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Easing Your Kids Back to School
Transitioning from the lazy days of summer to a new grade or school can be a tough task for kids and parents alike. (read the story...)

Preschool on the Horizon
When it comes time to choose a preschool for your child, there are many things to ponder, from how your child learns, to what your finances allow, and where you live. Here is some feedback from a few local parents who have been involved in the search: (read the story...)

The Summer Brain Drain
Studies have shown that children can lose between 10 and 25 percent of their reading skills over the course of the summer. This is directly due to the lack of work, skills and drills in which the student should be engaged over the break from school. (read the story...)

Painless Summer Learning
Summer “brain drain” is a well-documented occurrence. In addition to causing stress for parents and educators, “brain drain” also fuels the fire in the debate of summer fun versus summer learning. But that doesn’t have to be the case, as both goals can be accomplished with a little bit of planning and imagination. (read the story...)

Al Hirschfeld Goes to School
The New York City Department of Education and the Al Hirschfeld Foundation have teamed up to present a curriculum for grades 2-12 based on the artist's life and work. (read the story...)

How-To: Care for Baby Smiles
Oral health affects your child’s overall health, and good habits can last a lifetime. With the help of your pediatric dentist, you can help your child’s smile to be protected for life. (read the story...)

How To Get Set For Kindergarten
If you think that preschool time is just about unstructured play and napping, think again. There is now more emphasis on academics than ever before, and this means preparation is critical during the preschool years. (read the story...)

An Opportunity for Learning Outside the Classroom
Since 2003, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day is observed on the fourth Thursday in April. The chance for kids to see what their parents actually do at the workplace falls on April 24th this year. (read the story...)

Pre-Schools: Half-day vs. Full-day for 3-year-olds
The increase in single parent and two-parent families where the adults hold down jobs with long hours have resulted in an increased demand for full-day pre-schools. (read the story...)

Can Learning Make You Stupid?
Be careful not to confuse electronic learning with the real stuff. (read the story...)

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...)


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