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How to Help Your
Kids Succeed In School All Year/AFA
Research shows that parental involvement in schools improves student achievement, reduces absenteeism and restores confidence among parents in their children's education
How to Help Your Kids Succeed In School All Year/AFA
Research shows that parental involvement in schools improves student achievement, reduces absenteeism and restores confidence among parents in their children's education.
"Children need parents who have an interest in what's going on in the classroom," said Reg Weaver, president of the National Education Association. "Parents must do everything they can to get their children fully engaged at school, reinforce their learning at home and develop a strong relationship with their teachers."
NEA, the nation's largest educators organization, offers the following tips for parents on how they can ensure a successful educational experience for their children:
*Go to parent-teacher conferences. If the school doesn't have them, set aside a time to meet with your children's teachers. Ask how your children are doing and review their work. Let the teachers know how and when it is best to reach you. Finally, ask how you can support your children's learning at home.
*Visit the classrooms. Getting a firsthand look at what is going on in your children's classrooms will help you stay informed about what they are learning at school.
*Join the PTA or other parent group. Go to school events, such as back-to-school night. As a group, parents can help schools reach their goals.
*Pay attention to what your children are learning at school. Be aware of what they need to know to meet the standards set for their grade level.
*Contact the school if you have any concerns.
Parental involvement also means reading to your children, checking homework every night, limiting television viewing on school nights or simply asking your children about their school day.
"Whatever your level of involvement, do it consistently and regularly because it will make an important difference in your children's lives," Weaver said.
How To Make Puppets
With Your Children
Kids like to play with puppets, because they can use their fantasy during this period (and they have rich imagination). They can imagine peoples, animals, different situations and life attitudes. These puppets will be prepared from wooden spoon. This is a simple and cheap kid crafts idea, which is in every household. The preparing of the puppets is also so interesting for the young and the elder children as well. It will entertain your kids for a while. O.K. let's see the nec...
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Kids like to play with puppets, because they can use their fantasy during this period (and they have rich imagination). They can imagine peoples, animals, different situations and life attitudes. These puppets will be prepared from wooden spoon. This is a simple and cheap kid crafts idea, which is in every household. The preparing of the puppets is also so interesting for the young and the elder children as well. It will entertain your kids for a while. O.K. let's see the necessary materials!
You need the following raw materials:
* wooden spoon
* colorful ribbon
Really simple and used things. And the game can begin!
First of all let your kids choose their favourite animals. For example: dog, cat, lion, horse, dolphin and so on...
Second step: paint the wooden spoon with the basic colour. You can use bravely high colors. (kids like this) For example a mouse can be blue, the cat may be pink, in this case it's not problem. The main thing is your child feel the decision freedom and use his or her imagination. (You can take a look at a sample picture on my website.)
Third step: cut ears from the cardboard, embellish these and fix with the glue to the wooden spoon.
Fourth step: paint face (eyes, nose, mouth, moustache, tooth ...) for the animal puppet.
Last step: tie with colorful ribbon the neck of the puppet.
We have finished our puppet.
Only your fantasy set a limit to the number of the puppets you can make. Also you can prepare the members of the family or friends or classmates, as puppets. And you can organize occassions, where your child will perform their tales or stories. Your kids will love it and you will enjoy it!
You can find pictures and much more crafts for child and parents also on my website.
How to Avoid
Tantrums in Kids of All Ages
Kids of all ages will have tantrums, it's a well known fact. Learn how to avoid them quickly and easily.
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Let’s face it, kids will be kids and they can’t possibly always be happy with every single decision that is made for them. Even from a very young age a child realizes that he/she is, in fact, a REAL person, with feelings, thoughts and emotions. This often leads to them wanting to do things their own way, making their own choices, or just not wanting to do as they’re told.
Here’s a scenario: your child is sitting happily playing with building bricks, or maybe playing on a games console, totally engulfed in his or her own world, and it’s time for dinner. You ask your child to drop what they’re doing there and then, to tidy up quickly, to leave their ‘happy place’ and come eat. Your child refuses to do as asked, wondering within why on earth you’re being mean and spoiling their fun.
You, on the other hand may think the child is being naughty or obstinate. You remove the toys/games abruptly and the volcano erupts! Your child is throwing a full-blown tantrum!
Now, let’s re-create the scenario: As before, your child is sitting happily playing and you’re about to start making dinner. You give the child fair warning that playtime will be ending soon, in say 5-10 minutes, and that they will then need to put their things away so that they can help you make dinner.
Stick to your time-frame and get the things put away (help if you’re needed), and involve your child in the dinner-making. Depending on your child’s age this could be anything from wiping the table to boiling potatoes or even carving the meat. (Ok, so we may not have huge set meals every day, but you get the idea).
Wow! You just avoided a MAJOR tantrum! Your child is involved and happy, you are happy and non-stressed! Well Done You!
You can do this sort of thing with just about any scenario. Turn it around from something negative i.e. removing child from ‘happy place’ and replacing in ‘upset place’, to moving child from one happy place to another. You just have to make sure that your child knows beforehand that something other than what they are doing at the moment will soon be happening.
Let your child get involved and make sure you tell him/her how much you appreciate their help and co-operation. This way you will avoid the horrid confusion that ultimately leads to those dreadful tantrums.