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Sign-ups for fall sports and activities start in just a few weeks. The options and commitments are overwhelming. What is a reasonable amount of afterschool activity for a fourth grader? The opportunities for kids to participate in sports, music, theater, art and more seem to...

Ask the Teacher: Waiting for Kindergarten

My son just turned five and is looking forward to starting kindergarten in the fall. Several friends have asked me whether I am sending him or holding him back a year. That thought never crossed my mind! I thought...

Ask the Teacher: Technology in Classrooms

This article appears in our February 2016 issue of Indy’s Child Parenting Magazine. Flip through it here or pick up a copy today at your local Marsh or Kroger store, YMCA, public library or community center. Q: I have a great deal...

Ask the Teacher: Do-over assignments

I am very surprised that my fifth grade daughter is allowed to do-over assignments, including re-taking tests. I am concerned that she is not seeing the repercussions of failing to prepare in the way she should. Why aren’t teachers...

Making Required Reading a Positive Experience

My son’s teacher requires him to read for twenty minutes five nights a week. We spend twice that amount of time trying to get him to complete the reading. I am sure these battles will result in him hating...

Math Facts

When I attended Parent Night for my third grade son, I was surprised when the teacher said that she would not be emphasizing math facts during third grade. She said it was not a priority of the math program...

Bullying programs

I have a hard time imagining that bullying is any worse than it ever was. Some kids are just mean. Why is so much school time being devoted to this topic? Bullying has been on the landscape of every childhood;...

Ask the Teacher

Can you explain what “PBL” means? My daughter’s new teacher has this term listed on her classroom webpage but I’m not sure what it refers to. “PBL” is an acronym for Problem Based Learning. It is an approach to education...

Ask the Teacher: Trip tips

We have a long driving vacation planned, and it seems like a good opportunity for reinforcing some school skills. What can I do other than give my son workbooks and books to read? Traveling certainly does present many opportunities for...

Ask the Teacher: Summer reading

I hated reading over summer break when I was a kid. How can I keep my daughter from feeling the same way? Summer is the best time to make reading fun! Check out what your local library or area book...

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