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Thursday, October 30, 2014

9 Interesting Tips a Parent Can Help With Reading

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“Here is a good visual…featuring 9 ways a parent can help with reading…The ideas are pretty basic and and some are commonsensical but they are really a good refresher of what you, as a parent, should pay attention to in order to help your kids become better readers.” (more)

How to pick the best school for your child

Chicago Defender – Kevin Chavous

” When it comes to a child’s needs, goals and their learning style – a parent is the one who knows exactly what it takes for their child to be successful. That’s why school choice matters – parents are empowered to choose the best school for their son or daughter.” (more)

6 tricks to manage Halloween treats

Fox News – Patricia Bannan

“While it’s fine for kids to enjoy some treats on Halloween, it’s all too easy to overdo it. These tips will help prepare you and your children for a fun Halloween night and week after, without the frightening sugar highs and upset stomachs.” (more)

Tips for creating a healthy homework routine

Winter Park Observer – Jason Dowdy

“…the only concern most of us have is how to get it done before bedtime and with minimal arguing…Consistent routines and expectations help teach kids the best ways to organize themselves and complete assignments in a timely manner. Here are a few ideas…that may help you create your own homework routine in your house.” (more)

Choices, Benefits Come With Raising Bilingual Kids

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“New parents face enough decisions to make as it is, but for bilingual parents, there are even more. Which language should their child learn as a primary means of communication? The oldest mainstream view on language learning was that learning a second language was unhealthy for the human brain. Since then, researchers at York University in Toronto have come out saying that becoming bilingual will actually strengthen the brain and improve focus.” (more)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Children ‘prefer to play outdoors than watch TV’

BBC News – Staff Writer

“Children would rather be playing outdoors than watching television, but parents’ concerns keep them indoors, a survey suggests…Many parents believed their children did not have the same freedoms as they did as youngsters. They put this down to heavier traffic making playing in the streets more dangerous, as well as a lack of community spirit and fear of strangers.” (more)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Why not give all kids a head start on Spanish?

The Dallas News – Mary Amanda Stewart

“There’s a new trend in preschool education: English-speaking families are choosing Spanish immersion for their children.” (more)

Do you know the 5 Rs of early education?

Philly.com – Anna Nguyen

“If it hasn’t happened yet, it’s likely your pediatrician will ask during your child’s next well visit how much reading takes place at home.” (more)

High Quality Early Childhood Education Primes Children For Family Income Decline

Medical Daily – Shweta Iyer

“There has been an established relationship between the financial status and the development of children in a family. While it is known that a sudden drop in income adversely impacts children’s behavior, a new study shows that those receiving high quality early childhood education and care centers are better buffered to handle such circumstances than those who did not get such education.” (more)

Parents feel ‘unequipped’ to help children with maths

The Telegraph – Josie Gurney-Read

” Speaking to the Telegraph, Carol Vorderman says more should be done to help parents, because if pupils are on the maths “scrapheap” by the age of 11, ‘they will remain there.'” (more)