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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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Curbing the Whining in Your Preschooler

by T Akery October 14th, 2014 | Behavior, Little Ones, Preschool
file000565837690Whining is one of those things that can make a parent nuts. The high-pitched whine sets nerves on edge and frays tempers rather quickly. Unfortunately, this is one of the stages they go through. In a sense, it is a transitional phase from the temper tantrums. But it can get overwhelming really fast when your Preschooler decides they especially want something. So, here are some ways to try and deal with it.

One way you can try coping with whining is to recognize when they are cranky for a specific reason. If they are hungry, thirsty or need a nap,
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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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The Best Homemade Books for Babes

by Tania Cowling September 22nd, 2014 | Development, Infants/Toddlers, Little Ones
_ICT0756-01The best books for young children have large, realistic pictures of items the child sees every day. These may help early toddlers who are just beginning to talk to learn new words. And children really enjoy using books made especially for them. They like to help choose the pictures for these easy-to-make books. Here are some ideas to get you started; my children and grandchildren love them!

The simplest books are made from copy paper and have a construction paper cover. They can be stapled together, but be sure to cover the staple completely, covering both sides with duct tape
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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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Encouraging Your Preschooler’s Independence

by T Akery September 16th, 2014 | Behavior, Little Ones, Preschool
DSCN0249Your Preschooler is at the age where their skills are developing. While you are still tempted to baby them at that age, they really can handle doing things for themselves. While some Preschoolers are naturally independent, some are just a bit more reluctant to take on the mantle of becoming a more independent kid. At this age, there are some things they can and should do for themselves. These skills vary depending on your Preschooler but helping them master them is a part of helping them growing up.

To help encourage them to dress themselves, you can ask them to
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Playing It S.A.F.E. on the Playground

by Ronald A. Rowe August 6th, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, Safety
p0908 013According to the National Program for Playground Safety, almost 220,000 children are injured on playgrounds each year.  That’s about 600 playground-related injuries each and every day in the United States of America.  That does not include every scraped elbow or bruised knee.  That total includes only injuries significant enough to require emergency room care.  While many of the injuries involved preschool children, elementary schoolers suffered their fair share as well.  Forty-six percent of the injured were elementary age and the average age of all children reporting injuries was six.

The most common playground injury came from falling
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