272016Jul
SERIES: Your child’s learning in the 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th grades — Part 3:  Your child’s learning in the 9th grade

SERIES: Your child’s learning in the 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th grades — Part 3: Your child’s learning in the 9th grade

Ninth grade, the beginning of high school, is a crucial year in your child’s path toward graduation. The Common Core 9th grade curriculum will expect your child to continue expanding the skills they have begun to acquire in middle school in increasingly sophisticated ways (see Common Core 9th grade standards at http://www.corestandards.org/read-the-standards/). This transition can…

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232016Jun
SERIES:  Your child’s learning in the 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th grades  —  Part 2:  Your child’s learning in the 6th grade

SERIES: Your child’s learning in the 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th grades — Part 2: Your child’s learning in the 6th grade

Sixth grade is a year of significant change. Your child may be moving to a new school and/or transitioning from having one teacher to having multiple teachers. He or she is straddling the fence between childhood and adulthood, coping with multiple physical and emotional changes, curious about sexuality and drugs, and wanting more independence. Sixth…

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12015Dec
What To Do When Your Child is a Bully?

What To Do When Your Child is a Bully?

There are few things more disheartening than learning that your child is a bully. Like most parents, you’ve done your best to instill within your child a healthy respect for other people and the common courtesy skills that any successful society requires for appropriate social interaction. When all those lessons seem to have fallen on…

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102015Nov
SERIES:  Your child’s learning —  Part 1:  Your child’s learning in the 3rd grade

SERIES: Your child’s learning — Part 1: Your child’s learning in the 3rd grade

Third grade is a year of great cognitive, academic and social growth. There is a large degree of variation, but most 3rd graders (ages 8-9) are beginning to be more abstract thinkers; increase their periods of sustained attention and their ability to self-monitor and problem-solve; reason logically about objects; work more independently; expand their vocabulary;…

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242015Oct
Drugs, Alcohol, and Your Teen

Drugs, Alcohol, and Your Teen

As a parent, it is perfectly natural for you to be worried about your child as he or she moves into the teen years. During those years, you suddenly find yourself being less of a primary influence in your teen’s life, as peers begin to compete for that role. However, even with a diminished amount…

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72015Oct
Why is Temperament Important?

Why is Temperament Important?

Have you ever wondered what it is that makes two children react so differently to the same set of circumstances – even when those children seem to share much in common with one another? That question can be a puzzling one for many parents and educators as they strive to develop the right approach for…

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292015Sep
Helping Your Child Transition to High School

Helping Your Child Transition to High School

One of the most difficult periods in any child’s life involves the transition from middle school to high school. As children head off to high school, new worries and fears often accompany them. High schools tend to be substantially larger than middle schools, and expose children to a vast new array of unfamiliar faces and…

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172015Mar
Motivating your underachieving adolescent

Motivating your underachieving adolescent

Your teenage son moans and groans about his schoolwork, says he “doesn’t care”, that it “doesn’t matter”, and that “it’s boring”. He seems to be completely unconcerned about the effect of his lack of motivation on his grades, and the consequences of those poor grades. However, although he is not motivated to do what YOU…

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72015Mar
Fostering good sportsmanship in kids

Fostering good sportsmanship in kids

Extremely outrageous behavior in the professional sports world appears to be increasing. It would not shock most people that children can be influenced by this, and engage in unsportsmanlike behavior in youth sports (such as physically or verbally assaulting other players or coaches, disregarding the unwritten rules of fair play, mocking opposing players or their…

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