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Thursday, May 31, 2012

12 Summer Reading and Writing Activities

With the school year over, it’s time to focus on strengthening the academic gains that your child achieved during the year. Summer is the perfect time for reinforcing and expanding those academic gains. Spending time reading and writing during the summer builds good vocabulary, encourages creative writing and develops comprehension skills. 

Be sure that you and your child spend at least 30 minutes each day reading.

Here are 12 excellent reading and writing activities that you can do during the summer:

1.  Visit the library – Make visiting the library a weekly event. Allow your children to get their own library card.

2.  Read a poem – Choose a poem and read it with your child, discussing how the poem rhymes.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Day Activities for Kids

If you are like our family, Memorial Day weekend was spent relaxing, enjoying family, barbequing, playing cards and going to the movies. Memorial Day weekend has become a three-day celebration of the start of summer. However, I believe it is important for children, and especially teenagers, to understand the true meaning of why we commemorate Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who gave their lives to serve our country and keep us safe.

If you spent your weekend enjoying family activities, than you might want to spend this week educating your children on the true meaning of Memorial Day. These activities would make a great start to an educational summer:

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The ABC’s of Parenting: Attitude


“There's very little difference in people.
But that little difference makes a big difference.
The little difference is attitude.
The BIG DIFFERENCE is whether it is positive or negative.”
W. Clement Stone

During the first year that I was Principal, I learned very quickly that my attitude not only made a difference in my day, but that of the teachers and students at the school. I read this great quote that first year, “When the Principal sneezes, everyone catches a cold.” I’m not sure who said it, but I think it is a great quote and one that works just as well for parents.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Graduation Etiquette

Graduation Etiquette Tips

During the month of May many schools hold graduation ceremonies, from high school and college graduations to eighth grade and kindergarten graduations. As a school administrator, I have spent the last 14 years guiding students, teachers and parents through the graduation process. Along the way, I have learned a few etiquette tips and tricks; and a few etiquette boo-boo’s. Graduation is a very important event in every child’s life. To make your child’s graduation experience memorable, it is important that both you and your child understand correct graduation etiquette.

Here are 7 graduation etiquette tips:
ü  If you receive an announcement or invitation to graduation, it is polite to RSVP that you are or are not attending. This allows the parents of the graduate to save seats for you at the ceremony. If there is a party planned later, the parents need to know.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Get Caught Reading Month

May is Get Caught Reading Month

Spending time reading with your child is one of the most important things you can do as a family. Besides the fact that you are reinforcing reading and building reading skills, spending time reading gives you valuable one-to-one time with your child.

I am talking about actually reading together.  I was sitting in a restaurant the other day with my husband, when I looked over and noticed a father and son sitting at a table close by. They were both reading…however, they were both reading their own I-Pads, separately. There was no interaction or conversation going on between the two. That is not what I call reading together.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

What does RSVP mean?

Simple Parent Tips – The Meaning of RSVP

Last week I received an invitation through the mail to a retirement party for a friend. At the end of the invitation was printed, “Please RSVP with the number attending by May 16.” In this day of email invitations, the use of RSVP is seen less and less. However, I think it is important for children and teenagers to understand the etiquette and meaning behind RSVP.

RSVP, which is French, translates to repondez s’il vous plait or in plain old English, please let me know if you are coming.

Responding to RSVP is a simple courtesy often forgotten. Most of the time you can respond to an RSVP request through a phone call or email. However, with formal invitations, such as weddings, the response is generally in the form of a response card.

When you take the time to tell the host you are coming, you give her the opportunity to plan the event much more easily and efficiently. Informing the host allows her to accurately plan for the type and amount of food, and for the number of chairs and tables to provide.

Next time you or your child receives an invitation take a moment to respond to the RSVP. Your host will be pleasantly surprised.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

National Teacher Appreciation Week

Teachers are some of the hardest working people I know. As a teacher myself, in years past, I am very aware of all of the additional preparation and work that goes on during the weekends, summers and in the evenings.

Many people think teachers have an easy job. They say teachers have summers off, all the major holidays off, fall break, spring break and Christmas break. However, what no one realizes is that for many teachers that time is spent in preparation for the upcoming semester or school year.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Prayer Begins at Home

In honor of the National Day of Prayer, May 3, 2012, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about prayer in the home. During the years our boys were growing up, we always made time for prayer in our home. Prayer was and is an integral part of our family and life. No matter what your religious beliefs, I believe teaching the power of prayer to children is time well spent.

Here are a couple of suggestions for teaching prayer in the home:
1.      Make prayer a regular occurrence in your home; upon awaking, before bed and at each meal.
2.      Demonstrate prayer through your own actions; have your children observe you in prayer.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

How to Teach Courtesy

Courtesy Begins at Home

Do you ever wonder why some kids are polite and kind, and other kids are rude and constantly misbehaving?

I believe teaching courtesy, etiquette and polite behavior begins at home. The dictionary defines courtesy as, “polite and considerate behavior.” Children learn many things through observation, both good and bad. One of the best ways to teach courtesy is by demonstrating courteous and considerate behavior in your home. Here are 9 simple tips for developing courtesy in children and teens:

1.      Say please and thank you
2.      Hold the door open for elders and women