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Helping Your Tween Identify Bad Friends

by T Akery August 7th, 2014 | Behavior, Big Kids, Tweens
DSC_0127Your Tween is often immersed in their own social life. Sometimes, your Tween can pick the wrong friends. While it is important to protect them from bad friendships, it is also important to help them identify when they are in a bad friendship. Learning the difference between a good friendship and a bad friendship will help them later on in life. While they may want to keep these friends, it is important to sit down and help them consider whether their friend is really just an enemy in disguise.

One of the things that you should discuss with your Tween
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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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Surefire Ways to Improve Behavior

by Lori Sciame July 30th, 2014 | Behavior, Big Kids, Elementary
people-220038_640Exasperating ... confusing ... maddening.  These words can run through a parent's mind when contemplating the behavior of his or her elementary aged child.  Being a parent is difficult, but it can become overwhelming if a previously sweet child becomes too much to handle.  There is hope, however, as a parent can employ specific tactics to improve a child's behavior.

Ready to learn how to improve your child's behavior?  Then read this informative post.

The first tactic doesn't take any special knowledge; all it takes is patience.  To begin begin the process of improving behavior, a parent must LISTEN to his
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Bedtime Rituals for Preschoolers

by T Akery July 22nd, 2014 | Behavior, Little Ones, Preschool
young-57480_640The act of getting a Preschooler to bed is a difficult one. Often, they are over-excited by the day's events and, to top it off, have had a nap. But it is important to establish rituals that signal that it is time to calm down and get ready for bedtime. This bedtime routine will help your Preschooler understand that it is time for bed so that they can get all the rest they need for a full day of Preschool tomorrow.

When building up a ritual it is important to define what activities will get your Preschooler in the mood
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Waldorf Preschools Encourage Creativity

by Margot F. July 15th, 2014 | Little Ones, Preschool, School
waldorf school pdWelcome to Waldorf Preschool. Notice the cozy homelike environment complete with curtains, carpets, and lots of natural lighting. The furniture is comfortable and the classroom is well organized. The atmosphere is peaceful, helping the child feel relaxed and free to learn in a supportive environment. The teachers are caring and will remain with your child until Kindergarten at about age seven, when academic instruction will begin. During preschool, emphasis is placed on free play, learning through exploration, and letting children be children.

The Waldorf system is based on the humanistic approach to education designed by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Steiner gave
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Airport Safety for Elementary Kids: Get Them Ready

by Ronald A. Rowe July 9th, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, Safety
file0002043664574Air travel brings us to exciting destinations for summer vacation.  While the destination may be pure joy for your family, the actual day of travel can be stressful, scary, and downright dangerous, especially if you are traveling through unfamiliar territory with young children.  Here are a few tips to help keep your kids safe and yourself sane on the way to grandma and grandpa’s house, or wherever your summer travel may take you.

Bring Gum – The change in air pressure on takeoff and landing can be irritating to adults.  It can be downright torturous to young children.  The action of
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Summer School Rules! Vacation Learning for Tweens

by Lori Sciame July 3rd, 2014 | Big Kids, School, Tweens
file8131249322421Another school year has ended. No more missed school busses or forgotten sack lunches.  No more misplaced backpacks or last minute homework assignments.  It's almost too good to be true ... well, at least for a week or so.  Just when a parent thinks he or she can relax and enjoy the slowed pace of summer, a tween will remark sadly, "I'm bored, and I miss my friends."

While tweens (and parents) enjoy some aspects of being free of the school routine, they miss much about it as well.  After being occupied each day, and after being with friends constantly,
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4 Tips to Improve Concentration in Elementary Kids

by Lori Sciame July 2nd, 2014 | Behavior, Big Kids, Elementary
read-316507_640Parents of elementary age children understand the concept of perpetual motion.  The reason: their children never stop moving.  Children this age literally jump, wiggle, twist, run, skip and twirl through each day.  They can be exhausting to watch, let alone keep up with.  In addition, being unable to settle down and concentrate can have a negative effect on their behavior and learning ability.

While helping an elementary age child to learn how to concentrate on a task may seem impossible, it's actually not that hard to do.  Try the following tips to help your child develop all-important concentration skills.

1.  Exercise,
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Community Helpers Work to Keep Our Kids Safe

by Tania Cowling July 1st, 2014 | Little Ones, Preschool, Safety
SDRandCo (77)Sometimes people need help, even our children. Isn’t it nice to know that many of our community helpers are there to help the children? It is our job as parents to teach our children that there are people whose jobs are to help keep them safe. Preschoolers can learn basic safety guidelines by understanding what police, firefighters, and weather forecasters do when they are working. Begin this learning process by reading about these community helpers via books, discuss what you read, and do a few activities to implement this teachable moment.

Police Officers Help in Emergencies

What can you do in
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