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3 Necessary Social Skills

by Lori Sciame May 16th, 2023| Elementary, Social
Children need to learn a variety of social skills to be able to fit in with their peers.  These many skills are critical in the development of a young person's self worth.  As suggested by Social Skills Central, "failure to make friends can have a significant impact on a

Elementary Playdates- A Vital Activity

by YPI Editors October 17th, 2022| Elementary, Social
The term playdate is a modern term. Even just thirty years ago, children just played with the other children in their neighborhood. Walk down the street, knock on the door, go outside and play, repeat. Sure, it still happens, but more likely than not, playing with a friend involves some
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4 Easy Ways to Increase a Child’s Sociability

by Lori Sciame September 27th, 2021| Elementary, Social
Being able to relate to others is a skill set all children must develop. Basically, being sociable will enhance a child's life in many ways, including performing better in school.  All parents, then, should assist their children with developing people skills.  Read this post to learn four easy ways

Firefly Picnic: Eat and Play Under the Stars

by Tania Cowling July 20th, 2016| Elementary, Social
Summer is the perfect season for picnics. We mostly think of lunches spread on a blanket in the sunshine, but why not plan an evening dinner picnic under the stars and in search of fireflies? Elementary-aged kiddos are roaring to stay up late and romp around the backyard in the

3 Ways to Prepare Your Child to be Around Older Children

by Joe Lawrence June 1st, 2016| Elementary, Social
One of the challenges we will face as parents is the integration of our children into older crowds. As they go off to elementary school, they are primarily with their peers but still have many interactions with older kids from other grades. As parents this can create some challenges and
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Does Your Child Know Beverly Cleary and Ramona?

by Tania Cowling April 13th, 2016| Elementary, Social
Most elementary-aged children know of the Ramona series written by Beverly Cleary. If not, it’s time to introduce them to this book character and the author who created books revolving around Ramona’s life. Ramona Quimby is eight years old and in the third grade. Her parents juggle work and school,
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Pinterest Is Creating New Social Norms

by Joe Lawrence February 24th, 2016| Elementary, Social
Pinterest is ruining the world. At least that is the feeling many elementary school parents get these days. All of these ideas are actually pushing new social norms, and we need to know when enough is enough.

Recently, my daughter had a Valentine’s Day party at school, and my wife volunteered
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What to Teach Children About Fighting

by Joe Lawrence December 9th, 2015| Elementary, Social
“I do not want to see you starting a fight, but you better end it!” This was the advice of my father when I was in school; however, is it still relevant today?

I was am the youngest of five and have three older brothers, fighting was not a foreign
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3 Social Skills Learned from Sports

by Joe Lawrence October 7th, 2015| Elementary, Social
Social skills are something that everyone needs to survive in this world today. It is especially important to learn them while in elementary school. This is why sports and extra-curricular activities are a great thing.

It is amazing to think that my kindergartner has a more active social life than
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How to Empower Your Kindergartner Socially

by Joe Lawrence July 1st, 2015| Elementary, Social
Elementary school is where social skills truly begin to develop in our little ones. We are no longer hovering above them and they are forced to figure out things on their own. However, there are some guidelines we can give them to ensure they are not in a complete
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Dogs for Kids Who Have Allergies

by Tania Cowling May 20th, 2015| Elementary, Social
I love dogs but my nose says otherwise and the same with my kids who have allergies. But, this doesn’t always mean you can’t have a pet. We have been adopting Greyhounds and this dog is working well with us. The allergic reactions to pets can be anywhere from
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Kids Can Start a Garden Indoors

by Tania Cowling March 25th, 2015| Elementary, Social
When “cabin fever” gives way to “spring fever”, we all feel energized. It’s that “start something time of the year”—a garden could be just that project. An activity where parents and kids can bond and socialize. When the frost is gone, a small plot of ground in a sunny