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Even if your child’s school takes steps to mask the fact that learning groups are tied to achievement, kids usually know exactly where they stand. If your child does ask about their level, respond something similar to these lines:

“Your group works at a speed that your teacher thinks will work well for you.” Regardless of what group they are assigned to, look for the signs of progress and be sure to offer praise when you see it. Unless it is recommended by your child’s teacher, hold off on the tutoring. Pushing a student to do advanced math before they are developmentally ready can end up backfiring on you. Young children need to master skills at their own pace and often come into their own academically in middle school. 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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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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With students being taught by ability some will excel past the top groups expectations. This is why a growing number of educators want the schools to view gifted kids as special needs kids. If a child is in a wheel chair then we build them a ramp. Likewise, we can not put gifted students in a one size fits all learning situation. Teachers believe that separate class rooms for the gifted students is the solution. Being ahead of the other kids can be isolating. It is difficult for smaller schools to support gifted programs. However, if your child fits into this category and their needs are not being met, set up a meeting with the principal to see what options you might have. If there is not a test in program then ask about enrichment opportunities for an academic challenge. Some colleges offer accelerated math classes for grade schoolers. See more on ways of sorting students.

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Gifted

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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If you remember back to our last post, we asked the question, “What is the best way to provide school kids with individual attention?”  The answer is to group them by their ability. While there is no policy written in stone, a majority of teachers divide their classrooms up by reading and math skills. The setup is a happy medium between tracking and teaching the same lesson to every child. Most classes have subgroups only for these two core subjects. For the other subjects the students are taught together. Students who were taught in small groups matched to their reading level made literacy gains that were two months higher per year than kids who were taught using a whole class teaching approach. 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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The newest idea in grade school teaching is to group kids based on ability. It may not sound like it is fair, but many think the approach is working.

It is time for a fourth grade class to work on Language Arts. After a classroom discussion on a book promoting multicultural friendships, the students are assigned to one of five workstations. These groups are organized based on standardized test scores, as well as informal assessments by the teacher and are designed to team up kids working on similar skills. Some scour over novels in the reading nook. Others will use a laptop and headphones to try reading along with a fluent reader. Another group will work on their writing skills.

To keep a teacher from being overwhelmed, the teacher will connect with 3 groups per day, rotating so that every student gets some individual attention. The same technique will be used for math class. The groups are flexible, so a child might be in a slower paced group for decimals and fractions and a faster paced one for multiplication facts, and can switch levels during the school year.

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When you are feeling down or in over your head, nothing is a better fix than gathering the family together for a big snuggle. Make it become a habit of turning to each other when things get too hectic. If you start to feel like you are all missing each other, call everything off for the night and pile on the couch together. Watch a movie or play a silly game like Hedbanz. The physical contact reminds everyone that they are together. This is our family unit. These are the people who are in charge of getting us through life in decent condition. Hug them often. Check out this cute family children’s book, The Family Book. 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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Reconnecting

4 Years-Old And Under

  • Their first and last name. The first thing an employee will ask your child when they are lost.
  • Your full name. If they only know you as “Mommy” or “Daddy,” you can not be paged by name.
  • Do not go anywhere with, accept anything from or get into a car with anyone. Never without your permission, PERIOD!

5-7 Years Old

  • Your cell phone number. You can be reunited more quickly if you get separated.
  • A “safe list.” Instead of saying “Do not talk to strangers,” list 3 to 5 people who are always OK for your child to talk to.

8 Years Old and Up

  • An easy to find meeting place. The more specific the location, the better if you do get separated.
  • A buddy or a sibling to come along to places like a restroom that your child is starting to visit independently. There is more safety in numbers.
  • To beware of grown ups asking for help and to never approach a car. Tell your child to yell loudly if anyone tries to make them go somewhere.

Check out this children’s book, Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention.

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Teach

  1. Hold off with the tons of how was your day questions if your child comes home from school grumpy or tired. You can always get to that later, like at the dinner table.
  2. Make up your own rituals and traditions. Taco Tuesday. Sunday afternoon bike ride. Picking apples in the fall.
  3. Ask your kid to teach you how to do something for a change. And once you get the hang of it, be sure to tell him what a great teacher he is.
  4. Let your child dress up to go to the grocery store. All month if she wants too.
  5. Let your child overhear you saying something wonderful about her.
  6. Stay up late to see the full moon.
  7. Print their childhood photos so they have something wonderful to look at one day.
  8. Don’t be in a hurry to tell your kids to go, they need to vent too.
  9. Cook heart shaped pancakes for breakfast.
  10. Crank up the music in the middle of homework and have a dance party.
  11. Make a secret family handshake.
  12. Hang a whiteboard in her room to leave messages for each other.
  13. Start a pillow fight.
  14. Share your old photos and letters when you were their age.
  15. Thank your child when they do a chore on their own. Even if it is just hanging up a towel or refilling the water jug.

Check out this informative kids book, Understanding Myself.

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SINGLE-PARENT-DAY

We all know that you are extremely busy, but they will appreciate you for making these small simple gestures.

  1. Wear the macaroni necklace to work. At least until you are safely out the door.
  2. Tape a family slogan to the refrigerator door and use it whenever your child feels discouraged. Like Unstoppable or We can, We will!
  3. Go for a walk with just one child.
  4. Slip a note or a piece of chocolate into their lunchbox.
  5. Build your own Minecraft world right next to theirs.
  6. Say “Yes” to something that is usually off limits. Like sitting on the counter or eating popcorn in the living room.
  7. Show as much excitement at the amusement park as they do.
  8. If you argue in front of your child, make sure they also see you makeup.
  9. When their room looks like a tornado swept through it, close the door and get on with your day.
  10. Use Skype or Facetime with the grandparents once in a while.
  11. If your child has given their best efforts and is still miserable and truly wants to quit the team, give them your blessing.
  12. Let your little one stomp in a puddle once in a while.
  13. Get out some glitter glue and make a birthday card for your child.
  14. Take in a pet that needs a good home and a child’s love.
  15. Let your toddler fight their own battles on the playground before you intervene.

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