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Homework Solution #3: Organization

By fourth grade it can be helpful for a child to use a homework notebook. This is a place to jot down homework assignments, due dates and materials as needed. If your child is struggling with any of these pieces, you might ask his teacher to spot check the lists. It can also be helpful to have a … [Read More...]

Homework Solution #2: Place

Another common homework battle is over place. The goal is a well stocked, well lit space with a good table or desk and a comfortable something for reading. Well stocked means having everything your child might need for homework for the year. In elementary school this might be pencils, erasers, wide … [Read More...]

Homework Solution #1: Time

The most common homework concerns are related to time, space and organization. I am linking three blog posts with the aim to answer each. There isn't a best time to do homework, just several options. The idea is to find what fits your family best for now. There are some children who just want it … [Read More...]

Separation Anxiety Tips (from CDS with notes for other schools)

Separation anxiety is fairly common in the toddler and preschool years. It is most likely to happen in response to the start of a new school year as it is a change in caregivers, setting, peer activity and schedule all at once. Goodbye rituals can be helpful. When my girls were little we had two … [Read More...]

Providing a Foundation for Academic Success in Preschool Friendly Ways

I am firmly in the learning through play camp when it comes to preschoolers and early academics. Done in a good way, this doesn't mean just let them play and they'll be ready. It means thoughtfully providing academic experiences in fun, engaging and play based ways. Early Literacy Skills to Keep in … [Read More...]

Providing Children a Sense of Community

I am aging myself here, I was a child in the 1970s. We knocked on doors to ask friends to play, rode bikes unsupervised and stayed out until the street lights came on. Starting in Kindergarten I walked to elementary school with other kids from my street. As a tween, I earned money babysitting and … [Read More...]

Encouraging Children’s Empathy

Empathy is the understanding of or sensitivity to others feelings and experiences. It is a developing trait across childhood and can greatly vary between children based on age, predisposition and experiences. There are several ways parents can coach the component pieces of emotion language and … [Read More...]

Fine Motor Play Ideas with Preschoolers

Pincer Grasp Pennies in a piggy bank Tweezers to move cotton balls between bowls Eye droppers to move water between bowls (or painting with colored water) Moving toothpicks between bowls or play Pick Up Sticks Golf tee games Small pieces of food for snack Original Colorforms and … [Read More...]