WHAT YOUR CHILD SHOULD LEARN IN 5TH GRADE

Your child is in the final years of their elementary school career. Since kindergarten, they have been preparing for the moment when they would finally make the leap into middle school. This is a nerve-wracking time for parents who wonder whether their children are academically ready for the next stage. If you’re wondering what your children should be learning by …

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9 DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES THAT YOU SHOULDN’T OVERLOOK

While it is perfectly reasonable for parents to worry about their little ones, you should try not to be overly concerned about your child’s developmental milestones. Each child is different, so you should not expect every child to hit the same milestones at the same age. It is not race. However, there are some developmental milestones that may alert parents …

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HOW TO DEAL WITH A CHILD WHO STEALS

If you found a pack of gum you didn’t purchase in your child’s coat pocket, you should know that you aren’t alone. Roughly one-fourth of all shoplifters are children, according to research from the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention. Parents rightfully panic over the idea that their child is a thief and worry about the long-term implications of frequent shoplifting. …

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10 COMMON QUESTIONS KIDS ASK AND HOW YOU SHOULD ANSWER

If you have kids, you know they ask a lot of questions, and they expect you to have the answers. Studies have revealed that kids ask as many as 73 questions a day. Responding to that many questions on a daily basis may make you feel like you are a personal Google search service for your children. Questions about sex, …

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EMPATHY-BUILDING IDEAS FOR YOUR CLASSROOM

It’s not always easy to see someone else’s perspective. Anyone who tries to see from another viewpoint has to take into consideration another person’s past experiences and current emotions. Understanding what another person is going through requires empathy, which is a learned characteristic. Recognize types of empathy Psychologists recognize two kinds of empathy, affective and cognitive. Shared emotional response: Laughter, …

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DO PRESCHOOL TEACHERS REALLY NEED TO BE COLLEGE GRADUATES?

Let’s get right into it. Yes, preschool teachers need to be college graduates. As a matter of fact, they need a bachelor’s degree, not and associates. Why? Because they need to have a well-rounded understanding of child development, early childhood education, etc. For instance, an associates degree (2-year) in early childhood education at Jay Sargent Reynolds Community College in Virginia …

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HOW CHILDHOOD TRAUMA RESULTS IN BRAINS WIRED FOR FEAR

Today, I want to discuss childhood trauma and how it leads to brains wired for fear. As I write this article, I am thinking about a former love interest. I remember her telling me the gory details of all the childhood trauma that she endured, and it made me feel a bit guilty for having lived a relatively sheltered childhood …

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8 TIPS ON NURTURING YOUR YOUNG CHILD’S CURIOSITY

We often take for granted the role that curiosity plays in the learning process. Research has shown that curious children outperform their peers in the subjects of reading and math. But how can we nurture curiosity in young children? To develop this skill, children need to be taught socio-emotional skills like imagination, innovation, invention, resilience, focus, and the ability to …

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THE BEST STORIES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

Before the advent of all access TV, phones that play videos and games, and movies that can be accessed at any time and from anywhere, parents used to plan bedtime around reading stories together. It is not uncommon to hear a small child say, “I want Horton Hears a Who!” But, is it the same for the child’s brain when …

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FOUR COGNITIVE SKILLS SUPERCHARGED BY MUSIC EDUCATION

In recent times, music programs seem to be one of the elements being reduced or eliminated in schools. However, music has so many educational benefits for all students, not just for those who are musically gifted. Students that are not musically talented can also participate and sharpen different cognitive skills while musically inclined students will take their learning one step …

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FIVE WAYS TO KEEP PRESCHOOLERS ACTIVE AND UNLOCK LEARNING POTENTIAL

When imagining a preschool classroom, one may picture a loud classroom with yelling toddlers and toys strewn across the room mixed with some tears and tired teachers. That may very well be the scene to an outsider, but, deep within that classroom, flames of knowledge are igniting to shape the futures of those small humans who learn through activity. Harnessing …

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HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GPA, COLLEGE GPA, AND CUMULATIVE GPA

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is a figure that represents all the letter grades you earned in either college or high school. Abridging the letter grades on your transcript into one score provides colleges and businesses with a quick overview of your academic acumen and helps you stay on top of your educational goals. Gratefully, our GPA calculator calculates your …

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HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE GRADES

Thinking back on my K-12 and college years, I remember hearing my parents say “keep your grades up.” If it weren’t for good grades, I might not be where I am, on the second half of a purpose-filled career in the field of education. If you are a K-12 or college student looking to maintain or increase your GPA, you …

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HOW COMPARING GRADES CAN STUNT YOUR INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT

We all know the feeling, you work hard to prepare for an exam, craft the perfect essay, or develop the perfect project, and now its time to receive your grade. Back in my day, we had to wait until the teacher physically provided you with your score, but now, students in K-12 and college can simply sign into their school’s …

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SHOULD YOU USE PERFORMANCE-BASED ASSESSMENTS INSTEAD OF TRADITIONAL?

According to ASCD, “In the act of learning, people obtain content knowledge, acquire skills, and develop work habits—and practice the application of all three to “real world” situations.” The goal of performance-based assessments is the application of skills, strategies, and concepts to the problems institutions and businesses wrestle with in real life. Moving from head knowledge to problem-solving benefits students in …

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