Preparation is key for parent-teacher conference success

It’s that time of year. Many schools have scheduled fall parent-teacher conferences as the midpoint or end of the schools’ first marking period approaches. These meetings with your child’s teachers are a vital opportunity to build the team that supports each student— and yet most conferences are scheduled in blocks of 30 minutes or less! Planning ahead for the parent-teacher conference can help you to make the most of the experience.

Remember that you are the expert on your child, while the teacher is the expert on teaching. The best outcome of a parent-teacher conference is enhanced collaboration on the

Scissors, paper, glue… March is National Crafts Month. How kids learn through hands-on craft projects!

ArtThe desire to create is inherent in all of us and for children, that’s especially true.  Children of all ages enjoy the creative process, whether it’s painting with brilliant poster paints, fashioning objects from clay, or stitching together felt pieces. Taking raw materials – from empty egg cartons to dried beans – and reimagining them into a personal vision of beauty is a measurable accomplishment is truly personal. When kids are provided with the proper materials and a little guidance, the possibilities are endless!

In addition to creative engagement, hands-on craft activities teach kids a host of other skills, as …