Traditions are a big part of celebrating the holidays. Mary O'Donohue shares ideas on how to make those holiday traditions more meaningful all year long.
Dawn Matheson's insight:
Gratitude is more than "thank you," and it is a tough concept for kids. Mary O'Donohue has some great ideas on how to use the holidays as a launching pad for creating lifelong habits of showing gratitude.
These questions (with a little tweak) are good for parents too - particularly in those "transition" years, like elementary to middle school, middle to high school, moving out on their own ... you get the idea
In the global community that our kids are growing up in, only being able to communicate in one language is beginning to seem rather old-fashioned. Here are some good reasons to encourage bilingualism in your child.
Dawn Matheson's insight:
We are a global community, and while not everyone is adept it picking up or learning additional languages, introducing them to the sounds and cultures around them is invaluable to raising a respectful, engaged citizen of the world.
Today I am sharing 10 valuable qualities that children can learn by their parents example. Let me tell you I was lucky to grow up as the youngest child of a loving family. As you can see I am not saying a perfect family but a loving one. We had plenty of imperfections, plenty of craziness...
"The Maker Movement http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/tag/maker-movement/ ; has inspired progressive educators to bring more hands-on learning and tinkering into classrooms, and educator Gary Stager would like to see formal schooling be influenced by the Maker Movement, which has inspired young learners to tinker, to learn by doing, and take agency for their learning."
Everybody stay calm! 9 ways to ease your kid's back-to-school anxiety Today.com It's easy to think that separation anxiety is just for clingy babies, but even your normally cool-as-a-cucumber kid can get unnerved when it comes to starting school.
Anxiety comes in lots of forms ... and kids *express* it in different ways. These tips can help whether the anxiety is separation or a new school. Although some of the items are geared more to preschool and early elementary students, older students can benefit from getting back into a *real* schedule, checking out their classrooms, etc.
After leading authors showed their love for libraries in written and graphic form, it’s readers’ turn. From life-defining visits to treasured childhood memories, these are some of our favourite tributes
While no parent wants to believe that their child would ever consider taking their own life, suicide is actually the third leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24, according to the CDC. It’s vital for parents of young adults to understand and recognize the warning signs of depression, the potential health impact of a suicide attempt, and how to seek help if their child is having suicidal thoughts. "
For some parents, college acceptance approaches the culmination of every single parenting choice ever made. It can seem the ultimate goal, the ROI of parenthood, the final gold award and the epitome of a parenting job well done....
the constant jargon that teachers are forced to use is rubbing off on our students. Not only is this meaningless for them but it's increasingly making their academic performance their responsibility too. Do primary school children really need that kind of pressure when they're so young?
For two hours at the Rayburn Office Building of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill, there were no Democrats or Republicans -- just citizens who are concerned about the prevalence of dyslexia in our nation’s children, and convinced that something huge needs to be done to help these kids read, learn and thrive. The Congressional Committee Hearing on The Science of Dyslexia brought educators, parents, and lawmakers to the table.