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20/20 Vision? How Vision Problems Affect School Work
Parents with children who are struggling in school should bring them for a thorough eye examination; one that includes tests at the distance at which a child actually reads. (read the story...)

Voice Lessons: When Your Child Should Start
Could my child become the next American Idol? (read the story...)

All Moms Need Support! says artist who draws joy from hardship
At 17, Katherine Arnoldi found herself without a job, without a home, and without much self-esteem. What she had, however, was an infant daughter to raise and support who would change her world in more ways than she could have imagined. (read the story...)

Unsung Heroes? A Day-in-the-Life of a Substitute Teacher
That unsung hero, the substitute teacher, and the pitfalls of the job are totally familiar to us. Early in our careers we were both employed as classroom teachers. We began substituting when our children were young, and one of us eventually became a school principal in another state. (read the story...)

Summing Up
11 of the 20 finalists were girls, with girls outnumbering boys for the first time as finalists. Coincidentally, K’Nex, the toy construction system, announced the winners of its building competition. All 10 finalists were boys. Despite the heartening Siemens Competition result, I don’t know why it’s so difficult to interest girls in math and science. (read the story...)

Is Your Child Struggling in School?
With all the busy schedules of children today, it is harder than ever to motivate them in the school setting. But it’s important for parents to help keep kids on track. Here's a game plan! (read the story...)

Speaking About Sex — Why Parents Matter Most
When is a good time to begin reading to your child? Some experts believe that even infants benefit from this early form of communication. When it comes to talking about sex, there are parallels. (read the story...)

The Special Needs Trust: Protecting Your Special Needs Child
Parenting a special needs child can be a wonderful and challenging task. But while you may be meeting your child’s needs at present, how do you ensure their needs will be met in the future? One way is by creating a Supplemental or Special Needs Trust. (read the story...)

The Smart Choice: Chalk Boards vs. The Big Screen
These days, classrooms are saying goodbye to the chalk and color markers that were used on these “prehistoric” learning tools. SMART boards are becoming all the rage: 6-foot interactive computer screens projected for the class. (read the story...)

Tests, quizzes, presentations? JUST RELAX!
Test-taking anxiety strikes many students, from the fourth-grader taking a spelling test to the college graduate taking her LSATs. In my practice as a certified hypnotist, more and more kids are coming to me for Guided Relaxation work so they can loosen up and improve their performance. (read the story...)

New Workbook Series Aims at Avoiding the Academic “Summer Slide”
Ah, the lazy days of summer. Kids eagerly await these two months of leisure, when they can finally be “free” from books, homework and classrooms. But a study at the University of Missouri shows that those lazy days will take their toll when school starts up again in the fall (read the story...)

Good News! Liberty Science Center Reopens
Every time we took the Holland Tunnel when my kids were younger,, we would pass the Liberty Science Center and they'd beg to stop. But the museum has been closed for two years, and my teens have outgrown family trips to IKEA and the desire for interactive museum experiences. (read the story...)

Recycling Rainwater
Imagine a way to collect and recycle, rather than just dumping, the rainwater that collected around your yard. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to make use of it instead of worrying about it being a breeding place for mosquitoes, or adding to flooding problems? (read the story...)

10 Tips To Get Your Student's Grades Back Up
Once October arrives, the leaves fall and a hint of winter is in the air. Along with the changes of nature, there may be something else arriving at home . . . progress reports, interim reports, or failure notices. (read the story...)

Access to Afterschool
If kids look brighter this month, the Afterschool Alliance may just get the credit. (read the story...)

Shoplifting vs. Downloading
With an overwhelming majority of children online and concern for their safety paramount, encouraging good judgment as they navigate their way through cyberspace is vital. Protecting kids with censoring devices, such as Internet filters and parental spyware, are becoming commonplace. But even technological solutions aren’t always enough. (read the story...)

Getting From B to A
Guidelines for parents to help their kids excel in math. (read the story...)

Help Your Child Build Great Homework Skills
By learning specific tools for time management, organization, and general homework skills, students will be well on their way toward homework success. (read the story...)

Helping Kids With Handwriting
In today’s fast-paced computer age, handwriting seems like a forgotten art. But the truth is that mastering handwriting sets children up for other learning successes. Handwriting builds confidence, teaches children to have an organized approach, and enhances their ability to communicate. (read the story...)

Off To a Great Start!
Here are 10 surefire steps to a successful school year... (read the story...)

My Child Has To Be Tested!
Maybe the teacher has contacted you. Maybe the pediatrician has raised some questions. Now they have agreed that your child should be referred for testing. What are they looking for? (read the story...)

Kid Ergonomics
When you're fit, you’re more productive. That’s true for children as well. Too-heavy backpacks and bad computer posture can cause physical imbalances which can, in turn, affect learning. (read the story...)

Friend or Foe?
Do schools attempt to meet all student struggles from within and reject tutoring as superfluous? Or do they embrace the part these outside professionals play and welcome them into the process? (read the story...)

“New Math”: A Guide Through the Maze
2 + 2 still equals 4, but why does my child’s multiplication look like rocket science? (read the story...)

Learning Styles: Which One is Your Child?
When parents observe their children's learning styles, it makes it easier to help them learn. It's also a good exercise to find out how you learn — since this could complement or contrast with your child's style. (read the story...)


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