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You Are Your Child’s First Teacher

You Are Your Child’s First Teacher

Ready or not, you have one of the most important roles in your child’s education. You are her first teacher. Learning begins in the womb to a certain extent, but within days of birth, your child is alert and ready ... - test

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Working with Your Child’s Teacher

Working with Your Child’s Teacher

Parents should be involved in their child’s education, but it can be challenging to know where to begin and what sort of involvement is best. As every child and every relationship is different, there is no standard answer to this, ... - test

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Why the ABCs Aren’t Enough

Why the ABCs Aren’t Enough

Every parent wants her child to learn the alphabet. The cute song that we learned all those years ago is still very effective today to introduce the letters of the alphabet and help your child memorize them. But once the ... - test

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Why Parents and Teachers Should Work Together

Why Parents and Teachers Should Work Together

In the communities of old, teachers were in the churches and shopping centers students would frequent. You might see a teacher walking down the street as easily as you would in the classroom. Today, communities are a bit more distant ... - test

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When Your Child Struggles in Schools

When Your Child Struggles in Schools

No parent wants to hear that his child is struggling in the classroom, but when you do receive a message from your child’s school or teacher, it’s important to take the issue seriously right away. There are many implications of ... - test

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When You Should Call the School

When You Should Call the School

Every parent dreads a phone call or email from a child’s teacher. Too often the only time we hear from a teacher is when there is a problem. While some teachers are excellent about reaching out to praise children, most ... - test

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Understanding Education Today

Understanding Education Today

If you’ve scanned headlines or listened to experts on education discuss the modern school system and what it takes to succeed, you already know that schools today are different than the ones we remember in our past. To be successful ... - test

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The Powerful Micro Lesson

The Powerful Micro Lesson

Often, the most powerful lesson of all in education are those that less than five minutes to teach. The micro lesson is tiny in comparison to what happens in the classroom every day, but can be very beneficial to your ... - test

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Three Things Your Child Should Do Before Leaving Primary School

Three Things Your Child Should Do Before Leaving Primary School

Three Things Your Child Should Do Before Leaving Primary School So much of what your child will learn is settled in the primary years, long before she’s even in a class with an expert professor or specific instructor. The experiences ... - test

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The First Day of School

The First Day of School

The first day of school is fun and somewhat traumatic for parents and children. If your child has attended daycare for years up to the first day or preschool or kindergarten, the transition will likely be much smoother than the ... - test

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The Bad Report Card

The Bad Report Card

When your child brings home a bad report, there is an immediate reaction to punish or threaten the child. This reaction isn’t off base, but a bad report card should be dealt with more systematically than emotionally. The Emotional Response ... - test

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Teaching Your Infant Sign Language

Teaching Your Infant Sign Language

It’s likely you’ve seen programs and parenting books touting the virtues of baby sign language. It’s also very likely that you’ve been skeptical of teaching a baby sign language. What’s the point? There is actually a very good point to ... - test

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Taking a Break from Traditional Teaching

Taking a Break from Traditional Teaching

There are breaks throughout the year in order for teachers and students to rest and spend time with family before moving on into new subjects and studies. Using these opportunities for rest is a terrific idea, but an even better ... - test

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Routines and Education

Routines and Education

Helping your child into a routine can make her education go much more smoothly – not just in the school years, but in her early years as well. Finding a solid routine for the family helps in many ways, and ... - test

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Learning to Learn

Learning to Learn

One of the most important lessons of preschool isn’t the alphabet or skip counting. It’s the fundamental lessons that prepare your child for the upcoming years of formal education. Preschool teachers children to learn and you can practice the same ... - test

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Learning Online

Learning Online

In the world of media, playing games and watching videos on the internet is much more effective than watching television. If your preschooler is begging for Mickey Mouse, but you are concerned about allowing her too much television, opt for ... - test

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Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

There is a new area of concern among parents, especially boys, as to whether or not their children are ready to tackle kindergarten. When you think of the earliest grade, you might remember crafts, recess and rest time with a ... - test

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Learning All the Time

Learning All the Time

In our rushed world, we seem to miss so many opportunities to enrich both our lives and those of our children. If you zoom past sights to see on your way from one place to another, your child will never ... - test

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Learning from Television

Learning from Television

Wit the huge number of children’s shows now available, it would seem learning from television is easier than ever. In fact, this is true, but learning from television is not a byproduct – it is a conscious act that requires ... - test

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How to Use Flashcards

How to Use Flashcards

One of the most common products you see in the early childhood education sections are boxes of flashcards. Thinking back to your own education you remember drilling with cards and that is certainly one use of them, but for younger ... - test

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How Intelligent is Your Child?

How Intelligent is Your Child?

Every parent wants his child to be gifted. Unfortunately, by educational standards only 2-5% of all children are accepted into gifted programs. What many parents fail to understand, however, is that the standard educational gifted program tests only one or ... - test

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Helping Your Child With Homework

Helping Your Child With Homework

In the beginning homework your child brings home can be tedious, but it is easily done. Spending an hour assembling posters or putting special items in a bag might not be your idea of a fun way to spend the ... - test

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Homework Best Practices

Homework Best Practices

Homework – it doesn’t get any better with time. You hated it and your child still hates it today. That doesn’t mean it should be the bane of your evenings, however. Managing homework can be tedious at times, but it ... - test

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Hard Workers and Problem Solvers

Hard Workers and Problem Solvers

You would be hard-pressed to find a teacher who didn’t love a hard working student. These students take the task at hand and work to complete the goal. Hand them a worksheet and they strive to complete it correctly. Present ... - test

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Going Back to School

Going Back to School

Many parents want to go back to school in order to learn a new skill and raise their income level. But going back to school is especially challenging when you’re a single parent. There are issues of childcare, not to ... - test

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Gifted Children

Gifted Children

Every parent would like to have a gifted child, and many more have one than realize it in most cases. There are many kinds of giftedness, and schools tend to test children for only a handful of exceptional abilities when ... - test

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Girls and Technology

Girls and Technology

It’s horribly stereotypical, but it seems that even with urging girls simply don’t like math and science. That’s certainly the case if you look at some of the statistics for graduation rates and successful female professionals in technical fields. If ... - test

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Encourage Your Child to Do Their Homework

Encourage Your Child to Do Their Homework

Sometimes we all need a bit of encouragement to do our work, but children especially have a hard time finding motivation to complete their home studies and home work. It justifiably hard to get motivated to write an essay or ... - test

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Early Science Education

Early Science Education

Many parents enjoy watching their children learn to count or say their ABCs, but simply don’t think of the many other areas of education they could be focusing on. Opportunities for your child to learn about and explore science are ... - test

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Creating a Smart Baby

Creating a Smart Baby

In our desire to have intelligent children, we often overlook the practices that create a solid basis for learning in favor of a new gizmo or computer program. Parents who want the best for their children should encourage learning and ... - test

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Building Schema

Building Schema

Schema is a word tossed around quite a bit in education circles, but it might not hold great meaning for many parents. However, parents have the most to do with building their child’s schema, and the more prior knowledge a ... - test

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Creating a Broad Education

Creating a Broad Education

Education is a huge topic today and more increasingly it seems, certain aspects of education fall to the parents of a child rather than the formal educators. Children are being well prepared for standardized tests in core subjects, but to ... - test

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10 Tips for Standardized Tests

10 Tips for Standardized Tests

The typical child is now taking an extreme number of standardized tests in the course of his schooling. Preparing for these tests has become a tremendous focus for teachers and administrators in your child’s school and much of that stress ... - test

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10 Easy Ways to Build Vocabulary

10 Easy Ways to Build Vocabulary

Do you want to build your child’s vocabulary? Many parents don’t realize how important it is to develop a child’s vocabulary during his youngest years, but studies have repeatedly shown that vocabulary is one of the most critical factors for ... - test

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5 Ways to Use Food in Learning

5 Ways to Use Food in Learning

If there was ever a way to learn, it’s through multiple uses of our senses. Using food, an item that is around us every day, your child will be able to see, touch and even taste his lessons making them ... - test

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Make the Most of After-School Hours

Make the Most of After-School Hours

School aged children often have a few hours of flex time between the end of school and the time you arrive home from work. There are many ways children can fill this time and as a parent, you should discuss ... - test

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When You Disagree With the School

When You Disagree With the School

It’s very possible to disagree with your child’s school. It could be that your child is said to be a behavior problem or that he isn’t capable of working at the school’s expected standards of learning. But when the school ... - test

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Five Tips for Success in the Classroom

Five Tips for Success in the Classroom

You want your child to be successful in the classroom, but do you know the little tricks that teachers and other parents know to help their child along? You might not like them, but these tips and tricks are often ... - test

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Ten Things About Holding Your Child Back

Ten Things About Holding Your Child Back

A common practice in the US, holding children back from primary is finding ground in the UK as an acceptable practice and is becoming more common among UK families. The practice originated to give children extra time to prepare for ... - test

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10 Things to Do Before Your Children Head Back to School

10 Things to Do Before Your Children Head Back to School

Getting ready for a new school year can be a bit expensive and it most certainly requires your attention. Planning ahead over the summer holiday can help to cut the expense and the stress of the preparations. 1. Get the ... - test

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10 Ways to Help Your Child in School

10 Ways to Help Your Child in School

Every child needs a helping hand in school, and parents are always searching for ways to help. If your child is in school, there are easy ways to help her with projects, homework and the general problems and items that ... - test

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Why Homework Matters

Why Homework Matters

There is often discussion among parents regarding the sheer volume of homework that comes home with children. Why does a primary student have hours of homework and no time for recess when a generation ago we barely had to read ... - test

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Ten Great Homework Incentives

Ten Great Homework Incentives

If your child struggles to complete homework assignments on time, it might be that you need to provide a bit of incentive to get him back on track. An incentive can be something simple, but the goal of all incentives ... - test

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Teaching Your Child to Be Responsible for Homework

Teaching Your Child to Be Responsible for Homework

No matter the age of your child, homework is his responsibility. That’s not to say that you should hand off all assignments and responsibility off on a six-year-old, but helping your child learn responsibility for the homework starts young, and ... - test

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Helping Older Children with Homework

Helping Older Children with Homework

Many parents feel a bit of anxiety when their older child presents them with a question on homework. After all, it’s common knowledge that children today learn for more complicated versions of math and even science. If you don’t have ... - test

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10 Things That Make Homework Easier

10 Things That Make Homework Easier

Homework is rarely fun, but sometimes you luck into a terrific project that becomes truly inspirational. For the rest of the assignments you and your child will struggle through this year, think of ways to make it as simple as ... - test

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5 Ways to Help Your Child Complete More Homework

5 Ways to Help Your Child Complete More Homework

Many children struggle with homework, and parents are just as frustrated by the lengthy assignment and complexity of the problems. Monotonous and overwhelming assignments combined with a parent’s overburdened schedule often means that homework slips through the cracks and doesn’t ... - test

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Five Ways to Take Less Time on Homework

Five Ways to Take Less Time on Homework

Homework is a challenge to both parent and child alike. Children struggle to complete assignments well and parents struggle to help their children and to fit hours of homework into the daily schedule. In some cases, hours of homework are ... - test