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Preschool Writing Skills

by T Akery November 27th, 2012| Preschool
By kindergarten, preschoolers are expected to know how to write their name. It isn't expected to be perfect but all the letters should be recognizable and in the right order. One of the tasks for preschool teachers is getting them to practice their name. It can be easy if

How to Fall Asleep When You Can’t

by Sam P. November 26th, 2012| Teens
We have all been in this position. Whether it's because you have an exciting day tomorrow, or just had too much caffeine before bed and can't sleep, it is insanely annoying. There are numerous things you can do if you can't sleep. A few things that have always helped

Three Competencies for Tweens

by Lori Sciame November 26th, 2012| Tweens
Teetering on the brink of being teens, tweens must be competent in three areas before they hit middle school. These competencies will help any child develop the fortitude to resist negative peer pressure -- pressure that can come in the form of sexual activity, drug use, and other unhealthy

Out of the Mouths of Babes

by Ronald A. Rowe November 22nd, 2012| Elementary
Tonight, as I struggled with a major life decision, my 11-year-old son sensed the tension in my manner. I explained to him my dilemma -- it was the good kind of dilemma in which I was forced to choose the better of two good options -- and he gave

Tweens Helping Out With Thanksgiving

by T Akery November 21st, 2012| Tweens
Thanksgiving is a time for families. To truly turn it into a family affair, ask your tween to help out. Not only does it take some of the stress off of you, tweens will feel that they are included even though they may protest about actually contributing to the

Baby Name Books: The Lighter Side

by Jane Wangersky November 20th, 2012| Pregnancy
Baby name books have come a long way since they consisted of alphabetized lists found in tiny booklets in the checkout lane at the supermarket, or in the back of the unabridged dictionary. They've even come a long way since Beyond Jennifer and Jason. Now you can get whole

Predicament: Brother and Sister Growing Apart

by Editorial Team November 19th, 2012| Parenting Predicament
My 15-year-old daughter, who has always enjoyed a great relationship with her 17-year-old brother, is very upset when he is on the computer playing games with his friends. She says she misses him. Today we came back from a visit at a friend of hers and as soon as

Solution: Talking After Timeout

by Playroom Supervisors November 16th, 2012| Parenting Predicament
I read that when you put a child in time out, you shouldn't talk about the problem behavior anymore once the time out is over. But what if he's too out of control to listen to me while he's actually doing it and being put in time out?

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3 Ways to Develop the Self

by Lori Sciame November 15th, 2012| Preschool
Preschoolers love everything about their bodies. For instance, they enjoy making faces at themselves in the mirror just to see how many different expressions they can convey -- sad, happy, mad, goofy, and scared. They may also stare in amazement at their hands as soon as they realize how

Winter Safety for Toddlers

by T Akery November 14th, 2012| Infants/Toddlers
With temperatures dropping and the approach of the winter season, toddlers often get restricted to playing indoors. This is also the time of year that the heat gets turned on, space heaters are pulled out, wood stoves get lit, and numerous other home hazards appear. Wintertime can turn into

Not Sleeping: From the Teen’s View

by Jacob P. November 13th, 2012| Teen Perspective, Teens
Sleep and I are not exactly best friends. I am frequented by nights in which I have trouble falling asleep or am not tired when it's time to go to bed. As I write, it is 2:32 AM and I am not tired at all. My story is a

Online Encyclopedias a Great Resource

by Lori Sciame November 12th, 2012| Elementary
For years, elementary children across the United States relied on a cumbersome set of encyclopedias for information on the world around them. In fact, in hundreds of thousands of households, having a set of encyclopedias on a shelf in the living room had great meaning -- basically that the