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WHAT IS KINDERGARTEN “READINESS”?

Parents with pre-Kindergarten children often express concern about their child’s readiness for starting school, inquiring if there is a list of specific skills and tasks required for entering Kindergarten.  (more...)
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL: WHAT'S THE IDEAL ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT?

As parents think ahead about their children transitioning from the self-contained fifth grade classroom in elementary school into the departmentalized program of a Middle School, questions arise such as:  (more...)
 
GRATITUDE
 
Whether it’s verbally expressing thanks to others, writing in a gratitude journal, sending a thank you note or appreciative text, or taking time to mentally acknowledge what you have, researchers have proven that gratitude can actually transform lives.  (more...)
 
VOLUNTEERING AT YOUR CHILD'S SCHOOL
 
The Surprising Benefits! While statistics show that fewer parents are volunteering at their children’s schools, new research shows that school volunteering actually yields broader benefits to students than earlier realized!  (more...)
 
THE CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE OF FREE PLAY
 
Are children wasting their time when they’re “just” playing? Many experts, including those from the American Academy of Pediatrics, feel they are not.  (more...)
 
THE PARENT - TEACHER CONFERENCE
 
Fall is the time of year for the first scheduled parent - teacher conference. Designed to inform parents of a student’s progress since the start of school, this conference can also be an ideal time for the teacher and the parent to cooperatively discuss issues and design strategies for the benefit of the child.   (more...)
 
THE VALUE OF PUBLIC SPEAKING

Speech anxiety, also called glossophobia, is one of the most common fears among students and adults.  (more...)