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Talk to your child’s teacher about how the classroom is set up. Does the school support kids of all different abilities and what steps do they use to determine them? If the groups are set for an entire year it could be a red flag that the program does not allow children to grow.

Embrace a Strengths and Challenges Outlook

Your child will likely excel at some skills and labor with other ones. Often a child learns the most in a class where they struggle and not where they naturally excel. 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. Remember to always praise your child.

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There are some administrators that are concerned about the extremely competitive parenting culture these days. Trying to get your child into an accelerated learning group has become its own kind of race. This could cause negative consequences for students. Not every child can be in the top 10 percent all the time. Rather than lobbying to have your kid placed into the top level, concerned parents will be better off finding a group that is just right for them. The decision to use flexible learning groups for reading and math usually happens at the district level. However, the teaching methods can vary from school to school and sometimes even class to class. It is all depending on the teacher’s willingness to implement these groups. They can have a significant impact on a child’s education in grade school and beyond. To make sure that your kid’s educational needs are being met, we will give you a checklist to follow in our next posts. 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. Remember to always praise your child.

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Most parents have seen an immediate payoff when their child is placed in a slower placed group. The structure and extra support give them a chance to develop their skills. You will also find that they will progress from group to group with more regularity. The challenge is that rearranging a lesson plan for multiple levels requires extra work on the part of the teachers. Most teachers state that all of their prep time is used up planning for these groups. It even take extra time on the weekends to get these groups ready, but the teachers feel that the time is well worth it. The teachers also feel like it has made them a more effective teacher and brings back their motivation. Not everyone is excited about this idea though. Not to mention that grouping students can put extra stress on parents. The parents worry about what the child’s level may suggest about their academic future. The fear is that teachers will reduce their expectations for what a child can achieve. If parents remain patient, most will find that their child will advance to the top groups in a matter of time. The biggest objection has been that the weaker students will not have a chance to learn from the stronger ones. There is also the worry of lowering a child’s self-esteem. When you pull out a kid who may be struggling you risk them losing their spark.

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Children that have ADHD are often reprimanded for moving around, but fidgeting a little may help them learn. In fact, the more these kids fidgeted while working on a memory task the better they performed. Try not to force your child to sit perfectly still. Consider how your child can move at home or at school. For example, sitting on an activity ball or using a stand up desk. We all have our own ways of staying focused, such as doodling or pacing around the room. Kids with ADHD may need a little more room to move than the rest of us. On a personal note, my son who has ADHD and is homeschooled likes to stand and do his work. He stands on one leg and places the knee of the other leg in his chair. In the beginning this would drive me nuts. I would say to him, “Just sit down and do your work.” However, as I observed him standing there doing his work, the work he was doing turned out to be excellent. He is now finishing his 4th grade year with one semester on the A/B Honor Roll and one semester on the Principals Honor Roll. So stand all you want kid. Just keep up the good work. In conclusion, don’t become overwhelmed by your kids movements. If this is what helps them focus and the results are good, straying away from the norm is perfectly acceptable. 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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Write a Letter

Give your child a letter on the first day of school to be read on the bus or during a free moment at school. Your letter might offer encouragement or point out specific things your child did that made you proud. Consider saving a copy of each year’s letter for your child to reread at high school or college graduation.

A Simple Surprise

Give your kids a small gift. A simple tradition that affords an opportunity to reflect on the first day of school with your children and sets a tone for a positive transition back to a busier schedule. When my kids get home on the first day, I always have a first day surprise for them on their beds. Something small but special like a video game or a gift card or even a stuffed animal. Then we go out for dinner because I am just as tired, overwhelmed and missing summer as much as they are.

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Reading With Your Child

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Picture Them Coming and Going.

Capture photographs of all the special moments from the first day of school. Some parents pose their children in the same spot every year on the first day of school and snap a photo to show the progression of the kids’ changes over time. Some have a traditional picture taking spot in front of a tree, which also grows along with the child. What I like to do is take individual photos, then take a photo as a group and also snap a picture of all the neighborhood kids together at the bus stop.

Have a Special Meal.

Let each child pick the menu for a “last supper of summer” or a “back to school breakfast.” Be flexible and remember that anything goes on this menu, from a favorite home cooked meal to an outing at a favorite pizza place to allowing everyone to have dessert first, if that is what the kids requested. It is your tradition, so do what will make it a memorable day for your entire family.

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Do boys and girls learn better in separate schools? Or do they need to be together to learn to get along? There is no right answer. But more and more kids are going to single gender schools. The authors of a new report in Science magazine looked at the research about single gender schools. Their report does not support this type of education. The authors say single gender schools cut back on boys and girls opportunities to work together. They also point out that there is no scientific evidence that single gender schools lead to better learning. Do you think boys and girls learn better together or apart? Let us hear your thoughts.

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Single Gender Schools

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Single Gender Schools

Single Gender

Single Gender Schools

Single Gender