Now that fall is here, I’ve been craving great reads for me and my girls. Below are a few fall books we love. Favorite Fall Childrens Books: Woo! the Not-So-Scary Ghost by Ana Martin Larranaga Recommended Age: 2-7 Poor little Woo! He wants to be a Big Ghost. Little ones will like this silly (not […]
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to know algebra to help your child succeed in high school. In fact, research by Professor Nancy Hill of Harvard University, shows,that when parents helped teens to do their homework it actually had a negative effect!
Research shows that parents can have a big impact by creating a structured, well-supported environment at home. The developmental needs of children, and the school environments vary considerably at different grade levels. Nonetheless, the tips I’ll share below apply to ages.
Based on this analysis, let’s just assume we agree: Too much homework — BAD; Well-designed homework — GOOD. But what does well designed homework look like?
What is the appropriate amount of homework? How much time should students be spending to do homework? What kids of tasks are meaningful for student learning? How much should families help?
(This is the third and final blog post on becoming a school volunteer. Click here to see the previous post in this series.) By now, I know you are dying to help out at you child’s school. So, how do you start? The best place to get started is by attending you school’s open house, […]
(This is the second blog post on becoming a school volunteer. Click here to see the first in this series.) So you’ve made the decision to get involved at your child’s school… but how do you start? Let’s face it, unless you’re Betty Crocker, baking, wrapping, and selling 500 cookies can make even the most […]
(This article is the first in a series of three on becoming a school volunteer.) Let’s face it, with school budgets shrinking and teacher workload increasing, it is growing more and more important for all of us to get involved in our children’s schools. But I’m not writing this article to list the positive outcomes […]
Can you believe it? In only TEN more days, on August 15th, 2011, SFUSD students will start their first day of school. Based on my experience as a mom and teacher, I’ve put together a list of 5 easy ways families can prepare their child for a successful school year! The countdown for school begins now! […]
San Francisco families of four and five-year olds will be the first to benefit from the district’s new enrollment system. This fall, incoming kindergarten applicants will receive preferential placement if they live within neighborhood school “attendance areas.” Here’s an excerpt from the SFUSD website: ———- SFUSD Application Deadline: “New Elementary Attendance Areas for San Francisco […]