• eTips for the week of 9/18/23

    Posted by Margaret Tidwell on 9/17/2023

    Monday, September 18, 2023


    Motivate your child with a puzzle


    If your child likes puzzles, use them as motivators! When your child is not around, make a puzzle by pasting a picture from a magazine onto cardboard and cutting it into pieces. Then, every time your child reads a book, or does schoolwork or a chore without being nagged, offer a puzzle piece. Each day will bring your child closer to solving the puzzle and seeing the picture.




    Tuesday, September 19, 2023


    When is it time to contact the teacher?


    Your child is complaining about schoolwork again. Should you let the teacher know? Contact the teacher if your child regularly finds assignments too easy or too hard, or won't do them even when you've tried to provide motivation. Also let the teacher know if your child doesn't understand the instructions, even with your help. Discuss actions to take to help your child, and follow up to determine if they are working.




    Wednesday, September 20, 2023


    Reinforce rules that improve learning for all


    Teachers can't teach if they are busy managing student misbehavior. Support your child's teacher by reinforcing school rules at home: Teach your child to show respect for people and property. Do not tolerate inappropriate language. Then, discuss the importance of following directions, and explain that your child should avoid behaviors that distract the class from learning.




    Thursday, September 21, 2023


    When writing is fun, it doesn't seem like work


    Strong writing takes practice. Here are some ways to get your child writing more without making it seem like work: Ask your child to write funny captions for family photos. You could also ask for a list of things your child would like as birthday gifts, or the school rules your student would make. Suggest that your child write to a friend or relative. Or stimulate creative thinking by asking your child to write a short story about spending 100 dollars.




    Friday, September 22, 2023


    Men, be a reading role model


    Reading tests often show that boys lag behind girls in reading. One reason may be that moms do more reading aloud and elementary school teachers are often women. So boys may associate reading with women and school. Fathers, uncles and grandfathers can encourage boys to read by showing them that books are for men, too. Give reading with your children as much time as you do sports or other activities.



    Saturday, September 23, 2023


    Feed your child's brain every morning


    Students who eat breakfast have more energy, work faster, concentrate better and score higher on tests than those who don't. To make sure your child gets a healthy breakfast, keep easy-to- make items on hand, such as microwavable oatmeal and hard-boiled eggs. Serve "fast fruits," like apples and bananas. If your child doesn't like breakfast food, try non-traditional items, such as peanut butter sandwiches or soup.




    Sunday, September 24, 2023


    Connect school to your child's interests


    To help your child understand the value of education, connect it to things your student is interested in. Ask your child to tell you about favorite activities, then ask, "How can school help?" Together, brainstorm some answers. For example, if your child says, "I like to watch cartoons," the answer might be, "School can help me learn how to draw and how animation is done."



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  • eTips for the week of 8/28/23

    Posted by Margaret Tidwell on 8/28/2023

    Monday, August 28, 2023


    Start routines to make school mornings smoother


    Getting back into school mode after a long summer break can be a challenge for some children. To help your child make the transition, establish some daily routines. Explain the tasks you want your child to do and post a schedule so your child knows what to do when. To further boost independence, use silent signals sometimes, such as a gentle touch on your student's shoulder to indicate that it's time to calm down or pay attention.




    Tuesday, August 29, 2023


    Name-calling is no joke


    Children have called each other names for centuries. But it's wrong to think that there's nothing families or schools can or should do about it. Persistent name-calling, and name-calling with an intent to hurt, are forms of bullying. Teach your child that this behavior is hurtful. Don't accept "I was just joking," as an excuse. Voice your disapproval when you hear your child or anyone else putting another person down.




    Wednesday, August 30, 2023


    Develop your child's inner motivation


    Students who are motivated only by the desire to get a good grade rarely do more than the minimum they need to earn it. But students who are motivated from within are more likely to stick with a task and retain what they've learned. At the start of project or reading assignment, discuss what your child wants to learn from it. Along the way, ask your child to share new knowledge and celebrate progress.




    Thursday, August 31, 2023


    Help your child practice reading to learn


    Reading nonfiction is an important way students learn. A strong ability to remember what they read is essential. To strengthen this ability, encourage your elementary schooler to preview the text by reading the main headings and scanning the pictures. Next, your child should read the introduction, summary and any questions that follow the passage. Finally, have your student read the chapter itself in short sections, making sure to understand each section before moving on.




    Friday, September 01, 2023


    Learn how to contact key school personnel


    Family-school communication is more important than ever. Families need to know who they can turn to with questions or concerns. Do you know the name of the school principal? Your child's counselor? The nurse? If not, call the office or look on the website to find out who they are and how to contact them. Introduce yourself when you are at school. Connecting with key people at school will make your child's education journey go more smoothly.




    Saturday, September 02, 2023


    The 'power of one' makes a difference at school


    You may not have time to volunteer at school regularly. But that doesn't mean you can't make a difference. All you need to do is look for one task you can do to help this year. It could be working on a fundraiser, chaperoning a field trip or recruiting volunteers for a project. Whatever it is, if you do one thing and every other parent does one thing, the school will have more than enough volunteers.




    Sunday, September 03, 2023


    Review habits that help kids stay well


    Student health and safety are a top priority for schools and families. Good nutrition, adequate rest and medical care help prevent illness, but one of the simplest ways you can keep your child healthy and learning is to teach effective hygiene. Make sure your child knows to wash hands frequently with soap, and to use hand sanitizer if soap isn't available. Make it clear that your child shouldn't share food, drinks, or clothing with other students. Then, if your child does get sick, follow school protocols for returning to school.



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  • eTips for the week of 8/21/23

    Posted by Margaret Tidwell on 8/21/2023

    Monday, August 21, 2023


    To support success, offer encouragement, not pressure


    Learning is full of challenges and obstacles. Encouragement from families, rather than pressure, helps children face them. If your child feels stressed in the coming year, show that you care. Be available to listen. Respect your child's feelings, and explain that mistakes are just learning opportunities. Then help your child develop positive study habits. When studying is routine, it's easier to deal with the pressures of increasing workloads.




    Tuesday, August 22, 2023


    Positive learning habits help kids prepare for success


    Start the new school year off right by encouraging positive habits your elementary schooler can rely on all year long. Help your child set learning goals, for example. Then regularly ask, "What will you do today to help you reach your goal?" Learning to think ahead will also help your child. You might say, "I know you plan to write your report next weekend. But what if the weather is nice and you want to play outside? What do you think about writing some of it today?"




    Wednesday, August 23, 2023


    Encourage a healthy body image


    Were you critical of your looks when you were a child? Many kids feel uncomfortable about their physical appearance. To improve a poor body image, offer compliments. Even if you don't like an outfit or a haircut, there is probably something about your child's appearance you love. Say so.

    And don't make jokes about appearance or weight. Your child won't find them funny, and these jokes can be harmful.




    Thursday, August 24, 2023


    Here's an easy formula for helping with math


    You can help your elementary schooler learn math even if you don't remember any of the math you took in school. Ask your child questions about math work, such as "How did you arrive at that answer?" or "Look at this page of problems. Do you see a pattern?" It's also helpful to involve your child in practical math at home, such as measuring. Then, encourage regular practice by establishing a daily routine that includes time for math.




    Friday, August 25, 2023


    Provide opportunities to follow directions


    Schoolwork and tests both require students to follow directions. To provide valuable practice, give your elementary schooler a detailed set of instructions for doing a task. (Baking a cake or making pizza from scratch is perfect.) Ask your child to read them out loud and circle the actions that are called for. Supervise as your child completes the task, then reread the directions together. Did your student follow them to the letter? If not, ask, "Can you figure out where you went wrong?"



    Saturday, August 26, 2023


    Don't get stranded without a book


    You have a long wait for an appointment, or a short car ride turns into a long standstill because of a flat tire. Whether you and your child are stuck for a few minutes or stranded for an hour, make the most of that time by reading. Keep a book or magazine stashed in the car or in a bag you take with you. It will provide a pleasant, productive way for you and your child to pass time during unexpected waits.




    Sunday, August 27, 2023


    Reinforce the need for timeliness at school


    Families juggle lots of commitments, and it isn't easy. But for success in school, it's important for your child to be in every class on time and ready to learn. Children who are on time are more inclined to take school seriously. On the other hand, allowing children to be late sends the message that school isn't that important and that rules can be broken. Reinforce the need for timeliness with your elementary schooler. Show how you plan ahead to be punctual, and make it clear that you expect your child to do the same.



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  • eTips for the week of 8/7/23

    Posted by Margaret Tidwell on 8/7/2023

    Monday, August 07, 2023


    Don't throw away those grocery store ads


    Grocery store ads are great for helping your child practice math skills. Look through the ads together and have your child cut out pictures of foods along with their prices. Now challenge your elementary schooler to create and solve word problems using the pictures. "Joey bought one pound of bananas for 50 cents. How much would two pounds of bananas cost?"




    Tuesday, August 08, 2023


    Share a performance secret with your child


    Athletes know that talking to themselves can help them perform better. It's true for students, too. Saying things out loud can help the brain tune out distractions. So if your child is doing a worksheet, for example, suggest reading the instructions out loud to boost concentration. When facing a challenge, your child can build self-confidence by saying, "I am a hard worker, and I am going to get this task done."




    Wednesday, August 09, 2023


    Teach the basic rules of self-protection


    Parents can't always be with their children, so they must teach them to protect themselves. Make sure your child can provide a full name, address and phone number, and knows whom it is safe to share this information with. Teach your child how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency, and what an emergency is. Review the safest routes to and from school, the bus stop and other frequently visited places. And explain that it's important to tell you if something someone does or says makes your child feel uneasy.




    Thursday, August 10, 2023


    Set expectations that motivate success


    Children care how their families view them, and they usually live up to expectations. So set expectations that will motivate your child's best efforts. As you prepare for the coming school year, make a list of high (but realistic) expectations for your child, such as working hard, turning in schoolwork on time, etc. Discuss it together. Once school starts, be consistent. Help your child take pride in progress and express your belief that your child will be successful in school.




    Friday, August 11, 2023


    Shine a light on time zones


    Conduct a time-zone demonstration to help your child understand why people in other parts of the world may be eating dinner when your family is just waking up. Here's how: Get a globe (or a ball) and have your child put a sticky note on your location. Turn off the lights and shine a flashlight on the globe. Explain that the sun lights only part of the ball at one time. As the Earth turns, sunlight hits different parts of the surface.




    Saturday, August 12, 2023


    It's time to get organized for learning


    Organization makes it easier for students to do their best work. Help your child prepare for the new school year by setting up a study space with as few distractions as possible. Have your child keep supplies in a basket or bin nearby. Then, give your child some different colored folders and assign a color for each subject. Then, your elementary schooler can file handouts and schoolwork by subject and find things when it's time to study.




    Sunday, August 13, 2023


    Share a funny tidbit to boost interest in reading


    If your child has access to books and other reading materials and still shows no interest in reading, show what fun your student is missing. Read some children's books your child might enjoy to yourself. Then, share a few teasers (interesting or funny tidbits from the books). You may find your child reaching for the books to give them a try! Keep it up by reading and discussing books on a wide range of subjects that might interest your child.



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  • eTips for the week of 3/27/23

    Posted by Margaret Tidwell on 3/27/2023

    Monday, March 27, 2023


    Take a creative approach to problem-solving


    Children learn creativity by watching others. And when kids learn that there are often many ways to solve a problem, they learn to think creatively and become better problem solvers. So let your child see you tackle problems in different ways. Regularly create new solutions for old problems. Your child will learn that fresh thinking can turn up new (and sometimes better) approaches.




    Tuesday, March 28, 2023


    Chores help children learn to handle responsibility


    To encourage responsibility with chores, make sure your child has the skills and supplies necessary for the tasks. Next, consider your child's energy level; schedule chore time for a time when your elementary schooler isn't tired or busy. Then, let your child choose a chore from your list. Expect a good effort and timely completion, but don't require perfection. Just thank your child for helping the family!




    Wednesday, March 29, 2023


    Help your child avoid plagiarism problems


    Plagiarism is copying information or original ideas directly from another source without giving credit. Explain to your child that copying word for word is cheating, and it often results in a failing grade. Tell your child to read the information in the sources and "Put it into your own words." If your student wants to use a sentence word for word, it must go in quotation marks and your child must give credit to the author.




    Thursday, March 30, 2023


    Visit world-class museums without leaving home


    Get your child excited about museums by taking an online tour of one of the world's great collections. Match your child's interests to the museum. A music lover can check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at www.rockhall.com. Or go to www.si.edu to explore history, science and culture galore at the many Smithsonian Institution museums. New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is at www.metmuseum.org.




    Friday, March 31, 2023


    Help your child feel capable of doing hard things


    Some kids are willing to try hard, even if the work is tough. Others give up before they get started. What's the difference? It's the kids who believe in their ability to succeed who stick with it. Make it clear that your child has what it takes to do well in school. Then remind your student that ability without effort won't get the job done. The combination gives your child the power to achieve goals.



    Saturday, April 01, 2023


    Use reading to turn frowns upside down


    April is National Humor Month! Give your child a chuckle or two by going online to find funny riddles, comics, stories and poems for children. Take turns reading them out loud to each other. Then, together, try to come up with your own silly poetry and stories. See how corny you can be!




    Sunday, April 02, 2023


    Take precautions when your child plays sports


    You don't want your child to be one of the 3.5 million kids who get hurt annually playing sports. To promote safety, help your child stay physically fit. Make sure your player knows the basic skills of the sport and wears appropriate protective gear that fits. Have your child drink plenty of fluids and warm up and stretch before playing. And if an injury happens, don't encourage your child to "play through" it.



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  • eTips for the week of 3/20/23

    Posted by Margaret Tidwell on 3/20/2023

    Monday, March 20, 2023


    Strengthen writing skills and family ties with a newsletter


    Are your relatives far away? Your child can keep everyone updated on family activities while building writing skills by putting together a family newsletter. Have your elementary schooler write letters or emails to ask relatives for news, family stories and photos. Then your child can use a computer at home or at the library to compile their replies. Your student will gain keyboarding, writing and layout skills, and the joy of keeping the family connected.




    Tuesday, March 21, 2023


    Take steps before leaving your preteen at home alone


    While young children should never be left at home alone, sometimes families leave preteens on their own for short periods of time. Preparation can help this go smoothly. Before you leave, make sure your child knows how to reach you. Review what to do in case of fire or other emergency.

    Discuss how your child should handle phone calls and a knock at the door. It's also wise to talk about who, if anyone, is allowed in the house and whether your child is allowed to go out.




    Wednesday, March 22, 2023


    Use report cards as conversation starters


    Whether your child's report card is great or shows a need for improvement, use it to enhance your communication with your child and the school. First, talk to your child. Were any grades a surprise? Did any make your child proud? What does your student want to improve? Then, if you have questions, contact the teacher to discuss them. Two-way communication with the school strengthens teamwork…and that helps your child.




    Thursday, March 23, 2023


    Family life makes a great bedtime story


    Telling bedtime stories is a great way to connect with your child and promote responsible, caring behavior. For an endless source of new story ideas, try making the characters' names rhyme with family members' names. Then you can tell stories from your lives that teach the lessons you want. Characters could realize the effect their behavior has on others, or model sharing without fighting, for example.




    Friday, March 24, 2023


    Sing songs about places…then find out more


    Many great songs mention real places. When you sing a song like "This Land is Your Land" with your child, talk about the places in it. Look them up on a map. "London Bridge is Falling Down" is about a real bridge in London, England (one version of which is now in Arizona). Help your child find out more about it. The next time you take a long trip, pass time by singing as many "geography" songs as you can.




    Saturday, March 25, 2023


    Practice spelling a tasty way


    Baking alphabet cookies is a sweet way to encourage your young reader to enjoy spelling. Any cookie dough that can be cut into shapes will work. If you don't have alphabet cookie cutters, let your child "write" letters on rolled-out dough with a clean finger. You can then cut around the marks with a knife. Help your child make enough cookies to spell out words. Try it with a few spelling words!




    Sunday, March 26, 2023


    Try three ways to help your child relax


    If your child is under stress, help manage it in positive ways. Humor is a great way to help children forget frustration. Together, try singing a few silly songs. You might also leave a funny cartoon at your child's place at the breakfast table. Exercise is another effective stress-reliever. And helping others can also provide perspective and make your child feel better. Together, brainstorm ways to lend a helping hand.



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  • eTips for the week of 3/13/23

    Posted by Margaret Tidwell on 3/13/2023

    Monday, March 13, 2023


    Conversations can help prevent violence at school


    Schools go to great lengths to keep kids safe. Families also have an important role to play. Talking to your child about safety issues on a regular basis is essential. Start a dialogue by asking questions such as, "What scares or frightens you?" "What makes you feel safe?" "What makes you angry?" "What ways can you think of to solve a problem without hurting someone?" and "How could you promote saftey at school?"




    Tuesday, March 14, 2023


    Invite a cast of characters to a family dinner


    Have fun with history and reading at a special dinner. Ask each family member to come as a historical figure or fictional character. They can wear costumes, but they shouldn't say who they are. To discover who has come to dinner, everyone should ask one another questions. Each person should speak and answer in character. Imagine a conversation between Ponce de Leon, Paddington and Susan B. Anthony!




    Wednesday, March 15, 2023


    Keep little problems from becoming big ones


    If your child is upset about something at school, don't ignore it. Left alone, the problem might get worse. Instead, ask your child to explain the situation. If you hear something like "the teacher hates me," avoid taking sides. Hear your child out and then contact the teacher. Calmly listen to what the teacher has to say, and explain how your child feels. Open communication will help you all work together to solve this and future matters.




    Thursday, March 16, 2023


    Play a game of 'reverse tic-tac-toe'


    Daily math practice doesn't have to be all work. Playing "reverse tic-tac-toe" is a fun way to help your child build skills for math success. In this version of the game, instead of trying to get three X's or O's in a row, your child tries to force you to do it. In order to win, your elementary schooler will have to think and plan ahead (both important skills for solving math problems).




    Friday, March 17, 2023


    Show your child how to interact respectfully


    When teaching your child to treat others with respect, showing is as important as telling. Show your child that physical differences aren't the only way to identify people: "The man in the blue shirt" works just as well as "the man in the wheelchair." Speak of people as individuals, and avoid generalizations. Explain that everyone is worthy of respectful treatment, and that your child can always ask you questions and discuss differences with you privately.



    Saturday, March 18, 2023


    Create a time line of your child's lifetime


    A time line is a graphic way to help children connect world history to their own personal history. To help your child make one, stretch a roll of paper along the floor. Have your child draw a line horizontally across it. Above the line, write important dates in your elementary schooler's life, chronologically from left to right. Below the line, help your student do the same with historic events that have occurred since your child was born.




    Sunday, March 19, 2023


    Eliminate supply hunts at study time


    If statements like "I can't find a ruler" and "I can't do my social studies until I find my colored pencils" are common delay tactics at study time, help your child create a schoolwork kit. Collect tape, glue, rulers, pencils and other supplies and put them in a tray tote or a basket. The container is off limits unless your child is doing schoolwork. With everything in one place, your child won't waste time hunting.



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  • eTips for the week of 2/6/23

    Posted by Margaret Tidwell on 2/7/2023

    Monday, February 06, 2023


    Prioritize attendance to prevent missing out


    Missing just one day a week of school adds up to more than two years of missed class time over a child's school career. Absent students also miss things they can't make up, like discussions and demonstrations. To keep your elementary schooler from missing out, review your child's absence record and recommit to making school attendance a priority.




    Tuesday, February 07, 2023


    Keeping up with assignments adds up to math success


    If your child has homework in only one subject, it's likely to be math. Math builds on itself, and students have an easier time if they stay up-to-date with assignments. Have your child read through any sample problems and explain them to you. If the sample is confusing, remind your child to ask the teacher for help the next day. On days when there is no math homework, review basic math facts together.




    Wednesday, February 08, 2023


    Make talking and thinking part of reading aloud


    As you read with your child, stop from time to time to discuss what you're reading. What does it mean? How does the story relate to things your child already knows? When new words appear, ask your child to think about what other words have similar meanings. Before you reach the end of a passage, see if your student can predict what will happen next. When children make these connections, they get more from their reading.




    Thursday, February 09, 2023


    Choose age-appropriate news sources


    Watching TV news can upset elementary schoolers, and the older they get the more vulnerable they are. Fifth graders are old enough to understand what they see, but too young to put it into perspective. To help explain, look for news sources produced for children, such as Scholastic News. News videos for kids are available online on sites such as NBC News Learn. Watch together, so you can answer questions and explain what your child is seeing.




    Friday, February 10, 2023


    Inspire caring and creativity with valentines


    Valentine's Day (February 14) is coming up. To teach your child about caring for others, make a list together of people who might like to receive a valentine, such as a lonely child, a single neighbor, a helpful store clerk or the school custodian. Ask your child to make cards for them. If possible, help your student deliver the valentines in person. Seeing the recipients' joy will encourage more kind gestures. https://tpitip.com/?13bJ18608

    Saturday, February 11, 2023


    Use a schedule to make responsibility routine


    To help your child finish schoolwork and chores without needing frequent reminders, create a responsibility routine. Write down a schedule with specific times for schoolwork and studying, reading, chores and free time. If you stick to the routine, your child will know it's necessary to finish that math worksheet, set the table and lay out clothes for tomorrow before playing. Have your child check off each task after completing it.




    Sunday, February 12, 2023


    Proper behavior makes school buses safer


    Misbehavior on the school bus can affect everyone's safety. Remind your child that you expect respectful behavior toward the bus driver and others on the bus. Your child should follow bus driver's instructions and treat the bus and all school property with care. Expect your child to follow these rules in the family car, too. If you need to, pull over in a safe place and wait until everyone is behaving properly before you resume driving.




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  • eTips for the week of 1/30/23

    Posted by Margaret Tidwell on 1/30/2023

    Monday, January 30, 2023


    Rewarding persistence can help establish study habits


    Many skills children need to learn take time to master. But practicing times tables, vocabulary words or music scales isn't always fun. One way to keep your child motivated is to reward solid efforts. Stock a jar with small treats. Then you and your child can agree on the number of diligent practice sessions needed to earn a treat. As your child's skills improve, adjust the number upward to maintain the challenge until you can phase them out completely.




    Tuesday, January 31, 2023


    Play the Try a New Vegetable game


    To encourage your child to give a new healthy food a try, write the names of vegetables you have on hand on slips of paper. Repeat so you have two slips for each vegetable, and put the papers into a hat. Your child draws slips until getting the same vegetable twice. That's the one you'll serve tonight. Then refill the hat with slips numbered from 1 to 10 and let your child pick again. That number is how many bites of vegetable your child has to eat. https://tpitip.com/?13ae18608


    Wednesday, February 01, 2023


    Collecting is a fun way to practice school skills

    Is your child's room crammed with collections of "treasures"? Use these collections to reinforce school skills. To encourage reading, visit the library or go online together to read about your child's collecting interests. Practice math skills by having your child count and sort and classify items. Promote organization by having your student think about ways to display and keep track of collectibles, such as creating a digital catalog.




    Thursday, February 02, 2023


    Sneak some science into conversations


    You'd probably be met with a groan if you said, "Let's talk about science" to your child. To bring the subject up more naturally, notice the moon and stars. Ask what your child can tell you about the current shape of the moon. Or talk about the food your family eats. Can your child tell you why it's important to eat vegetables, or what protein does? Talk about digital devices, too. How do you each think technology influences life?




    Friday, February 03, 2023


    Participate in things that matter to your child


    It's not always possible for families to attend every one of their children's events at school. So what's most important? It's simple, really. Ask which events mean the most to your child. Your elementary schooler may not care if you miss the perfect attendance award ceremony. But it may be important that you hear your child's 30-second solo in the spring concert. When you can't be there for everything, be there when it matters to your child.




    Saturday, February 04, 2023


    Positive words encourage cooperation


    When you want your child's cooperation, send a positive message. Saying "I hope you finish your schoolwork and do a careful job. Then we can play games and eat popcorn," sounds like an invitation, while "No schoolwork, no games" sounds like a threat. It's the same message, but which version would your child rather hear?




    Sunday, February 05, 2023


    Motivate good behavior with marbles


    Here's a simple system to encourage good behavior. Every time your child does something properly, provide a marble to put into a clear jar. Notable achievements, such as an improvement in a grade, also earn marbles. Poor behavior costs your child marbles. When the jar is full, the whole family gets a treat. Keep the jar in a visible spot where your child can watch it get full and remember that good behavior benefits everyone.




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  • eTips for the week of 1/23/23

    Posted by Margaret Tidwell on 1/23/2023

    Monday, January 23, 2023


    Everyone benefits when you get involved at school


    Volunteers work for free, but not for nothing. There are lots of benefits to getting involved at school. You'll learn what's going on and get another perspective on what your child tells you. You'll have things to talk about with your child. You'll have a chance to develop valuable workplace skills, such as project management or fundraising. And you'll be able to make a difference to every child in the school.




    Tuesday, January 24, 2023


    Make reading aloud an interactive activity


    When you read together, try these tips to boost your child's reading comprehension. Pause from time to time to ask questions about the story, such as, "Why do you think the character did that?" Help your child make connections between things in the reading and familiar experiences or ideas. And when you finish reading, have your child act out the story.




    Wednesday, January 25, 2023


    Increase responsibilities and privileges at the same time


    Children's responsibilities should grow and change as they get older. When giving your child responsibility for a new chore, emphasize the positive reasons for the change. Praise your child for being able to do the job "now that you're so grown up." And as you add responsibilities, consider adding privileges, too. A child who is old enough to do laundry is also old enough to decide what to wear in the morning.




    Thursday, January 26, 2023


    Attitude turns a failure into a useful lesson


    It took Thomas Edison hundreds of tries before he found the right materials for his light bulb. But each time he learned what wouldn't work, Edison got closer to finding out what would, and he kept going. Help your elementary schooler take that same attitude. When your child makes a mistake, ask "What do you know now that you didn't before?" Experience is a good teacher when children pay attention to the lesson.




    Friday, January 27, 2023


    These student achievement tips are parent-approved


    In a survey, parents of high achieving high school students were asked how to raise a child who is successful in school. Their top tips? Stay engaged and emphasize the importance of education. Take time to talk together and respect your child's opinions. Give your student an ethical foundation. Get involved with the things that interest your child. And let your child know your love is unconditional.




    Saturday, January 28, 2023


    Discover the true stories behind local history


    Is your street named for a tree or a famous person? How did your town get its name? What other questions can your child think of about where you live? Head to the library together and research some local history. Your child may enjoy looking at copies of your local newspaper from long ago. Encourage your child to find out more by interviewing some older citizens about their experiences.




    Sunday, January 29, 2023


    Finishing last is sometimes a winning move!


    Some elementary schoolers race through tests to see who can finish first. And their grades reflect their hurried, incomplete responses. Remind your elementary schooler that it is important to take time to double-check answers. Your child may finish the test last, but grades will likely improve.



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