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How was recess today?

In our family, we've been working on kindness. And because we are focused on that, I get to hear about recess a lot.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 7, 2016 at 6:31am — No Comments

Getting a call from the teacher

During our parent-teacher conference with my son's teacher, my husband and I did our best to ask the questions we had about homework, behavior, areas of improvement and strengths to develop for our son. (We did not ask about the brightly colored emails.) We did make sure that she knew that if there were any problems, we wanted…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 23, 2016 at 7:20am — No Comments

The words that are off-limits

When my son was in preschool, he came home with the announcement that one of his friends got in trouble at school for saying a bad word. As nonchalantly as I could, I asked what the bad word was. As quietly as possible, he said, "hate."…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 14, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

What do you mean "lockdown"?

My son came home from school talking about how they had a lockdown drill. I didn't know what that was. He explained the procedure they followed to lock themselves in a classroom and to stay out of sight "in case a burglar or bad person" came into the school.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 11, 2016 at 6:36am — No Comments

Reading program in school

My son has fear in reading. The worst part of his school was reading. Well still it is. He said the teachers don't let them play all time, sometime he had to study too, so school isn't 100% good time pass.
Recently his school started a reading program. So, from now on everyday they give some books to the students to pic up according their choice and then take it at home. Every night parent's duty is to sit the kids with their given book and let them read by themselves unless…
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Added by Shahana Shafiuddin on October 30, 2016 at 5:35pm — No Comments

6 Tips for Returning Back to School as a Parent

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Added by Joi Light on October 5, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Getting to know your child's teacher

This year, I am going to be better prepared.



In Kindergarten, I wasn't fully involved in the one (and only) parent-teacher conference I had with my son's teacher. I (somewhat naively) thought we would have more than one conference. But we didn't. And I missed my chance.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 5, 2016 at 6:46am — No Comments

Learning how to play at recess

Every evening at dinner I like to ask my son what he did at school. If I am lucky, I will ask the specific enough question to get him to tell me about an actual event that happened (instead of getting the "I don't know" or "it was good" stock answer). I love it when he tells me about his day, and it is worth it to figure out the right series of questions to get him to talk about it - suddenly a whole world of information will come out of…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 21, 2016 at 6:48am — No Comments

Learning how to play at recess

Every evening at dinner I like to ask my son what he did at school. If I am lucky, I will ask the specific enough question to get him to tell me about an actual event that happened (instead of getting the "I don't know" or "it was good" stock answer). I love it when he tells me about his day, and it is worth it to figure out the right series of questions to get him to talk about it - suddenly a whole world of information will come out of…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 21, 2016 at 6:48am — No Comments

He's got his Father's eyes and his Mother's algebra skills

As mentioned on this blog before, math and I have had a rocky relationship. I try not to talk to my son about it though. He is still young enough that I want him to acquire his own likes and dislikes at school. (So far: He doesn't like music class, but all the rest are fine. That makes sense to me - my son has never been much of a singer.)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 7, 2016 at 7:07am — No Comments

Your Game Plan to Ace Your Tween's School Open House

New backpacks are getting worn in.

The new shoes are a bit scuffed.

The mounds of paperwork are flowing in, your hand is probably tired from signing your name so much.

Right in the middle of the pile of paperwork is the notice for this year's Open House.

Ok, don't panic. This is a different year, new teacher and you have a new opportunity to get a new game plan for this year's Open House.

This year's open house is…

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Added by Tiffany Benyacko on September 5, 2016 at 5:18pm — No Comments

Redesigning the school year

My son has caught me in a technicality.



The problem is that I told him camp lasted all summer but he knows that summer lasts through most of September. I failed to tell him the difference between "school summer" and "seasonal summer."…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 5, 2016 at 7:32am — 3 Comments

Redesigning the school year

My son has caught me in a technicality.



The problem is that I told him camp lasted all summer but he knows that summer lasts through most of September. I failed to tell him the difference between "school summer" and "seasonal summer."…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 5, 2016 at 7:32am — No Comments

I am not interested in doing homework

The other day I reminded my son that camp would be over soon, and it would be time for him to return to school.



He frowned at me.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 22, 2016 at 6:25am — No Comments

How to Keep Your Latchkey Preteen Safe this School Year

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It’s back-to-school time again, and if you are working full-time outside of the home then you may be faced with…

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Added by MamaMadHatter on August 18, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

You gotta know when to push them (part 2)

On Monday, I shared some of the ways that I push my son so he learns about money and doesn't give up on trying new things. And that is all fine and dandy. But the real challenge for me will be pushing him academically without become a crazy, overbearing Mom in the process.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 10, 2016 at 6:28am — No Comments

Getting sick at daycare

My son started daycare at 6 weeks old. I remember the heartbreak of leaving him (he was so little!) and the relief of picking him up on that first day (he had gotten bigger!). I did love that facility - the nurturing attitude, the brightly lit rooms, the web cameras for me to check in on him throughout the day.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on June 8, 2016 at 6:34am — No Comments

Reading for reading's sake

My son is a reader. He loves to visit our secondhand bookshop to get new books, he reads on his own all the time and he tells me that his current chapter books are too easy. (Am I bragging a little here? Yes.)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 7, 2016 at 6:36am — No Comments

Leaving the cereal on the shelf

I ate breakfast every morning when I was little - oatmeal in the winter, cereal in the warmer months, pancakes or waffles on the weekends. Breakfast was, after all, the most important meal of the day. I probably needed that meal to sustain me as the nuns were not going to let us eat again until lunch at 12:30.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on May 17, 2016 at 6:26am — No Comments

Returning to pen and paper

I still use pen and paper for a lot of things: Shopping lists, stories for my other blog, notes at work and planning events. Since I went to college when laptops weren't a thing, it still feels more natural for me to take notes with pen and paper than by typing them. Also, I feel that I tend to remember things better if I write them down.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 29, 2016 at 6:20am — No Comments

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