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Six Tips for Boosting Kids' School Achievement (and Their Confidence)
Here is one of today’s little secrets: Tweens and teens can become dependent on parents to the point that they fear they can’t make the grade without parental help. Some well-meaning parents put their children’s papers into a word-processing program’s editing mode, and all the teen has to do is “accRead More »
At ParentMap, we’re proud to present the best, the latest and the most relevant details on events, activities and everything else you ever wanted to know about kids — infants through teens. But few topics pique parent interest the way education does. In this year’s LearningMap, you’ll discover howRead More »
Homework: Set Your Kids up for Success
“Let’s start the school year right,” you tell your child each fall. “It’s time to buckle down and establish good study habits. For starters, lose the Xbox and the remote control. And while you’re at it, color-coordinate your notebooks, keep an assignment checklist and label your folders.”At least thRead More »
Handwriting and Literacy: Does Your Child Have the ‘Write’ Stuff?
A few years ago, Seattle parents Michelle Lewis and Henry Underhill noticed that their 5-year-old son did not seem interested in learning letters or their sounds. At that same time, the boy’s 3-year-old brother was trying to write his name. The parents saw the difference, but at first they weren’t tRead More »
Multiple Methods for Teaching Math ... And Still Counting
There are few subjects more apt to generate heart palpitations and sweaty palms than math. For many of us, math is a time bomb of anxiety — loaded with memories of standing before a blackboard, clutching a piece of chalk and wondering if spontaneous human combustion was a viable option. Today’s elemRead More »
Who’s Got the Beat? Music Programs Enrich Schools
Photo credit: Will Austin As a child, Heather Arnold moved frequently, attending at least 12 different schools between kindergarten and graduation. Finding continuity in the face of so much change was difficult, but she found solace in the music departments at her schools. “By taking part inRead More »
Test Stress: Getting Those Scores to Soar
Algebra quizzes. Standardized tests. SATs. Like it or not, tests count. Everything that goes on in a classroom is influenced by test performance, says Kathleen Vasquez, literacy and social studies program manager for Seattle Public Schools. “I tell underperforming kids, ‘Try your very best on everyRead More »
Homeschooling and Technology: The Allure for Modern Families
If Seattle dad Mike Beery knows his way around pixels and PhotoShop, it’s no surprise; he’s a seasoned graphic designer. More surprising is the fact that he manages his business alongside a bustling classroom—granted, the class convenes at his family’s Beacon Hill kitchen table, and the students areRead More »