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Here is the quiz, just as promised:

1. Attitude
My kid…
a. dislikes getting ready and going to school
b. suddenly likes school less than he used to
c. has always enjoyed going to school

2. Temperament
I would describe my kid as…
a. extremely talkative
b. introverted
c. easily distracted

3. Assignments
My child tends to…
a. ask for help
b. claim she has no homework (then I later find out she does)
c. complete assignments quickly and easily

4. Abilities
When it comes to getting his schoolwork done, he…
a. procrastinates until I take something away (like an iPad)
b. completes assignments independently
c. sometimes has trouble with subjects taught in class

5. Behavior
Lately I have noticed that my child…
a. seems less focused
b. is not interested in educational toys or games
c. finds school more enjoyable than previously

Answer Key:
1. b 2. c 3. b 4. a 5. a

If you matched four or more answers it is worth exploring the possibility of a tutor.
If you matched three answers your child could use extra help from a teacher, a tutor or you.
If you matched two or fewer answers your kid probably does not need a tutor.

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tutoring

Here is your step by step guide for teaching your children how to measure, chop, slice, flip, bake and much more. Let the fun begin.

First you will want to introduce your child to washing, slicing, simple chopping, measuring, tasting and even improvising. Salad prepared with a homemade salad dressing is the perfect dish for new chefs. It is not hard to do, but it does have a number of tasks to do and it is an important part of the meal. For kids that are ready to go a bit further, making croutons from scratch will not only add a delicious crunch, but it will also introduce your little chef to working with heat.

How do you teach salad making?

Set up your work space. As you explain the importance of rinsing fruits and vegetables, set up your child at a clean sink or a large bowl filled half with cold water. If it is needed, have him stand on a sturdy chair or even a step stool. After swishing the herbs and lettuce for a bit, your child can put them in a salad spinner and whirl everything dry. Then tear everything into bit sized pieces. Have him rinse grapes and cucumbers in a small colander and pat them dry with a paper towel.

Introduce peeling and slicing.

Show him how to peel the cuke by dragging the peeler lengthwise from end to end. Always peel away from the body. Make sure you put the vegetable on a stable surface. Do not be tempted to hold it in the air. Peel away from your hands and always work directly in front of you. For cuke slicing, a wavy knife is the best bet. Let your child decide how thick or thin he wants the slices to be. Also, have him use a skid proof cutting board for a little extra added safety.

Mixing the dressing and tossing the salad.

Set up a little science lab where your child can learn to make salad dressing, first by using your recipe. Then he can move on to creating his own in future lessons. After he has added the dressing to the salad, he can practice his tossing skills with a pair of tongs. Be sure to explain that tossing means pulling the bottom leaves up to the top and not throwing the salad out of the bowl! Let him be the first to taste a leaf to test whether the salad has enough dressing.

Cooking with your kids can be fun. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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Cooking

There will come a day when you will be lying on the couch relaxing, offering helpful suggestions to your children as they make you dinner. It is not even a special occasion. Are you laughing yet? I get it. Two of mine are teenagers now and just they other night they prepared a meal of grilled chicken breasts, boiled red potatoes, fresh green beans and a salad. But when they were little, I never thought that this day would come.

Of course, there is a learning curve. At first, it gets worse. Instead of just making food, you are making food while someone else dumps flour all over the floor. They confuse salt with sugar or hold a knife in a way that makes your heart skip a few beats. Then it gets better and your kids actually become competent. They will learn the pleasures of mixing and cutting, seasoning and tasting. Making food is a blend of chemistry, magic and play. Oh and lets not forget the glamour and drama thanks to various cooking shows. In addition, your kids will eat anything that they make, even if it is loaded with healthy ingredients.

Cooking is also a good teacher of the techniques themselves, but also a host of other intangibles like problem solving, creativity, improvisation and adventure. Not to mention the lessons in failure. A deflated cupcake, lip puckering salad dressing or quesadilla flopped on the floor is the gift of new knowledge in leavening, balance or spatula handling just waiting for your child to unwrap it. The most important thing is that cooking together means quality time. The kind that makes lasting memories, even those mini disasters will make us laugh someday.

I have organized a guide by skill level and enlisted a few of my favorite experts in family cooking to offer you helpful advice as you move through each lesson. Scan the recipes to see what your child might be ready for now, then together roll up your sleeves, tie on your aprons and get to work. I will be on the couch reading my favorite magazine.

In our next post we will give you advice for your little novice chef. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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Cooking

We do not know exactly where the solar system ends. The edge is about 12 billion miles from the sun. That is more than twice the distance from the sun to Pluto.

So , scientist always knew there would be a lot of flying to do before the little ships left the solar system. But the ships are getting close. Voyager 1 is about 11 billion miles away from the sun. Voyager 2 is about 9 billion miles away from the sun. Since we have traveled a billion miles every 3 years, it should be soon that we reach the end of the solar system.

How have the ships gone so far? It is because of their tiny nuclear power plants. They were built to keep the ships going for about 50 years. Power is expected to last until the year 2025.

See how the Voyager got started. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your family and friends. Keep praising your children.

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