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9 Ways to Keep Calm and Do Homework

9 Ways to Keep Calm and Do Homework

My eldest is in second grade and my second child is a kindergartner. They love the school, the teacher, and their classmates. Homework, on the other hand, is quite the chore. After some tinkering, we learned to stop worrying and deal with (if not quite love) math homework. 1. Get involved: Parent participation seems to be especially important with mathematics homework. Studies have also shown a link between a father’s involvement and a daughter’s continued interest … Read entire article »

Filed under: Academic Achievement, Common Core, Homework

Why is the US Behind in Math and Science? Join the STEM Challenge #PBSKidsSC

Why is the US Behind in Math and Science? Join the STEM Challenge #PBSKidsSC

Remember when every kid wanted to go to space camp and become an astronaut? The frontier is now digital but sciences and mathematics are just as important as they ever were. Curiosity about the world and a creative approach to problem solving are at the core of what I want to impart to my children. And the sciences are building blocks of those sorts of critical thinking skills. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are increasingly the access … Read entire article »

Filed under: Academic Achievement, Logical-Mathematical, Mathematics, Science, Technology

Do We Have the Will? At #GiveEducation with P&G and John Legend

Do We Have the Will? At #GiveEducation with P&G and John Legend

Education is our future and we are standing at the crossroads.  Too many of our children, mostly our poor and our children of color, are falling through the cracks of a system that was not designed to reward the creativity and independent thinking necessary for success in the 21st century. Although we are in the middle of our Smart Summer Challenge, I passed the learning adventure guide hat to my husband. I took the day to learn … Read entire article »

Filed under: Academic Achievement, Drop-Out, Social Justice

Is Homework Worthwhile?

Is Homework Worthwhile?

My almost five year old daughter is too young for homework–or at least that is what I believe.  She’s picked up on the idea somewhere, though, and has introduced it into her play: “My homework today is to dance!” When my son, almost three, mimicked her, “My homework is to throw this ball,” his sister replied, “You’re too young for homework!” But is homework an effective learning tool at any age? Homework’s Effect is Negligible…Except in Math An interesting … Read entire article »

Filed under: Academic Achievement, All Ages, Mathematics

Play or Practice Makes Perfect? Is Raising a Genius the Goal?

Play or Practice Makes Perfect? Is Raising a Genius the Goal?

Remember the Mozart Effect? Turns out that the media made a mountain out of a molehill. Playing any type of music the listener enjoys gives a temporary bump in cognitive abilities. But playing Mozart through the nursery iPod or headphones placed strategically above your occupied uterus does not turn your child into, well…Mozart. Or Baby Einstein, for that matter. Well-meaning arts teachers, desperate to avoid the axe, and loving parents, hopeful of their child’s future … Read entire article »

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Are Picture Books Out of the Picture?

Are Picture Books Out of the Picture?

With great sadness, I read The New York Times’ (hopefully premature) obituary for the picture book: The picture book, a mainstay of children’s literature with its lavish illustrations, cheerful colors and large print wrapped in a glossy jacket, has been fading. It is not going away — perennials like the Sendaks and Seusses still sell well — but publishers have scaled back the number of titles they have released in the last several years, and booksellers … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), Academic Achievement, Literacy, Sight