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Tips for Helping with Homework

School is out for the day, you’re able to leave work on time and dinner is all planned and ready to go. The kids are streaming in, and everything seems to be going perfectly. So what is missing here? Homework!

The Misunderstood Child: Sensory Processing 101

Sensory processing is a term that refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. (SPDFoundation.net) “Everyone processes sensory input, but some people process it differently than others,” Carrie Grosdidier, occupational therapist from Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County, says. “When the processing of this information interferes with our ability to function on a day-to-day basis, we have a problem.”

Classroom Volunteers 101

I’ll admit it. I am just not crafty. I look at a paper plate and I see a paper plate. Not an alien or a raccoon mask or a ladybug with the addition of paint and a few pipe cleaners. I rarely go on Pinterest, nor am I trained in any aspect of child development or early education. I’m not even particularly organized. Yet, here I am, somehow into my fifth year of room-parenting. As a teacher at our school put it, sometimes all they need is “a warm body.” I can do that!

Your Child’s Learning Style: What It Is and Why It Is Important

Do you know your child’s preferred learning style? Does your daughter tend to memorize information after simply reading it? Does your son enjoy building detailed Lego kits? These behaviors are often indicators of learning preferences. Identifying a child’s learning style is important to ensuring the best chance for academic success.

Fire Up a Reluctant Reader

School is in full swing, and with school comes reading. For some kids, reading is a fun, new skill that opens up more opportunities. For others, reading is hard work. If reading doesn’t come easily, it’s hard to be motivated to keep trying.

How to Make the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences

Whether it’s your first parent-teacher conference or the 20th, you probably get sweaty palms upon entering the classroom at your assigned time. After all, you’re on the teacher’s turf and about to hear news about your own flesh and blood’s progress or lack thereof.

Getting Kids to Care About Current Events

The world around us is changing, every second, every minute, every hour and every day. It’s important for us as leaders of our households to stay in the know and inspire our children to do the same. However, it’s a little more difficult for us to intrigue our little ones. After all, our children are more interested in basketball, cheerleading or even that new SpongeBob episode.

Smart Start: Nine Tips from Teachers to Kick Off the School Year Right

School bells soon will ring once again. Whether that comes as music to your ears or a bittersweet reminder that free-spirited summer days are over, check out these tips from the pros to help you and your child enjoy a smart, happy start to school.

Don’t Break the Bank on Back to School

You anticipate extra expenses such as registration and enrollment fees this time of year, but there are several other costs that should be on your radar. Parents also need to consider the cost of school supplies, electronics, uniforms and gear, parent-teacher organization dues and technology fees. Here are some tips to help you plan ahead:

Secrets of “A” Students

Are super-achieving students born or made? Research overwhelmingly confirms that the common denominator between gifted students is found within their habits, not their DNA.
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