Making School Work For Your Child

 

Making School Work is for parents whose children struggle to work up to their potential in school because of learning issues, problems with attention or development, or social/emotional concerns.  It offers useful information and “helpful hints” drawn from my experience evaluating children and working with parents for over 30 years.  It will focus on giving parents tools so they can help their children succeed, in school and in life. 

Please post your comments, and ask questions.  It’s what teachers tell your children—put your hand up and ask, because there are probably other parents with the same questions!

By now, your children have been in school for 6 or 7 weeks, and, as the saying goes, “the honeymoon may be over”.  We’d all like our children to have an amazing, inspiring, skillful, patient and engaging teacher—wow, I’d like to have friends and co-workers like that, too!—but the reality may be considerably less satisfying. […] Read more »

Date posted: October 16, 2016 | Author: | No Comments »

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Welcome to mid-summer!  I am watching and loving the spectacular of the summer Olympics—the beautiful swimmers and gymnasts, beach volleyball under the stars, rowing and riding, and some sports I’ve never even heard of (white water slalom kayaking?). It makes me think of something I often tell parents of the children I see for testing: […] Read more »

Date posted: August 10, 2016 | Author: | No Comments »

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The school year is almost over, and parents are thinking about summer camp, family vacations, lazy weekends—and freedom from homework, tests and projects! Not so fast.  Summer is 10 weeks- 20 % of the whole school year.  Even during an average school day, teachers don’t have enough instructional time to ensure mastery or boost skills […] Read more »

Date posted: June 16, 2016 | Author: | No Comments »

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This is a question I hear often at the end of the school year.  My professional opinion…sometimes. To help you decide, a few questions, and some answers.  First, who thinks this is a good idea—parents, teachers, or the child himself?  Second, why does it seem a good idea?  And third, what are some other options? […] Read more »

Date posted: May 31, 2016 | Author: | No Comments »

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In my last blog, I talked about all those projects, book reports, research papers, etc. that strike fear in the hearts of parents.  I tried to help parents sort out what was reasonable to expect of their child, and how to help their child develop good organizational skills for the projects.  I got some feedback […] Read more »

Date posted: April 23, 2016 | Author: | No Comments »

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I don’t know about you, but I used to feel anxious when my children came home with certain types of assignments.  A book report.  A science project.  A research paper.  Homework that I didn’t understand.  A test coming up with lots of material to memorize. I felt that I was being tested, and I wasn’t […] Read more »

Date posted: April 7, 2016 | Author: | No Comments »

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It’s spring, and that means more daylight, spring flowers…and standardized testing.  For children with special needs, this often means endless hours of stress.  Tasks that are too difficult are presented in a quiet room away from other students, with the help of a teacher or paraprofessional, broken down into smaller time blocks and smaller “chunks” […] Read more »

Date posted: March 22, 2016 | Author: | No Comments »

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