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Thursday, December 3, 2020
Learning Curve: We Meet A Mother Of 4 As The School Year Begins

Learning Curve: We Meet A Mother Of 4 As The School...

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NPR's Rachel Martin talks to a single mother in Charlotte, N.C., as her four children try to get online for their remote classes.
Learning Curve: One Las Vegas Family On Pivoting To Remote Learning

Learning Curve: One Las Vegas Family On Pivoting To Remote Learning

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The learning curve for families and educators this year is a big one. We hear from the Munoz family in Las Vegas about what their first week of remote school was like.
Finally, Tools to Help You Decide What to Do About School

Finally, Tools to Help You Decide What to Do About School

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Photo: Cynthia Farmer (Shutterstock)If you’re still wondering and debating what you’re going to do about school this fall, you’re not alone. For many parents, the deadline to choose among their options—whether it be in-person, all virtual or a hybrid of both—is days away. We’re all weighing the physical risks against mental concerns and the logistical…
How to Create a Learning Space for Kids at Home

How to Create a Learning Space for Kids at Home

Photo: nelea33 (Shutterstock)There is a very good chance our kids will spend at least part (or most, or all) of their week learning virtually from home after the school year starts back up this fall. And although we managed to make it through the spring with makeshift learning spaces where they completed their sporadic assignments…
How to Talk to Kids About Schools Reopening (or Not)

How to Talk to Kids About Schools Reopening (or Not)

Photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock)It is, somehow, already the end of July, which means some of our kids are mere weeks away from returning to the classroom—or not. School districts across the country are announcing back to school plans that are either fully in person, fully online or some hybrid of the two. Our kids want to…
How to Start Your Own Learning ‘Co-Op’ at Home

How to Start Your Own Learning ‘Co-Op’ at Home

Photo: FamVeld (Shutterstock)Usually, the choices are pretty straightforward—kids either go to school to learn, or they are homeschooled. Usually, at least one of these two basic options fits with your family’s lifestyle or your child’s needs. Until this year. This year, we’re scared for everyone’s physical health if the kids go to school, and we’re…
How to Judge Whether Your School District Is Doing Enough

How to Judge Whether Your School District Is Doing Enough

Photo: Arif_Photolove1990 (Shutterstock)I keep waiting for that moment when the image of what school will look like this fall goes from murky as hell to something at least sort of visible. In-person schooling comes with a huge community health risk. All-digital learning is difficult for some students and impossible for others. And some combination of…
Teach Kids to Write Numbers with the ‘Thumb Numbers’ Trick

Teach Kids to Write Numbers with the ‘Thumb Numbers’ Trick

Photo: pkproject (Shutterstock)For some kids, learning how to write numbers can be a real challenge. There are so many to learn! In all kinds of weird shapes! One can see how that would be frustrating. But an occupational therapy assistant may have come up with a method to help those kids out. She has dubbed…
What Are We Going to Do About This Disaster of a School Year?

What Are We Going to Do About This Disaster of a...

As difficult at the spring was, with having our kids home with us all day as we ourselves tried to keep working, it did have a finite feel about it. At the most, it could only go on as long as the rest of the school year, which in my case was just shy of…
Learn How to Teach Your Kids Life Skills With This Free Webinar

Learn How to Teach Your Kids Life Skills With This Free...

Photo: Rawpixel.com (Shutterstock)Most parents are probably burnt out right now on reviewing math facts and vocabulary words. I, personally, have been mostly focused on making sure my nine-year-old continues to read consistently and gets outdoors enough; beyond that, fine, play Minecraft. But one way we could be taking advantage of this summer is by zeroing…

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