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Three Causes of Behavior Change

by Lori Sciame October 22nd, 2014 | Behavior, Big Kids, Elementary
boy-477010_1280When a child's behavior suddenly changes, it can be a tumultuous time.  A previously sweet, outgoing young boy becomes sullen - barely leaving his room, or a smart, interested girl suddenly seems angry all the time.  What accounts for these sudden changes?  Let's explore three possibilities.

1.  Sexual Abuse

No parent wants to believe his or her child has become a victim of sexual abuse, but it happens -- all too often.  Even if a parent works diligently to protect his child from sexual predators, they may still be lurking.

Consider these statistics from the United States Department of Justice:

  • As many as
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How to Juggle After School Activities

by Margot F. October 15th, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, School
Child choir competition-2With school in session, many parents are interested in signing their child up for extra-curricular activities. Given everyone’s busy schedule, how do parents juggle working, childcare and after school activities?

Organization is important. Children at any age can help manage their own schedules.

In Kindergarten, printing a monthly calendar which is put in the child’s room helps the child know when they are in school or staying home for the weekend. Because most five- and six-year-olds cannot read yet, it is helpful to use picture symbols for “school” and “home”. As reading ability improves, the symbols can be replaced with the
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How to Start a Successful Kid-Focused Business

by Editorial Team October 13th, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary
party hatDo you still feel like a big kid even though you're an adult? And do you have an entrepreneurial spirit and a genuine love of business? Then you can be your own boss by starting up your own kid-focused business. With so many successful companies out there catering to the needs and wants of kids of all ages, from babies to teens, there's a niche out there for everyone.

Continue reading for a few tips on how to start a successful kid-focused business of your own.

Choose a Niche

The first step is determining your niche and your demographic. Will you be
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Elementary Safety & the Enterovirus

by Ronald A. Rowe October 1st, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, Safety
district-210976_1280Enterovirus 68 is sweeping its way across the USA.  While Enterovirus is a legitimate threat, there has been some hysteria and misinformation surrounding the current outbreak.  With so many, often contradictory, stories floating about, how can we keep our children (and ourselves) safe from the enterovirus?  In order to sort the fact from the fiction, here are some straight truths about the disease.

While it has been often reported that “thousands” of children have been sickened by the disease -- and that may or may not yet prove to be true -- so far there are only 160 cases confirmed
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Common Behavior Problems Solved

by Lori Sciame September 24th, 2014 | Behavior, Big Kids, Elementary
boy-183306_1280Kids will be kids. They are not perfect beings, ones that always behave; therefore, parents must realize every child will misbehave in school or at home at one time or another.  Yet, if there are constant behavioral problems -- repeated time and time again, it's certainly appropriate to take action.  Remember, a child can't learn if he or she spends too much time in the principal's office!

Off Color Language

A elementary aged child may begin to use inappropriate language.  Sometimes this is an attempt to test boundaries or to gain attention.  This behavior should be curtailed as soon as possible.
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Third Grade, Who Knew?

by Jennifer S. Rowe September 17th, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, School
file791271781089Well, parents, here we are again, another summer behind us and the new school year, right here, right now! Wow, time really does fly by, and if you have elementary age kids, there can be a number of things to juggle at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year.

I happen to have a wonderful and energetic eight-year-old in the first few weeks of the third grade and to be honest, we got off to a fairly rough start! Right around a week before classes started, I began to notice my son’s attitude change, and not for the
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Back to School Safety

by Ronald A. Rowe September 3rd, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, Safety
file0001676024565It is back to school time.  Time to overcome a whole summer’s worth of atrophy when it comes to certain rules and guidelines that only apply during the school year.  Three months may have flown by according to your adult sensibilities but to a child that is a proportionately huge chunk of their memorable life to date.  Be sure to review safety guidelines with your child before he or she returns to school.

Transportation:  One major area to address is transportation safety.  The specifics will vary from situation to situation but every child needs to get to school somehow.  Whether
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Behavior Charts: Valuable for Children?

by Lori Sciame August 28th, 2014 | Behavior, Elementary
gold stars"I earned a gold star!"  That simple statement sums up third grade for me.  I loved my teacher, and I worked diligently all year to earn gold stars for specific accomplishments - both social and academic.  For me, as a result of that experience, behavior/task charts became a great internal motivator. Even in college I made my own "charts" to record each test grade, each A acting as another gold star.

However, some of my peers in third grade earned few stars.  They struggled with the process for various reasons.  The result of this struggle might have been a feeling
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Is Montessori School Education Good for Your Child?

by Margot F. August 20th, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, School
schoolkidsWhile Montessori preschools are common, there are only a few Montessori elementary schools and usually just in large urban centres. This is unfortunate because with beautiful learning materials and a structured programme to teach academics, many children would benefit from this system. What is the Montessori philosophy and is it appropriate for your child?

Maria Montessori (1870 - 1952) was an Italian physician best known for her educational philosophy. Early in her medical career, she worked with children who were disabled due to physical limitations, mental disability or illness. By closely observing the children, she recognized certain developmental stages and
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