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Home routines can boost a child’s readiness for school

Medical X-Press – Julie Davis

“The first day of preschool is a milestone in a child’s life. And parents can help prepare kids for this momentous occasion with everyday family routines that create a nurturing home environment. According to researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, routines help develop a child’s social and emotional readiness. That’s the ability to handle the challenges of being away from mom and dad, and interact with other children in new environments. It may even contribute to future school and life successes.” (more)

4 steps to help students develop a healthy media diet

E-School News – Stacey Pusey

“With the proliferation of technology in school and at home, parents are looking for direction on how to keep their kids’ media habits in check. Librarians, who are often at the front lines of media and tech in schools, can provide that crucial guidance. The discussions shouldn’t focus on denying technology, though, said Michelle Cooper, library media specialist at White Oak Independent School District (ISD) in Texas, in the edWebinar “Achieving Media Balance in a Tech-Immersed World.” Instead, librarians can help families learn how to maintain a healthy balance and become good digital citizens.” (more)

The Global Search for Education: I Believe I Can Grow

Education World – Cathy Rubin

“Carol Dweck’s growth mindset research has found that children who believe their talents and abilities can be developed through hard work, perseverance and lots of good mentoring from others are willing to take on more learning challenges. When faced with these challenges, they are more resilient and more likely to succeed, particularly children from vulnerable populations.” (more)

Poll: The Majority of California Parents Like New State Report Card

Education Week – Daarel Burnette II

“Despite all the criticism, California parents are pretty fond of a redesigned and highly controversial statewide school report card, according to a recently released poll conducted by USC and a prominent think tank. The report card was released last year as part of California’s new statewide accountability system. The state was one of the first to publish a report card compliant with the Every Student Succeeds Act.” (more)

How To Talk With Kids About Terrible Things

NPR – Cory Turner

“For the more than 3,000 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Wednesday’s mass shooting was terrifying and life-changing. But what of the tens of millions of other children, in schools across the country, who have since heard about what happened and now struggle with their own feelings of fear, confusion and uncertainty? For their parents and teachers, we’ve put together a quick primer with help from the National Association of School Psychologists and Melissa Reeves, a former NASP president and co-author of its PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention curriculum.” (more)

How best to introduce your child to playing music

The Irish Times – Sheila Wayman

“The most important thing is to develop a culture of music at home, before you even think about lessons, says Andrew Jordan, director of the Newpark Music Centre in south Co Dublin. “Sometimes, people see learning an instrument as something very separate and it’s a kind of ‘tick the box exercise’. Whereas it needs to be in the context of fostering a child’s appreciation of music, playing it at home and going to see live performances.”.” (more)