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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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It is good to stay away from the ruts sometimes and look at things in a new refreshed light. Recently, we headed up to Wisconsin for a weekend stay at the Wisconsin Dells complete with lots of exciting things for the kids to do. As we walked around exploring new places, whether it is near or far away, it is a great way to see your family differently. You haven’t lived until you see your kid wipe out while playing and then laugh hysterically when you expect a full on tantrum.

I do not know a lot of things, but this I do know: If it were not for the bonds we formed when traveling away from home, interrupting our overly comfortable lives, I wouldn’t have these amazing kids who still tug at my arm at night, asking for another chapter of Harry Potter. (Yes they still do this.) With that I am off to snuggle and read. I hope you get to do the same. 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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With all different kinds of screens dominating the world these days there is a lot of competition to get your families attention at home. Use your position as the benevolent dictator to lead by setting an example. Demand that everyone put down the screens. I will be the first to admit that I am the biggest offender. Gather together and talk in the analog world, just like you would on a family vacation. On most days, I make it a point to look my kids straight in the eyes and ask how things are going. The look is extremely important. It lets everyone know that I mean my question. Then make sure you stick around for an answer. You can use this method on your spouse also. If you two are not running smoothly then the rest of the family does not either. See more posts about family. 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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You do not need to travel the world to teach your children about their ancestry. Tell them stories that perhaps you heard from your mother. Don’t have any, that’s OK. Google some recipes and create a new memory yourself. Or teach the kids a few words from the old language. My children walk a little taller knowing they can count to ten in Serbian. When we forget our roots, we forget what it means to be an American in the first place. My kids are a bit more resilient now that they better understand what our ancestors went through to get here. To see more about family visit Snuggle In.

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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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Everyone wants their kids to be sort of busy. If you do not keep watch, they end up running around like crazy. That will just cause you to get into a giant gasoline bill and one exhausted family. Quiet time is definitely under rated. This can not be more true than it is in today’s world. Limit the kids to only picking one after school activity. Even then it can seem overwhelming at times. Also, keep play dates limited too. They see their friends all day at school. That is about 30 hours per week of socializing. Now throw in parties, playing with the neighbor kids and kids in your own family. There is tons of time for them to be socializing. Once they see that they can survive without a steady stream of play dates, you will not have to do as many. This will increase the quiet time that you have together. This children’s book shows the many differences in each family, 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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A few ideas that may help you find your child more quickly.

ID Bracelet: Customize these bright disposable bracelets with your cell number and allergy/medical information.

Buddytag: These bracelets have a GPS tracker. A phone app tells you their whereabouts and alerts you if they go more than a specified distance away.

Temporary Tattoo: Write your cell number on one of these waterproof tattoos and paste it to your child’s arm.

Child ID Kit: Assemble one yourself with your child’s photo, height, weight, fingerprints and other identifying information to help law enforcement if ever necessary.

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