The Lasting Impact of Daycare

Posted May 20, 2010 by Fred Lee

Low quality daycare can have a lasting influence on a child's behavior and learning abilities.

Got Tuition? College Loan Program About to Change

Posted May 18, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

Recent legislation on college loans is being applauded by some, while causing others concern. Check out details about the new law and decide for yourself. And if you're a parent, it's never too soon to start planning.

Best of Parenting Round-Up: Kids and Music Edition

Posted May 14, 2010 by Lain Ehmann

music is critical to our lives, and that love and enjoyment starts at a very young age. This week we take a look at a round-up of blog posts on the importance of music, teaching music to kids, and more.

Fit Body, Fit Mind: Physical Fitness and Academic Achievement

Posted May 11, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

Recent research studies demonstrate a relationship between children's fitness and academic performance.

New Book Blasts Standardized Testing

Posted May 4, 2010 by Lela Davidson

Is standardized testing helping or hurting your child's education? A new book details the ways in which American public schools are deteriorating.

Book Buddies: Kids and Dogs

Posted May 4, 2010 by Fred Lee

Reading to dogs resulted in an improvement in skills and confidence in children.

Promote Summer Reading for Your Kids

Posted May 4, 2010 by Sarah Winfrey

It can seem like kids forget how to read as soon as school is out. If you're concerned about how little time your kids choose to read on their own, here are some tips for helping them keep up their skills over the summer.

Tips for Choosing a Summer Camp

Posted April 30, 2010 by Debbie Dragon

Summer is just around the corner, and if you are contemplating sending your kids to summer camp, you will want to start looking now. Many camps fill up early and the sooner you make a decision the better. Whether you plan to use camp as an alternative to summer day care or as a means for your child to learn and have fun, here are some tips to choosing one that will be a perfect fit for you and your child.

Class, Society, and Children: America’s Increasing Income Gap

Posted April 29, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

The income gap in the United States is widening. And the financial disparity is likely to have a strong effect on children living in poverty.

Bribery for Grades: Good Idea or Bad Setup?

Posted April 28, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

Paying children for academic performance is a controversial topic. Many parents, and some researchers, support the idea. Do you?

Making the Most Out of TV: Tips for Educational and Limited Viewing

Posted April 23, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

Don't let television be just a babysitter for young children. Used properly, television can help entertain and teach your children. Make your child’s time in front of the tube work for everyone.

Schools Near Heavy Traffic Zones May Contribute to Asthma

Posted April 21, 2010 by Fred Lee

Going to school near heavy traffic zones may be just as detrimental to a child's health as when their homes are near the problem areas.

School Choice and Student Discipline

Posted April 21, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

Charter schools and private schools are becoming a popular choice for many parents. As an educator, I don’t think they can do anything public schools can’t, but discipline is still a top concern in today's classroom.

Best of Parenting Round-Up: Earth Day Edition

Posted April 16, 2010 by Lain Ehmann

Earth Day 2010 is April 22, and while it's true that every day should be Earth Day, it's also fun to pick a special time to celebrate the world around us. Today's round-up includes blog posts that will help you shop, eat, play, and live green.

Placentas in the Classroom: Yea or Nay?

Posted April 14, 2010 by Lela Davidson

Your 5th grader comes home and shows you a picture of the placenta she poked and prodded at school. Are you cool with that?

How Are You Celebrating National Poetry Month With Your Kids?

Posted April 11, 2010 by Maggie Wells

April is National Poetry month and a fine time to expose your kids of any age to poetry.

Best of Parenting Round-Up: Kids and Computers Edition

Posted April 9, 2010 by Lain Ehmann

This week, as technofans across the world celebrate the release of the iPad, we pull together some of the best commentary and discourse on the topic of kids and computers.

Reading Achievement and Environment: A Cozy Relationship

Posted April 6, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

A recent study finds an interesting relationship between a child's reading achievement and his or her environment. And it wasn't all just about the books.

Gifted with a Learning Disability: Navigating School

Posted April 5, 2010 by Julie Rains

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It's not unusual for a child to be both gifted and learning disabled. In fact, I think that all children are gifted in some way yet many encounter difficulty at some point. Here are tips on navigating school whether your child has received an official gifted with LD designation or not.

Seat Belts On School Buses: Common Sense Or Unnecessary Expense?

Posted March 31, 2010 by Rhonda Franz

With bicycle helmet recommendations, seat belt laws, car seat rules and regulations, and constant warnings in our society about keeping children safe, it’s hard for a parent to make sense of something that appears, at first, to be common sense: Why don't school buses have seat belts?