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- Home Alone - When is the right time?
One of the tough decisions that parents have to make is gauging when their child is able to be left home alone or in charge of younger children. And, as children mature at different rates, this decision must be made on a case-to-case basis. Click on the Home Alone? link above to access a booklet from the Department of Human Resources that gives insight on making this important decision.
- Why Communication Is So Important
Talk, and then talk some more. The more you talk, the more kids learn. Babies and young children learn to speak by listening to you, so start talking to them the day they are born. Fortunately, life offers plenty of opportunities to connect and engage in rich conversation.
- The Home & School Connection Newsletter provides parents with practical ideas that promote school success, parent involvement, and effective parenting.
The newsletter provides tips to parents that will help: improve school success, strengthen the home and school partnership, make learning fun with simple activities, enhance parenting skills and discipline, strengthen family life, and build positive character traits.
- Help Your Child Get Organized
Most kids generate a little chaos and disorganization. Yours might flit from one thing to the next — forgetting books at school, leaving towels on the floor, and failing to finish projects once started. You'd like them to be more organized and to stay focused on tasks, such as homework. Is it possible?
- How Much Sleep Do Children Need?
In his bookHealthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, Marc Weissbluth, MD, sums up what you may find in children who routinely do not get the sleep they need, with a bit of a Catch 22: "School achievement difficulties were found more often among poor sleepers compared to good sleepers.... Young children who have difficulty sleeping become older children with more academic problems."
- Influences on Brain Development
With new shows targeted to children as young as 1 year, parents are asking more questions about how television might be influencing their children. Pediatricians can help young families make wise decisions about family media consumption. Click on the link to read more.
- Overloaded School Backpacks Often Cause Aches and Pains
Overloaded backpacks cause stress on the spine and shoulders, resulting in muscle fatigue and strain, claims the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). In fact, the excessive weight in backpacks may cause a child to develop poor posture or slouch excessively. Click on the link to read more.
- Exercise Builds Strong Brains, Too
Kids who play hard every day may be making their brains, as well as their bodies, stronger. A new study reports that children who play vigorously for 20 to 40 minutes a day may be better able to organize schoolwork, do class projects and learn mathematics. Click on the link to read the article.
- Homework Basics
Children are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in homework, according to a statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics. When parents show an interest in homework, children learn that what they do is important to their parents. Helping with homework can have many benefits for children. And who knows? Parents might even learn a thing or two! Click on the link to read more.
- Encouraging Reading Comprehension at Home
In the classroom, students are introduced to comprehension strategies that we practice during whole group instruction and again during small group instruction. Here you will find strategies we use that you can ask your child to practice at home. Strategies such as: making connections, questioning, inferring, visualizing, and more are provided that will help you make a reading connection with your child. Click on the link to read more.
- Creating a Reader-Friendly Home
A home filled with reading material is a good way to help kids become enthusiastic (and proficient) readers. What kind of books should you have? Ask your kids about their interests. If they're too young to have a preference, your local librarian can offer suggestions about age-appropriate books.
For additional tips click on the link. KidsHealth.org
- Junk Food Wasn't Enough? Now There's "Junk Sleep" Too
Because of stress over school and relationships and distractions from TV, computers, text messaging and video games, your teenagers may be sleeping as little as four hours a night. Called “junk sleep” by experts, this is far short of the recommended nine hours and cannot provide the quality of rest needed for the brain and body to function properly.
Click on these two links to read more.