Comic Michael McIntyre says, “people with kids don’t know.” We know what you mean!
Comic Michael McIntyre says, “people with kids don’t know.” We know what you mean!
Describe yourself as a mother.
That’s the task several moms were given. The results were posted on the web site UpWorthy.com and feature recently on The TODAY Show.
You’ll probably recognize some of the emotions the Moms comment about. But the kids? They see only the good.
Watch the video below…
So, here are ten movies that we’re hearing about that should be perfect for the little ones, and enjoyed by parents as well! Any other kids’ movies you’re looking forward to? Let us know with your comments below.
Parent-teacher conferences are a great way for you to connect with teachers and learn more about how best to help your child thrive in his or her school environment. The secret to a successful parent-teacher meeting is to ensure that both you and your child’s teacher exchange information in a two-way conversation. A productive back-and-forth discussion will help pinpoint areas of improvement, identify strengths and determine the best plan of action to create a positive learning environment for your child at home and in the classroom.
If you’re a first timer, here is what you can expect at your next parent-teacher conference:
It’s best to do research on your child’s work before attending the meeting by taking a look at completed assignments, report cards or progress reports. After, all, this will be the primary topic of conversation, so it is best to be prepared ahead-of-time with specific questions and concerns you may have.
You may also want to write down questions you have about the teaching program as a whole, whether it be the homework policy, curriculum or school support system that may help you better understand your child’s learning environment.
During your pre-conference research, be sure to speak with your child to determine if there are any specific questions he or she would like you to ask the teacher. Your child may even bring up a few of his or her own perceived areas of strengths or weaknesses that you can address at the conference.
Typical parent-teacher conferences will last 30-45 minutes. During that time, teachers will likely exhibit samples of your child’s work for reference and you are given an opportunity to ask questions about your child’s progress, the school environment or classroom curriculum. This is also the perfect time to share information about your child that might be helpful for the teacher to know, such as medical needs, outside interests or hobbies, and activities happening at home that may affect your child’s ability to focus at school.
Ask the teacher what plans he or she has to support your child’s progress and ask for recommendations about what you can do to help. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about specific school or classroom terminology, methods of measuring grades, or specifics about what the grade-level expectations are. You may also want to ask the teacher to explain or provide examples of “A” quality work versus “B” or “C” quality work for a better understanding of what proficiency looks like in the classroom.
Parent-teacher conferences are also the perfect time to ask questions to see how your child is doing socially. Does he or she have friends? Who does your child sit with at lunch and play with at recess? Does your child seem detached or despondent about being at school each day? Are there warning signs of bullying that you should know about? Asking the right questions to get to the bottom of your child’s social behavior is important to help focus on short- and long-term goals for improvement in social areas as well.
By the end of your discussion, both of you should have a better idea about how to move forward as an integrated support system to help your child thrive in and out of the classroom.
Now that you are armed with valuable knowledge about your child’s progress in school, make sure you sit down with your child to discuss details about his or her report card. Start by focusing on what your child is doing right and praise your child for areas where he or she is thriving. Then highlight one or two areas of improvement, and fill your child in on the plan discussed during the conference to help improve these weaker areas at home.
Constant communication with your child’s teacher is an essential part of parenting that provides a huge benefit for your child. Scheduled conferences should not be the only conversations you have with your child’s teacher. Make sure you stay in touch with the teacher regularly throughout the school year to check up on your child’s progress, provide any new information about your child, or tweak certain parts of the classroom improvement plan when necessary.
A fruitful parent-teacher conference and ongoing conversations with your child’s teacher are essential to ensure your child has all the tools required for a successful school year. Your effort in keeping the conversation going about your child’s progress ensures there are no surprises when it comes to your child’s next report card, and your effort will undoubtedly help bolster your child’s love of learning for many years to come.
For six hours each day, five days per week, children are in school. Many students come home from a long day in classrooms only to sit back down at a desk and work for another hour or two on mandated homework assignments. They’re tired, irritable and may argue about the merits of homework to their parents or other family members. If this is the case in your home, try listening to your children instead of stifling their arguments with an automatic rebuke. They may actually have a good point.
Homework can be a major source of frustration in your household. Arguments over completing homework often dominate family discussions, children become ill-tempered, and you lose quality family time if your child is spending too much time on homework assignments.
Homework has been linked as one of the main causes of stress and academic disengagement among young children and teens, and some research points to the limited influence excessive homework has on academic achievement.
A 2010 study by Education World indicates that the amount of homework assigned to children ages 6 to 9 years old tripled between 1981 and 1997. Another Scholastic & Yankelovich study in 2006 found that reading for pleasure sharply declines in children after eight years old primarily due to too much homework. And in yet another study by the director of teacher education at the College of the Atlantic in the late 90s, Etta Kralovec found that the more prevalent homework becomes in school, the more likely a child will fall behind and ultimately drop out.
The award-winning documentary film, Race to Nowhere, also takes a close look at the homework dilemma, and the advocacy arm of the film’s creators promote what it calls Healthy Homework Guidelines to encourage schools nationwide to reexamine homework practices to better support student engagement, health and learning.
So how do you know if your child is receiving too much homework? Here are a few signs that may indicate that your child might be overloaded with homework:
Is your child bogged down with busywork assignments? If learning is no longer engaging and fun for your child, a homework intervention may be in order. But what can you do to side with your child in the case against excessive homework? Here are a few tips:
Get an idea of the teacher’s philosophy on homework. Does he or she believe abundant repetition promotes learning? Do teachers at your child’s school know that what they are assigning is excessive? Find out these details first to get to the root of the issue before lobbying a campaign against homework altogether, and have a cordial discussion with your child’s teacher to explain the disruption homework is causing in your household.
Check your child’s work. Is he or she laboring on a single concept? Pinpointing the exact cause of trouble can help direct time spent on homework assignments toward understanding that single concept. Your child is more likely to truly comprehend a concept by spending quality time on a limited number of problems rather than racing through 100. Enlist the help of a tutor if necessary.
Work with your child’s school administrators, school board or other parent advocates in your community to promote student-directed homework that advances a spirit of learning in children and allows for a balanced schedule.
One of the best investments we can entrust to the next generation is to keep students’ love of learning alive, keep their inquisitive minds engaged, and promote critical thinking and depth of learning – skills that cannot often be found within the pages of a repetitive worksheet assignment.
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