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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 […]

How to watch the total solar eclipse with your kids

How to watch the total solar eclipse with your kids

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible from coast to coast in the United States for the first time in almost 40 years. The event is being referred to as “The Great American Total Solar Eclipse,” and will start in Salem, Oregon and stretch all the way to […]

Parents can help now ease the transition to kindergarten

Parents can help now ease the transition to kindergarten

August 11, 2017 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary

I quickly learned that little fingers have a tough time manipulating buttons – after I bought several pairs of jeans for my son who was entering kindergarten. Every day that he wore jeans to school, he came home with unbuttoned pants. His teacher sometimes buttoned them for him, but most days he didn’t ask for […]

Pets enrich classroom experience; provide opportunities for pro-social development

Pets enrich classroom experience; provide opportunities for pro-social development

May 24, 2017 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

When I was in elementary school, one of the teachers had an incubator with chicken eggs set up in her classroom. The whole school would buzz when the eggs hatched and the adorable, yellow, fuzzy chicks made their debut. Everyone wanted to be in that class since the students helped monitor and care for the […]