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Learning to Lose

by Ronald A. Rowe October 27th, 2010| Elementary
Self-esteem is the rallying cry in education in the 21st Century. T-Ball teams no longer keep score. Single elimination playoffs are out of vogue. Chess club now gives "participant" trophies to every member. Schools have removed the stigmatizing "F" from failing papers and replaced with a somehow-less-esteem-destroying "U".

In all


by Ronald A. Rowe October 13th, 2010| Elementary
One of the hardest things to teach young people is teamwork. The strongest children - whether we're talking about football skills, academic knowledge, memorizing Bible verses, or just about any other skill set - tend to want to do it all themselves. They know that they can do it

Music Appreciation

by Ronald A. Rowe September 27th, 2010| Elementary
Music is an important part of a child's development. Learning to play a musical instrument has many benefits. It provides a creative outlet, which is sorely needed for children growing up in the age of hand-held video games. It requires discipline, also in short supply in era of the

No Pressure Part II

by Ronald A. Rowe September 13th, 2010| Elementary
Several devoted readers have asked about my son, Max, and his long-awaited test with the school psychologist. I appreciate the concern on two fronts: 1) It's always nice to know that people are taking an interest in my son and 2) I


by Ronald A. Rowe September 1st, 2010| Elementary
When do we lose the childlike ability to sleep through just about anything? Somewhere along the way in our journey to adulthood, we make the choice to stop giving ourselves fully to sleep. We refuse to let go of a partial sense of awareness even in the midst of

Children Are a Reflection of Us

by Joe Lawrence August 25th, 2010| Elementary
We all want our children to grow up to be well adjusted adults in this crazy world. I even have an image of the type of woman I want my daughter to be. However, if I don't model the person I'm hoping for, 18 years from now will I

Back to School Time

by Ronald A. Rowe August 18th, 2010| Elementary
It's that time again. The bittersweet time of year when we send the kiddos back off to school. Time to check off the list of to do's before we drop them off for the first day.

1) Back to school shopping. Timing is everything. Many states are now offering


by Louise August 2nd, 2010| Elementary
There are not too many memories I have retained from my first year in elementary school, but making origami models is certainly one of them. One of my mother's friends came into the classroom to teach us about origami. Ori means "folding" while kami means "paper." Quite literally, it

Do Politics and Children Mix?

by Ronald A. Rowe July 26th, 2010| Elementary
Do children and politics mix? The obvious answer would seem to be "no," but the issue is a little more complicated than that. Consider that their opinions are going to be shaped by someone - books, movies, TV, friends, teachers - shouldn't we be at the forefront

Tiny Titans

by Ronald A. Rowe July 23rd, 2010| Elementary, Product reviews
Tiny Titans is a monthly comic book published by DC Comics. It was recently awarded the Harvey Award for Best Children's Comic, and with good reason. Tiny Titans succeeds where so many other early education tools fail: kids want to read it.

For those unfamiliar with the concept, the Teen

Summertime Is So DEAR

by Michele July 14th, 2010| Elementary
It's the fourth week of summer vacation, and the kids are enjoying the leisurely pace. There's no reason to rush through the morning routine and no need to keep a strict handle on bedtimes. With no homework and no school, each day finds its own rhythm, typically with a

Vacation Rules

by Ronald A. Rowe July 12th, 2010| Elementary
We all struggle to maintain the balance between discipline and instruction on one side and letting kids be kids on the other. I think I've struck a balance that works for me and for my family - under normal circumstances. But what about circumstances that would best be described