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Child’s cognitive skills linked to time spent with mother

Child’s cognitive skills linked to time spent with mother | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
Extending free childcare will not change parents’ work patterns, study suggests
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Something we all know in our gut. Studies are conflicting, but I'd bank on the side of this one: spend as much time as you can with your children. Not during screen time, but as interactive time.
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If I Were President . . . of My Club, My Class, My College, My Country

If I Were President . . . of My Club, My Class, My College, My Country | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
We asked students what they would do if they were in charge, what their concerns and hopes for the future would be.
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In honor of election day...
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CogniToys Dino

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On average, kids ask 300 questions a day. CogniToys can keep up. The Dinos respond to thousands of questions across multiple triceratopics with age-appropriate answers. CogniToys don't pull answers directly from Google, so if a child asks a ques

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Using IBM's WATSON artificial intelligence software, this toy can answer all of your little children's questions... like "why is the sky blue" or "what is a star" is a simplistic, charming way. 
My bias - more interaction with robots from an early age is not likely to enhance family communication skills.  I'd prefer my three year old ask ME why the sky is blue.  What do you think?  Great toy?  or Poor choice toy?
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We're Endangering our Kids' Imaginations

We're Endangering our Kids' Imaginations | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
I refuse to sit back and watch this loss of childhood
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A must read for those concerned with the increase of screentime at the expense of loss of 'development' time.
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What Will Break People’s Addictions to Their Phones?

What Will Break People’s Addictions to Their Phones? | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
Tristan Harris believes Silicon Valley is addicting us to our phones. He’s determined to make it stop.
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screentime issues - this time about us, not about our children
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Special Report: This Is How Parents Feel About The Presidential Election

An in-depth survey of more than 1,000 parents on everything from how having kids influence their politics to the biggest concerns for their kids' futures.
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Election Fever! Here's a survey of how other parents feel about the impact of the election on their children.
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How Physical Fitness May Promote School Success

How Physical Fitness May Promote School Success | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
Physically fit children absorb and retain new information more effectively than children who are out of shape, a new study finds, raising timely questions about the wisdom of slashing schools’ physical education programs.
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THis one is for you Ms. Krista!

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Why we should celebrate shyness

Why we should celebrate shyness | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
From Charles Darwin to Keira Knightley and Morrissey, the socially awkward and anxious have changed the world for the better. Have we forgotten the benefits of being shy?
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What teachers really want to tell parents - CNN.com

What teachers really want to tell parents - CNN.com | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
A principal who was loved and adored by all told me she was leaving the profession because " I just can't deal with parents anymore; they are killing us."
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This is a surprisingly negative article about the antagonism that can arise between teachers and parents.  Camelot teachers attempt to create a partnership with the parents.
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Why social and emotional skill building in early childhood matters

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Child Trends improves the lives and prospects of children and youth by conducting high-quality research and sharing the resulting knowledge with practitioners and policymakers.
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This is a rather unexciting, general review article about the young ones (junior MAPP and below)  but a good website to know about.  Camelot is attunded to the importance of social and emotional skill building.
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Get Your Family To Be Happier Every Day In Less Than An Hour

The author of 'The Happiness Equation' and '1000 Awesome Things' talks about how to show appreciation and find gratitude in your everyday life.
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a parenting website for fathers!  great information of all sorts.
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How To Raise A Digitally Savvy Kid That Isn't Always Staring At A Screen

Author Devorah Heitner talks about how you can curb rude digital behavior, like phubbing and trolling, by being a good tech role model.
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Our theme this year is BALANCE. Here is our first Timely Topic describing balance:  the balance between being tech savvy and a screen addict. Perhaps this is one of THE important balances for our students. 
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How To Raise Brilliant Children, According To Science

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Two developmental psychologists break down 21st century skills and give everyday tips for parents on how to instill them.
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Notable Children’s Books of 2016

Notable Children’s Books of 2016 | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
The best in picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, selected by the children’s books editor of The New York Times Book Review.
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I love the holidays for at least one reason - a chance to think about the books of the past year.  Ms Denise used to have a book exchange in her KinderMapp class. I was impressed by the quality of the books the children brought. The holidays are a great time to give and share books. Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!  
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Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
New research shows that teenagers' brains aren't fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.
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A good reminder, from a possible book suggestion.
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Nudges That Help Struggling Students Succeed

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Small interventions can help underperforming students thrive in the classroom and even rethink their place in the world.
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How to Raise Creative Children

How to Raise Creative Children | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
Three rules that might make your child a future Nobel Prize winner
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My favorite topic!
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TECH TALK TUESDAYS

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Screenagers dives deep into how technology impacts kid’s development and
the challenges of parenting in the digital world where parents must compete
with video games, texting addiction, and social media.
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This site offers weekly discussion questions for you to discuss with your teen about cybersafety and screentime use. 
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"Parent participation in education" books

Amazon book category
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Amazon books has a separate category now called Parent Participation in Education. Parenting books are posted together in this category besides under their individual topic.  An interesting category to scan!  I discovered the category while reviewing Screenwise, a recently published book about managing student's screen use
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Your child has nightly reading homework. What should YOU be doing?

Your child has nightly reading homework. What should YOU be doing? | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
Your child has been assigned to read every night for homework. What should you be doing to make sure this reading benefits the child the most?
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Family

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Family
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Here is a very general link to the NYTIMES family health section which has a series of new articles each week. Many concern contemporary parenting topics and tips. From time to time I will post other general parenting sites with multiple articles. Usually I post articles relevant to the topics of our speaker series.  This year, Screen Time tops the list of our "finding balance" talks this year.
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By Not Challenging Gifted Kids, What Do We Risk Losing?

By Not Challenging Gifted Kids, What Do We Risk Losing? | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
Intellectually talented kids “don’t get the attention of policymakers,” said psychology professor David Lubinski of Vanderbilt University. “But if you’re trying
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THis is a classic study about the virtues of providing The Gifted with the appropriate level of stimulation that they need. Unfortunately, the gifted are typically ignored because they are already working at an above average level.
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20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students

20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
Interventions and strategic behaviors can help teachers manage students who are acting out or missing out on learning because of behavioral issues.
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teaching strategies for students with anxiety
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Everything You Need To Know About Parenting In 12 Jim Gaffigan Quotes

Jim Gaffigan is one of the parent laureates of the comedy world. His book, 'Dad Is Fat' and his stand-up routines offer many revelations on fatherhood.
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Not a serious article, this is for laughs.  For parent's BALANCE of humor in their (very serious) approach to parenting. 
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How Schools Can Help Notice and Serve the ‘Quiet Kids’

How Schools Can Help Notice and Serve the ‘Quiet Kids’ | Camelot Academy's Timely Topics | Scoop.it
Remember that quiet kid in class who never spoke up? In New York, teachers are learning how to make sure the ideas of introverts don't get overlooked.
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