8 Ways to Deal with a Bad Grade

11/12/2014 | Leave a Comment

Your third-grader brings home a reading test for you to sign, and your heart sinks when you see the red F at the top of the paper, and “how did you study for this test?” underlined with big, bold letters. Your child is crushed as he shows you the paper. Your first thought is to reassure him and then ask: What’s going on here?  Is the work really too hard? Does he need extra help? How will this affect his confidence? … Continue reading

Parent Teacher Conference Day Questions

10/12/2013 | Leave a Comment

Ready, Set, Go…..you have 20 minutes of undivided attention from your child’s teacher to discuss  academic progress.  After the teacher has shared your child’s work and  assessments,  use this list of questions to  find out even more about your child’s school experience:  Is my child is working to the best of his abilities?  This question allows the teacher to share what she sees in the classroom.  You may observe something completely different at home.  My middle son was described by his … Continue reading

Twas The First Day of School

08/26/2013 | Leave a Comment

Twas the morning of the first day of school, when all through the halls not a creature was stirring not even the baseballs. The chairs were snug by each desk with care, in hopes that the school buses soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of homework danced in their heads; And the teachers were smiling and laughing with thoughts of sweet faces on their way, when the children had suddenly just … Continue reading

Tools to create!

07/08/2013 | Leave a Comment

I am the first to admit that I love the hot weather and the summer time, but  all the sun and fun can become brutal even for a sun worshiper like me!   As the temperature rises, the kids tend to spend more time inside and boy do they get bored quick!  Sometimes I wonder why I even have toys at my house because what keeps my kids entertained more than anything else are the ‘creation’ boxes in my teacher … Continue reading

Summer Read Aloud Facts for ALL Ages

06/06/2013 | Leave a Comment

Summer vacation is in full swing at my house.  This morning as I was heading to work and the kids were headed to camp and the pool, I gave the “talk.”  You know the one about how each day this summer we are going to read for 30 minutes, do three journal entries a week and work on math facts.  (This is the same talk that goes in one ear and out the other as they are planning their daily … Continue reading

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