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Learning Over the Summer

by Joe Lawrence June 3rd, 2024| Elementary, School

"No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers' dirty looks" were the Alice Cooper lyrics I sang as I crossed the threshold from my classroom to the freedom that awaited. Then summer was time for us to dump all that


Parent-Teacher Conferences: Work as a Team

by YPI Editors November 20th, 2023| Elementary, Preschool, School, School, School, School, Teens, Tweens

It's the day of parent-teacher conferences. You arrive a few minutes early and are waiting in the hallway for your turn. You enter the room calm and ready to chat. (If you didn't do both of these things, be sure to


Why Do I Need to Know This?

by Joe Lawrence March 6th, 2023| Elementary, School
“I will never use this again!” This is something we have all said at one point in school. How can we change this mentality in our children?

I mostly had this thought in high school when I would rather talk to my friends than listen to the teacher drone on about
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Questions, Questions

by Ronald A. Rowe November 21st, 2022| Elementary, School
My family and I recently moved to a new part of the country, and with that, there have been many changes. One of the most crucial ones was choosing a new school for our eight year old son. There were many things we were looking for since he came

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Basic Guidelines

by YPI Editors November 5th, 2018| Elementary, Preschool, School, School, School, School, Teens, Tweens
As November begins, many students are finishing the first quarter of the school year. With this demarcation usually comes parent-teacher conferences. As a parent and a former teacher, I have to admit that these conferences can be stressful for both sides of the table. Parents may enter unsure of what

Reversing the Summer Brain Drain

by Tania Cowling August 3rd, 2016| Elementary, School
As we approach a new school year, parents may be wondering if their child is prepped and ready to begin. How much information have they retained? After a long summer vacation, have your children lost one to three months worth of learning? It’s not too late to do some reviewing
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End School With a Fun Learning Plan

by Tania Cowling May 11th, 2016| Elementary, School
As your child ends another school year, the same question comes to mind. Will my young learner retain a school year’s worth of knowledge over the summer? Unfortunately, there are no guarantees they will. When I taught school, parents would ask, “What can we do over the summer to help
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The Elementary Years – Guide With Care

by Gary Hays November 4th, 2015| Elementary, School
Much of a child’s early development takes place not at home, but rather at school, where they spend a great majority of their time, hopefully learning the academics, but more so learning the socialization skills that will ultimately carry them through into their adult lives. Elementary school is where
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3 Tips for Homework Completion

by Joe Lawrence September 23rd, 2015| Elementary, School
Elementary children are bombarded with commitments and responsibilities at an early age. They are being pulled in many directions with extra-curricular activities and home commitments. Not to mention getting daily homework assignments.

To be completely upfront, I am against 90% of the homework assignments that children receive. For the most
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Keeping Elementary Kids Excited for the First Day

by Joe Lawrence July 29th, 2015| Elementary, School

Summer sands are slowly drifting away and we are hearing the faintness of school bells off in the distance. We are now past the midpoint of summer and the new school year is approaching. There are some things we can do to prepare

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All the World is a School

by Ronald A. Rowe April 29th, 2015| Elementary, School
Since this is my last Elementary article here at Your Parenting Info, I’d like to take the occasion to discuss explicitly what I have repeatedly referenced obliquely in the past.  At this age, all the world is a school.  Every day and everywhere you and your child go together,
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3 Fun Ways to Build World Knowledge

by Lori Sciame March 11th, 2015| Elementary, School
Helping a child to learn new things can be great fun.  The process doesn't always have to involve flash cards or worksheets.  If you have an elementary aged child, try one of the following three ways to enrich his or her learning experience.  I guarantee, you'll both have fun