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How To Get Involved at School — when time is a problem
As a working parent, I know quite well the challenge of finding the time and place to get involved in my children’s school. But from my vantage point as an educator, I can’t emphasize enough just how important such involvement is. (read the story...)

Leave It To The Experts
I don’t remember any debates about homework when I was a kid. You got homework. You did it. (read the story...)

A World of Learning
As the school year begins once again, it’s a good time to think about what it is our children really need to be learning. (read the story...)

Kids as Teachers — in Queens, for real
Many people come to teaching through circuitous routes, but at the Queens High School of Teaching, the concept of education as a career is focused, and for many of the students, a revelation. (read the story...)

Finding the Right Tutor
Like so many specialties, New York City offers a huge range of private tutors and tutoring services. How do you find the best fit for your child? (read the story...)

Great Tips for Note Taking in Class
Has your child ever come home with a blank page of class notes? Has he complained of not being able to listen in class and jot down information fast enough? Has she ever missed important facts from a teacher’s lecture? If so, then your child may be in need of some tools for listening and taking well-written notes. (read the story...)

5 Tips for Back to School Safety
Here are the top 5 things you can do to start the school year off safely. (read the story...)

Packing the “Right Stuff”
It’s that time of year again…your home is abuzz with talk of new teachers, homework, and of course, school lunch. Although some schools have improved the quality of cafeteria meals and snacks in recent years, many still fail to meet basic nutritional needs. (read the story...)

Go Green
Kids across the country are dragging their parents around the stores (or are parents dragging the kids?), talking them into pencils, erasers, binders and snow-white paper-filled notebooks. (read the story...)

When Reading Is Just Too Hard
Our son, Isaac, was happy in kindergarten at the local public school. Although my husband, Paul, and I noticed that he couldn’t hold a crayon properly and alternated hands when he wrote his name, we weren’t concerned. This was kindergarten, after all. (read the story...)

WELCOME NEIGHBOR
Sesame Street starts its 37th season August 14, focusing on getting preschoolers ready for a classroom. (read the story...)

HOME IS WHERE THE SCHOOL IS: The Latest in Homeschooling Trends
When the average person thinks of homeschooling, one of the following images probably comes to mind: devoutly religious parents, unwilling to expose their children to the evils lurking in schools; children sequestered in a log cabin, unfamiliar with the ways of the world; a harried stay-at-home mom, trying to quickly become expert in subjects as varied as chemistry and Dickens, holding forth from a textbook to her bored and alienated-looking preteen. (read the story...)

What Do YOU Want to Be When You Grow Up?
It’s Never Too Early to Help Children Think About Their Futures (read the story...)

In the Arts: Be-Bop Babies
Can classes really create mini maestros . . .or even help kids to read? (read the story...)

Education: Helping Your Child With Reading That’s Challenging
Even those elementary school students who can easily read a novel often struggle when reading a social studies or science textbook. And often the problem worsens as students move into middle school. (read the story...)

Parenting Bookshelf: Choice Parenting by Richard Primason, Ph.D.
Ten-year-old Tim Patton* is having trouble in fifth grade — he’s not doing his homework. His parents are concerned because he also has some learning issues, and the school is recommending that Tim be evaluated, and perhaps begin taking medication. The Pattons* are getting very anxious, but are not sure what to do next. (read the story...)

Taking the ISEE?
Before applying to an independent school, students entering grades 5 through 12 must take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). They need to earn a stellar score on this three-hour SAT-like aptitude test in order to compete with their fellow applicants and earn a slot in one of the ultra-competitive New York City independent schools. (read the story...)

Innovative schools top Hemphill‘s latest list
If you’re thinking ahead to high school, and continuing to go public (or maybe switching from private school into the public realm), New York City journalist Clara Hemphill continues to offer solace with a recently updated version of her excellent resource book, New York City’s Best Public High Schools: A Parents’ Guide (Teachers College Press, $19.95). (read the story...)

P.S. Confidential: Which Schools Make the Grade?
Clara Hemphill is optimistic. That’s no small feat when your job is helping city parents find a great public school for their kids. As director of Insideschools.org at Advocates for Children in New York, Hemphill and her three co-authors visited nearly 500 elementary schools and identified 200 of the top schools for the recent, third edition of New York City’s Best Public Elementary Schools (Teachers Press, $21.95) — 70 more since the last edition was published in 2002. (read the story...)

BEYOND BUSY - Keeping Commitments in Check this School Year
Experts say by carefully evaluating requests for your time, defining your priorities, and making an effort to take time for yourself, you'll be prepared for the fresh batch of requests bound to appear in back-to-school backpacks. (read the story...)

How We Learn: A guide to helping kids harness their learning styles
The key to understanding new ideas and making connections with learning is in our individual learning styles. These are the pathways that our brains are most comfortable with when making sense of new information. We each have our own preferred ways of gaining this understanding; finding the method through which we learn most naturally can help us take charge of our own learning and enhance further knowledge growth. And understanding how learning works can help parents guide kids, in and out of the classroom. (read the story...)

Stop Your Crying!Local moms on call, calming the nurseries of New York City
There are courses on natural childbirth, infant massage, behavior modification. Now, Big Apple parents can take classes on how to calm a fussy baby. Fussy Baby Support Services (FBSS), developed with clinical support from The Fussy Baby Clinic at Denver Children's Hospital and inspired by the Fussy Baby Network at Erikson in Chicago, is run by two Brooklyn-based moms, Stacey Cermak and Claire Pemrick. (read the story...)

RAISING KIDS BILINGUALLY - NYC parents are enrolling their youngsters in foreign language classes — for the earliest possible exposure.
Bonjour, ca va? Curious toddlers who step into West Park Presbyterian Church on Wednesday mornings are greeted with a singsong voice and smile from Michelle Bertrand, founder of Music & Play En Français. The foreign language playgroup — one of dozens held throughout the city — is part of a growing trend of parents opting to raise a bilingual child or give their babies a leg up by exposing them to a second language early on. (read the story...)

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE EDUCATIONALTelevision and Our Children’s Brains
Now recent studies suggest that children who watch television from a young age may develop attention disorders and aggressiveness. (read the story...)

How Smart Is My Child?
You may have good reasons to suspect your child is gifted, but you’re not sure how to prove it. And such proof can be critical, because it helps parents provide more opportunities for their kids’ increased growth, enjoyment, and success in areas of interest. (read the story...)


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