How to support your child with homework

Is homework a struggle for your child?  Most of us remember homework as part of our own learning experience, but not all of those memories are fond.

You might remember slaving away over a research paper while your friends were having fun, or lower grades when you missed turning in a homework assignment. You might also remember discovering the key to a challenging math problem during independent practice, or discovering a passion through learning what you liked to spend the most time on.

Believe it or not, teachers don’t assign homework because they enjoy it. Most genuinely believe that homework

Some ways to stretch our gratitude muscles

Do you keep a gratitude journal?

Over the last few years, gratitude journals have turned into an industry, with a huge variety of custom-made journals available on Amazon, testimonials from Oprah, and guidebooks in the self-help section. Positive psychologists have found that when people actively seek out gratitude in their everyday lives, they are likely to become happier and healthier.

Gratitude expert Robert Emmons notes in his essay “Why Gratitude is Good” that gratitude has two key components. “First,” he writes, “it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the

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

Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge 2015-2016 Competition Announced

conrad spirit of innovation logoThe Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge is an annual multi-phase competition that challenges high school students (ages 13-18) from across the globe to use STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), innovation and entrepreneurship to develop technologies and solutions to real-world needs. The Conrad Challenge was founded by Nancy Conrad in honor of her late husband, astronaut, innovator and entrepreneur, Charles “Pete” Conrad, Jr. The 2015-2016 Challenge marks the 10th competition.

Participants work together in teams of two to five members to develop solutions in one of four categories: Aerospace & Aviation, Energy & Environment, Cyber Technology & Security and Health …

Start school off right! Better sleep habits for kids of all ages

Boy SleepingIf your child winces as the morning alarm rings or repeatedly hits snooze, take note. According to WedMD, “Sleep is no less important than food, drink, or safety in the lives of children. Although this may seem apparent many of us actually do not allow our children to get the critical sleep they need to develop and function properly.” Scary words for parents everywhere!

But, what exactly is “enough” sleep for kids? The National Sleep Foundation guidelines suggest that requirements vary significantly by age:

  • Preschoolers typically sleep 11-13 hours each night
  • Children aged six to 13 need 9-11 hours of