Are you Room Mom material or more of a book fair coordinator? Maybe you just want to show up for an hour once in a while. Volunteering at your child’s school can seem overwhelming and inconvenient when you’re not in the right spot. If you’re not sure how best to serve, consider your personality first. Given the right role for your traits and talents, pitching in can be painless, and even fun! Use these broad personality types to help you decide where and how to plug in.
As summer comes to a close, our focus returns to education and school. Families often reflect upon last year and make resolutions on how to make the upcoming school year more successful… Where to start? Meet with each sibling to discuss the next school year, focusing on the evolution of responsibilities and expectations. Key topics to discuss are: bedtime/morning routines and homework.
Homework strikes fear in the hearts of many parents. You may not remember facts you learned in school, like the difference between a simile and a metaphor. Some things you learned are obsolete now: Pluto is no longer considered a planet. It was demoted in 2006. Here’s the good news: When it comes to homework help, asking the right questions is more important than knowing all the answers. Use these smart prompts to direct your child’s work and teach important learning-management skills.
Hello Summer… Good bye school! Summer is here and we sometimes think that these lazy, hazy months should be all play and no work. However, teachers, parents and researchers know that children lose academic skills over the summer. Commonly referred to as the “summer slide,” this decline in academic skills over summer break is a common occurrence and can be combated through strategically incorporating some engaging activities that focus on the three ‘R’s,’ reading, writing and arithmetic in July and August. Giving your children that much-needed break from structured academic learning is important, so creating opportunities for them to use their academic skills in fun summer activities is essential.
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