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Helping Your Child Be On Time

time-fliesIn her article Helping Your Child Be on Time, Susan Heid gives us great advice for helping our children (and us) be on time.  Whether you have a dilly dallier like me or just some poor habits to address, this article will help reduce the rushing and help your child be on time.

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School Success: Planning Matters

Boy_ReadingIn the article School Success: Planning Matters, Laura offers up some great advice and tips for helping our kids succeed in school this year. Whether your kids struggle with learning issues or not, Laura offers ups some great ideas that can help keep us focused on learning and succeeding in school.

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Perseverance: A Must-Have for Children


Many children have set out to accomplish something–sports, music, good grades–only to realize that the path is uphill and the prize is not free. Certainly, you’ve experienced seeing excited eyes and faces as your children share dreams of accomplishing some new endeavor; then, you later see the frustration and hear those distressed words, “I can’t.” This is the time when being a parent counts.

Children need to feel successful. The actual accomplishment of a task is not as important as the work they do to accomplish it. You may need to help your child adjust a goal, or you may need to give an explanation about why he or she can’t fly to the moon tomorrow on a rocket, but it’s important for you to find a way to help your child experience the satisfaction of persevering to the end.

As the close of the school year approaches, consider working on the following three “Be’s” that will help your children develop perseverance.

  • · Be interested. There’s a reason kids say, “Daddy, watch this!” Children never really outgrow the need to know that you care about what they do. Show that you want them to be successful.


  • · Be a teacher. Parents are teachers. Kids have classrooms at school, but the laboratory for learning is the home. You don’t need chalkboards, fancy technology, or advanced degrees in math or reading to teach your children. Simply watch for, and take advantage of, teaching moments–a chance to encourage, lift, explain, or share one of your life’s experiences.


  • · Believe. Your children can do anything. Do you believe it? Children can tell. Give them the gift of truly believing in them, and then brace yourself for them to do things that may astound you.

Your Child’s Learning Style

Your Child May Not Learn Like You Do


You probably remember what school was like when you were a child. You know what subjects you enjoyed–and you may remember the subjects you didn’t like. You also know how you learned new information the best. Maybe you retained more when you read your textbook, or maybe you liked it better when the teacher lectured, or maybe you did the best with hands -on activities. You likely still discover new information in the same way you picked it up in school.


However, when it comes to your child, you need to forget everything you remember about your school preferences. That may sound drastic, but it’s really necessary if you want your child to do his or her best. Your child is a unique individual.  Not only is it likely that his or her subject preference differs from yours, but your child may also learn differently than you do.


In terms of learning styles, there are three main types: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic or tactile. Your child may use one or all of these styles as he or she progresses through school. The rest of this message will define these styles and give you strategies to help your child make the most of his or her dominant learning style in school.


Visual learners benefit from seeing or observing the way something looks or works.

Think about and ask your child the following questions. Does he or she have a hard time remembering names although he or she can always remember a face? How does he or she recall information? Does he or she see images? If so, your child is likely a visual learner.


If your child is a visual learner, try the following approaches:

*Ask your child to highlight important information on worksheets or handouts with a marker or draw a line under it with a pencil.

*Make flash cards for your child. Simple math facts and vocabulary words lend themselves well to flash cards.

*Help your child make charts, diagrams, and graphs to better understand and express information.


Auditory learners learn best by hearing or listening.

If your child is an auditory learner, he or she probably retains more information when the lesson is presented verbally and when the teacher questions the whole class. Ask your child if he or she does well in class discussions. Is he or she easily distracted by noises? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, your child is likely an auditory learner.


You can help your auditory learner do better in school by:

*Reading aloud to him or her or having the child read material aloud.

*Using mnemonic devices or phrases when memorizing materials. Do you remember all of the colors of the rainbow? If you memorized RoyG.Biv, you probably do.

*Allowing your child to study with a friend so he or she can hear and talk about information.


Kinesthetic or tactile learners learn best by touching or doing.

You’ll know easily if your child is a tactile learner. Is he or she the only person in the family who can set the digital recorder or run the computer? Does he or she love to build things? Is your child often out of his or her seat in the classroom? Yes, yes, and yes? Then your child learns best with hands-on activities.

You can try the following things to help your kinesthetic learner do better in the classroom:

*Ask your child to act out or demonstrate concepts. For instance, to help your child understand that verbs are action words, you might have him or her act out the meaning of the word.

*When helping your child with homework, give him or her a real world perspective on the content. For example, if your child is working with fractions, get out the measuring cups.

*Take advantage of hands-on projects. Your tactile learner will enjoy these assignments the most.

*Allow your child access to multimedia applications and learning tools on the computer.


Help your child discover his or her own learning style.

By doing so, you not only make your child more responsible for his or her own learning, but you heighten his or her awareness of how he or she learns. With your help, your child can develop strategies for making the best use of his or her dominant style, as well as overcoming any obstacles he or she may have with other learning styles.

                                From “Cut & Paste” vol. 12/#3/March 2011

Fact Practice Websites

Click on the bee for a great website for educational games. This site has time, money, addition, subtraction, division, multiplication. You can set up a game and play with your friends.

Here are some others to check out:

Try these Logic Challenges with your family:

Click on this picture to go to The  National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) website.

If you click on the activities section, it will bring you to a variety of games and activities that can be searched by grade level.



Function Robot – This site is an interactive version of the “what’s my rule?” machines we see in Everyday Math. This activity can build number sense and encourage basic skills.


Test the Toad-


Recipe for Second Grade

ScientistEasy Recipe for a Perfect Second Grade Class

1 Bunch of Happy Eager Students

1 Enthusiastic, Energetic and Loving Teacher

Combine the above ingredients with:

2 cups of Reading

1 cup of Phonics

2 cup of Math

1 cup of Spelling

1 cup of Science/Social Studies/Health

1 cup of Honesty

1 cup of Friendship

1 cup of Respect

1 cup Concern and Love for Each Other

Spices (for extra flavor)

A dash of P.E., Art, Music, Library and Computer Lab

A large portion of Centers

An abudance of supportive and concerned parents

Blend reading, phonics, spelling, math, science, social studies, and health very carefully, and thoroughly every day. Add honesty, friendship, respect, and concern for each other. Daily add a bunch of love and enthusiasm along with a scoop of understanding and a dash of discipline. Sift in P.E., Music, Art, Library and Computers to give it a little spicy flavor. Carefully blend in centers to enhance all learning styles. Mix thoroughly and check to see if all ingredients are blending and being learned. Bake in a second grade classroom everyday. Watch them grow and learn daily adding more of each ingredients as needed. When they are done and the year is through – turn them out into the world with knowledge, love, respect, and self-esteem….ready for third grade!