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Saturday, May 30, 2020
Here’s How Much Time Kids Should Spend on ‘Remote Learning’

Here’s How Much Time Kids Should Spend on ‘Remote Learning’

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Photo: ShutterstockThere has been, understandably, a lot of parental handwringing over this whole learn-from-home situation (I still refuse to call what we’re doing right now “homeschooling”). Up and down my social media feeds, parents are worrying that they’re failing their children academically during the pandemic because they’re also working from home, or they’re working outside…
Create a Daytime Academic Schedule for Kids Stuck at Home Right Now

Create a Daytime Academic Schedule for Kids Stuck at Home Right...

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Photo: ShutterstockAs schools around the country close and parents scramble to either work from home or find child care, it can be easy to view this as one big, long snow day. Prop ‘em in front of the TV with some snacks and ride it out. But experts agree that the best thing parents can…
Start a ‘Walking School Bus’ in Your Neighborhood

Start a ‘Walking School Bus’ in Your Neighborhood

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Photo: ShutterstockAt nine years old, my son and his friends most often crave two things: more independence and more time to hang out. We also happen to be in that in-between distance from our home to his school—we live too close to qualify for school-bus pick-up, but too far for me to feel comfortable with…
Seattle School Superintendent On Her District’s Coronavirus Response

Seattle School Superintendent On Her District’s Coronavirus Response

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Denise Juneau, superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, about how schools are preparing for future potential spread of the novel coronavirus.
How to Prepare for Your Child’s IEP Meeting

How to Prepare for Your Child’s IEP Meeting

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Photo: ShutterstockParenting a child with an identified learning disability is an exercise in frequent and sustained advocacy. And perhaps one of the most confusing things these parents will have to navigate is the IEP—or Individualized Education Program—process. That’s the specialized educational to-do list parents and schools create to make sure a child with a disability…
Get Your Kid Talking About Their Day With This Question

Get Your Kid Talking About Their Day With This Question

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Photo: ShutterstockIt’s the refrain heard round the world every afternoon or early evening. Parents everywhere are asking, “How was school?” And their children are responding, “Fine,” much more concerned with procuring a snack and a good TV show than chatting about their day. We, the parents, try to get creative. We switch it up. We…
What to Do If You Think Your Child Is Color Blind

What to Do If You Think Your Child Is Color Blind

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Little kids are learning so much in their earliest years. They’re learning to walk and talk and identify all sorts of things—people, animals, numbers, letters and colors. And it turns out that the way we use colors in English—typically prenominally, or before nouns—doesn’t help. We tend to say, “There’s a blue car,” rather than, “there’s…
Assist Your Kid Discover Sight Words With This Technique

Assist Your Kid Discover Sight Words With This Technique

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Photo: Shutterstock Kindergarteners have a lot on their plate. They’re getting adept at recognizing letters and numbers, they’re counting in sequence, they’re learning how to sound out words and then they’re learning that many words in English can’t actually be “sounded out.” Words like “their,” “know,” “who” and “does” are among approximately 100 words they…
Should You Decide Your Kid Out of Research?

Should You Decide Your Kid Out of Research?

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Our kids have really long days. By sheer scheduling necessity, they’re often at school before we’re at work and they’re still there while we rush home to pick them up. Then they’ve got Girl Scouts or basketball practice or piano lessons. They’ve got to eat, they’ve got to get at least semi-clean before bed, they’ve…
What to Teach Children Rather of ‘Practice Makes Perfect’

What to Teach Children Rather of ‘Practice Makes Perfect’

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Photo: Shutterstock “Practice makes perfect” was never a very good saying. Let me tell you—I practiced playing the clarinet a lot as a kid, and then even more as a teenager, and I never got anywhere near perfect. The sentiment, though, that we only get better at a thing by practicing that thing is still…

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