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Find Your 'A' Game During Report Card Time
It's that time of year again - report card time.You want your child to do well in school, so what do you do when your child's report card doesn't reflect his or her full potential?
Aug 2, 2007, 21:36
5 Tips for a Winning Parent-Teacher Relationship
Behind every successful public school student is a great public school teacher. And great teachers make great public schools. But teachers can't do it alone. The research is clear: Students perform better in school when their parents are actively involved in their education.
May 22, 2006, 21:54
Your School: Ready For A Renaissance?
A new system that lets teachers get immediate feedback and real-time accountability for all students in the classroom is getting high grades. The wireless response system was created by a provider of computerized assessment and progress-monitoring tools for pre-K-12 schools. It provides teachers with comprehensive real-time data in an easy-to-read graphical format so they can optimize their lessons and deliver individualized instruction.
Feb 26, 2006, 02:02
Air Quality in Schools Could Affect Student Performance
Are your children coming home from school feeling tired, suffering from headaches or consistently getting sick? As a parent, you should know these symptoms may be related to the quality of their school environment. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality is important for health, economic and legal reasons, and studies have shown that poor indoor air quality ranks among the top environmental risks to public health.
Sep 27, 2005, 22:37
Preparation is Key For Back To School
When kids go back to school, parents are often challenged to squeeze school activities into an already busy day. Developing a plan can help. Here are a few simple tips:
Aug 21, 2005, 00:58
It turns out there are times when it's a good thing for children to say "Get off my back" to schoolwork-namely, when their backpacks are too heavy. That's the advice from occupational therapists, who say that when it comes to backpacks, kids need to "Pack It Light" and "Wear It Right" to help them avoid injuries. That message will be spread on National School Backpack Awareness Day on September 21 and all year long.
Aug 20, 2005, 23:08
Get Schooled In Garage Organization
Meeting a time-crunched school schedule can be a challenge. Organization plays a key role in maintaining order and preventing morning meltdowns.
To ease the switch and make the school season more manageable, here are some tips:
Aug 20, 2005, 23:06
Get An A+ On Your Back-To-School Shopping
You won't have to do a lot of studying to get high marks on your back-to-school shopping if you do your homework.
Lifestyle and shopping expert Debbi Karpowicz Kickham offers her favorite techniques to help Moms manage (they spell C-H-I-L-D to make them easy to remember).
Aug 20, 2005, 23:03
Everyday Parents Provide School Tips
)-"Back to school" means exciting changes-new teachers, classrooms, supplies and sometimes a new school. With some preplanning and a few helpful tips from parents, you can start the year without a hitch! One excellent resource for everyday back-to-school tips is the SCOTT® Tissue and Towels Common Sense Community at www.ScottCommonSense.com. This community provides a place for people to share their practical ideas ranging from timesaving short cuts to ways to spend quality time with the family. Applying these simple ideas can ease the transition between summer fun and back-to-school time.
Aug 20, 2005, 22:52
What's On Your Back To School List?
)-Your child's back-to-school list, that is. With more than 33 million students returning to school this year, the back-to-school season means hitting the stores before kids can hit the books. According to more than 500 mothers of grade-school aged children surveyed by Parenting magazine's Mom Connection®, there are more items on their children's lists than ever before. Here are some of the results from the survey:
Aug 20, 2005, 21:32
Hottest School Gear Gets Good Grades
shopping! Want to know what will be hot this year in back- to-school supplies? Read on… We've got this year's trends and must-haves to keep you (or your kids) cool, calm and totally organized from the first day through the last final. "Back-to-school supplies have to keep you organized, but they should also be fun," said Kimberly Carr, brand manager for Oxford, maker of school and office supplies.
Aug 20, 2005, 21:27
Give Teachers Extra Credit Ways to Welcome Teachers Back to School
When school resumes after summer break, classrooms throughout the country will continue to struggle with budget shortfalls that are stretching them paper thin.
Across America, teachers are expected to expand minds with dwindling resources but somehow, from the morning roll call to the dismissing sound of the bell, they manage to find ways to effectively teach. This school year alone, teachers will spend an average of $600 of their own money on school supplies and instructional materials. Their willingness to reach into their pockets displays their deep commitment to fill the gaps that today's reality forces them to fix.
Aug 20, 2005, 19:05
New Back-to-School Supplies Focus on Getting Kids Excited About School
The back-to-school season is second only to Christmas in terms of sales volume for many retailers. That’s according to statistics released by the National Retail Federation which estimated that families spend an average of $441.60 on back-to-school supplies.
So exactly what are consumers purchasing with all that money? A lot of things other than traditional school supplies, judging by inventory levels at major school supply retailers. Based on what sold best last year and what retailers are heavily stocking this back-to-school season, it’s likely that the focus will be on products that get kids excited about the whole back-to-school experience.
Aug 20, 2005, 18:47
Making Back-to-School as Easy as 1-2-3 Storage Solutions and Organization Ideas Keep Rooms Clutter-Free
Back-to-school is a great time to evaluate children's rooms to make sure they have a well-organized work and play space for the coming school year.
According to the experts at Pier 1 Kids, a solutions-based children’s furniture and accessories retailer, there are three easy steps adults can take to better organize children’s rooms for back-to-school time. Adapt these simple steps to best suit individual needs for smart study spaces and clutter-free kids rooms.
Aug 20, 2005, 18:19
Back to School for You and Your Kids: No Stress . . . Just Success!
It’s that time of year again . . . time to gather school supplies, shop the back-to-school sales, and help your kids get used to the idea of new teachers, new classrooms and of course, getting back into the school year routine. It’s a time when your kids are likely excited about the prospects of a new year, but it’s also a time when they may be feeling a lot of anxiety.
How do you know if your child is stressed about going back to school? As a parent, you recognize that something is different about your child. Often, when faced with back-to-school stress (or other stress factors) children can become argumentative with their parents, siblings and peers. Fortunately, there’s a lot a parent can do to prevent negative behavior and get their child on track for a successful school year.
Aug 20, 2005, 18:06
Mission Possible: Back to School Shopping Survival Guide
The troops are ready to be loaded in the van…but you’re missing the cargo. Back-to-school shopping for your kids’ supplies can seem like survival of the fittest after a summer filled with barbecues and family vacations.
This year, parents’ missions to fill their children’s backpacks begin with one common goal -- organization. According to a recent Office Depot survey conducted by Harris Interactive of more than 500 parents, more than one-third (35 percent) of parents said they’d choose “keep them organized glue” for their child as the No. 1 super-powered supply. While this “super glue” isn’t available just yet, Maria Bailey, Office Depot’s family organization expert, an award-winning author, bluesuitmom.com founder and working mother of four kids, has tips to help parents get their kids in gear this school year.
Aug 20, 2005, 17:47
Back to School: Making Senior Year Count for College
With college less than one year away, this year’s seniors have a lot on their plates. In addition to strengthening their academic skills and preparing for life post high school, they have to make a lot of important decisions -- the first of which is deciding where to apply for college. With thousands of postsecondary institutions from which to choose, students often need help narrowing down their choices. Sallie Mae, the nation’s number one paying-for-college company, offers numerous resources on preparing and paying for college through its College Answer Web site at www.CollegeAnswer.com.
Aug 20, 2005, 15:48
The Ultimate Tool for School The Visual Thesaurus Drives Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension and Good Grades
One million students at every grade level, from primary school through graduate school, are embracing The Visual Thesaurus software. It brings the English language alive by displaying words; their meanings; their sounds and their connections to each other. It speaks to people who think visually and it’s a great way to see our words; what they mean, how they’re used and where they come from.
It helps students understand, read, write, speak and even think more clearly. From vocabulary quizzes to term papers to SATs, The Visual Thesaurus helps students understand, find and use the right word in the right context. Robbie Calvert, a junior at Hillcrest High School in Salt Lake City said, “It helps a lot with English papers. It makes you sound a lot smarter.” Classmate Steve Summers concurred, “I’m not huge into English, but I’m always looking for new tools and I see great potential in the Visual Thesaurus.”
Aug 20, 2005, 15:44
New Resource Helps Ease Parents' Minds
When your kids return to the classroom, chances are good they'll be greeted not only by new teachers and classmates but heavy security forces as well. School violence is on the rise.
According to National School Safety and Security Services, a national consulting firm specializing in school security and crisis preparation training, last year alone, there were 37 deaths and 158 additional incidents of violence associated with our nation's schools. As the new school year begins, parents must take action to keep their kids safe in school.
Aug 20, 2005, 15:39
Survey Says: Back-to-School Purchases to Include Necessities and Gadgets Shopping Carts to Contain Mix of Needs and Wants
Back to school means the end of summer, the smell of freshly sharpened pencils and shopping -- lots of it. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers across the country will spend $13.4 billion on school items this year.
In a recent survey of more than 8,000 people by CompUSA, parents and students said a mixture of necessities and gadgets will make it into shopping carts this fall.
According to the survey, more than 15 percent of parents surveyed who plan back-to-school technology purchases will buy a laptop. And, 15 percent of parents also plan to buy an iPod.
Aug 20, 2005, 15:23
College Correspondence: Keeping up with the Jones' Children
This fall, millions of parents will bid good-bye to their sons and daughters, sending them out of the nest and into the brave new world of college. It is a time of joy, of course, but also concern. Parents worry that they will have a hard time keeping tabs on their children's college lives or will miss out on their daily endeavors and exciting new adventures. But here's some good news for those parents sending their kids off to school. Gone are the days of watching the mailbox in hopes of a letter home or waiting by the phone for a weekly call.
Aug 20, 2005, 15:09
A Byte of Advice: Back to School Tech Trends
Pencils: Check. Ruler: Check. Loose-leaf paper: Check. Travel hard drive: Check. Back-to-school shopping: Done.
There was a time when calculators and crayons were the only “must-haves” for backpacks on the first day of class. Now, in the age of laptops and memory cards, students need more than a mechanical pencil to survive today’s wireless classrooms. Products that offer portability, save on space and come as bundles have become functional favorites.
Aug 20, 2005, 15:07
Technology Must-Haves for Back-to-School
Getting back into the back-to-school groove is always a challenge, especially for parents who want to motivate and inspire their children. This back-to-school season offers a number of new technologies designed to do just that.
For the parents who want their student to explore the world of music, there’s StikAx (www.stikax.com). Hundreds of prerecorded sound files from violins to Congo drums can easily be programmed to the handheld device. Think of yourself as a music producer. Create a traditional symphony or an out-of-this-world hip-hop club mix.
Aug 20, 2005, 14:58