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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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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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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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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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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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