. Bullying
If your child tells you his/her classmates called him/her ugly, don't just jump in to assure them they are beautiful, says Mills. "As soon as you do that, you've let them become victimized." Instead, listen to what they say, and then help them come up with a plan to address it the next time it happens. If you want more information, don't ask your child directly if he's being teased. Instead a question that can be answered in the second or third person. How do kids joke around these days? Or, what is teasing kike for kids today?
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1. Establish a regular routine each night. This includes having children pack their backpacks the night before, to make sure they have everything they need for school the next day. "My number one thing my students tell me is, "My homework is done, but I left it sitting on the table," Nelson says. A simple evening routine can prevent this and prevent children from feeling rushed or disorganized in the morning.
2. Cut down on chaos and clutter at home. If your home life is disorganized, this can carry over into the classroom and make learning more difficult for the child. "When a child walks into my classroom, I can tell by the look on their face what kind of morning they had and what kind of day it will be," Nelson says.
3. Have an organized homework area. Simple things like paper, pencils, pens, rulers, crayons, and other materials in a designated area will help the child stay organized. A clean bedroom and home can help the child feel prepared and focused on the day ahead.
1. Community programs
3. Local library summer reading programs
4. Art museums may have classes
5. Sport camps
6. Local universities have programs for students
7. Summer camps with academic and physical activities included
8. Movies with friends, but make sure there are adults supervising.
9. Nature walks and hikes
10. Camping, fishing, and boating