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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...)

WHERE TO CATCH THE MUSIC - Brooklyn
If you’re looking to introduce your young child to the wonders of musical education, here are some options throughout the borough: (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...)

Five Lessons that Five Dollars can teach your child
Whether you’re saving for a family vacation, college tuition, or a new car, pinching pennies can be challenging. But as tricky as saving money is for adults, the concept is far harder for children to grasp. (read the story...)

Going Public Tired of hearing about failing schools? Public school expert and education advocate CLARA HEMPHILL reports on several which are succeeding nicely...
Bad press about public education notwithstanding, the cognoscenti know there are many neighborhoods in which the local schools range from perfectly adequate to truly superior. (read the story...)

It’s Not YOUR Homework-Tips for parents
Homework’s supposed to be fun, teachers explain. Fun for whom, you wonder, as you struggle with your exhausted child past his bedtime. (read the story...)

BRAIN DRAIN! Are Westchester Schools Leaving Behind Their Brightest Students?
In 2001, the federal government passed sweeping legislation that changed the face of education. The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) targeted under-performing schools and mandated that they bring students up to a standardized level in the areas of math and reading — or the schools would lose funding. At the heart of the law was the idea that many children’s educational needs are not being met. (read the story...)

The First Day of Kindergarten: Make it one to remember
After a summer of enjoying our leisure, we must set our clocks early and rise before the sun, leaving one another for brave new — and separate — worlds. Once that alarm rings, we jockey for position in line for the shower, throw on freshly pressed clothes, and scramble for breakfast bars and lunchboxes. There’s the rush out the door, quick kisses and waves goodbye as the kids head off to a new year, a new beginning. Yes, the first day of school can be rough — especially on mom. (read the story...)

Color ‘em Kermie!
Kermit sang ‘It’s not easy being green,” but visitors to the new exhibit, Frogs: A Chorus of Colors, at the American Museum of Natural History, can see that frogs have an amazing diversity of color. And size, habitat and parenting style. The frogs exhibit appeals to the little kid in all of us, the one who caught frogs in a pond, played leapfrog, or worshipped Kermit. Then there are adults still searching for a frog to turn into a prince. (read the story...)

Mid-Life College ExpressCity Mom’s Site Offers Guidance to Fellow Boomers
Energy radiated from Annie Segan as she opened her door, exclaiming, "You will never believe what I just got in the mail . . . my Master's diploma!" The vitality and happiness were not only products of well-deserved pride, I was soon to find out, but part of Segan's vibrant nature. (read the story...)

Brooklyn’s star school:A Charter School that Begins — and Ends — with Children
There’s been a good deal of controversy surrounding New York City’s charter schools lately. While supporters maintain that charter schools offer a much-needed choice in educational opportunities not otherwise available in the public school system, opponents feel that due to a lack of accountability, these schools run a higher risk of academic inconsistencies and financial disarray. Charter schools are public, tuition-free schools that operate independently of the local districts under a “charter” from either the state Board of Regents, the State University of New York (SUNY), or the school chancellor. (read the story...)

Brooklyn Schools “Leap” Into Learning
You’re probably familiar with Leapfrog’s interactive products, which use sound effects, games, and visuals to teach skills in phonics, reading, and math. If you’re a parent, chances are there’s at least one in your house right now. Since 1999, the Leapfrog SchoolHouse division has brought the company’s technology to the classroom, too, with a range of programs for preK-8th grade, all designed to meet state and national standards. Among the most popular offerings are “The Literacy Center”, an early literacy program for preK-2nd grade; “Language First!”, an English language development system; and “Ready, Set, Leap!”, a reading readiness curriculum for preschoolers. Over 14,000 classrooms nationwide have implemented Leapfrog SchoolHouse, including more than 30 schools in NYC. (read the story...)

Women in Blue
Come in all units…over. Not just boys want to be police officers any longer…over. Women on Patrol, the new exhibit at The New York City Police Museum, is for kids who are just beginning to form their social consciousness. (read the story...)

Theft in our Schools
In Westchester, we pride ourselves on the high standards of our schools. We send our children off each day confident they are safe and protected. So complaints of theft seem unthinkable ¡V especially when the thieves are our children¡?s peers. Jackets, sneakers, calculators, CDs, and cell phones rank among the items taken most frequently in our high schools. While the occurrence of theft among Westchester students is relatively low, incidents that do occur tend to be underreported. (read the story...)

Talking Shop…with Eva Moskowitz
As a former public school teacher and American history professor — with time spent on the faculties of Vanderbilt, University of Virginia and CUNY, City Councilmember Eva Moskowitz (D-Manhattan, District 4) knows a little something more about the importance of fostering a better school system for New York’s public school children. In fact, as the City Council’s current Chair of the Education Committee, it’s her number one priority. (read the story...)

IS THE WAY WE LEARN “PRE-WIRED”?How Understanding Your Child’s Learning StyleCan Help Improve Achievement
Most parents would wholeheartedly agree: Optimal learning requires quiet concentration. The more distracting the environment, the more distracted the mind. Many learning experts, however, would beg to differ. They say it all depends on how your child’s brain is “pre-wired”, and that some kids do their best work in a relaxed setting, surrounded by movement and sound. (read the story...)


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