FIRST STEPS TO CHOOSING YOUR CHILD’S NEXT SCHOOL

FIRST STEPS TO CHOOSING YOUR CHILD’S NEXT SCHOOL When considering an alternative school for your child, one of the most effective ways to narrow down the wide range of options available is to reflect on what your core educational values are, and to list the academic and social objectives you have for the perfect educational experience. This list will provide you with a solid framework to refer to as you evaluate and explore other school choices. Your values might include a caring, nurturing environment, high academic standards, strong emphasis on sports, innovative arts or technology…

Home Practice Ideas for the Reluctant Reader

  Home Practice Ideas for the Reluctant Reader Daily reading for young children, either for personal enjoyment or to reinforce developing reading skills, is something that parents should encourage and support. ‘Reluctant Readers’ are a curious group, as there are several reasons why a child may appear to be unwilling, or hesitant to read. For some children, avoidance is the objective, as reading is a difficult task for them, which provides little enjoyment or sense of satisfaction. For others who have become so attuned to instant responses from their handheld devices, may lack either the…

Five Things Parents Wish Teachers Will Do

Five Things Parents Wish Teachers Will Do All too often educators have focused their attention on what parents should be doing to support their child’s educational experience as school.  The most effective school environment is based on a team approach – a team which includes teachers, students and their parents and that there be open, honest and clear 3-way communication for greatest success.  It is often forgotten that one of the roles of a parent is as an advocate for their child, and that parents need to be listened to and their concerns recognized as…

RESET THE NEW YEAR!

RESET THE NEW YEAR! The New Year is well underway! Many of us made resolutions with all good intentions, but have already given up on some of them. This year, why not try something new? Consider preparing a gratitude list for the many gifts you already have. We should all be grateful and appreciate the good things in our lives, and remember that we are enough, and that we were born with enough of everything we need to succeed in life. Realistic intentions to enhance the best of who we are can be as simple…

A ROCK, A TREE, OR A STAR

A ROCK, A TREE, OR A STAR How does one cope, whether a student or a parent, with the disappointment of not being chosen for an ‘ideal’ try-out placement? How does one trust that the instructor made a fair and unbiased choice? The success for an individual in these particular situations is in learning how to deal with disappointment, self-esteem issues, the resulting emotions and the opportunity within the disappointment! School concert times are upon us again, and casting decisions become the hot focus of discussion both in and outside of school. Reactions by students…