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The last few days of school always seem like such a waste of time. I am thinking of getting an early start on our...

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It seems to me that basic responsibility is not emphasized in school as it once was. My fourth grade daughter is allowed to call...

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I have been disappointed with the reading curriculum at my children’s elementary school. Kids are allowed to choose all of their own books, and...

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My second grade daughter is starting to get excited about reading and can read simple chapter books. How do I go about picking appropriate books for...

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My fourth grade daughter insists that I sit with her while she does her homework. I have so much going on getting dinner ready and...

Common Misconceptions about ADHD

“Isn’t everyone a little ADHD?”    “Those kids just don’t want to sit still.”    “Girls don’t have ADHD.”    “I was the same way when I was in school,...

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My sixth grader started out the year so strong, but now she is struggling to get her work in on time. She keeps good...

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My child’s teacher said she will have volunteer sign-ups at the open house on the evening before school starts. I love the idea of...

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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...

Ask the Teacher: Daily Summer Reading Requirements

My son’s school asks that we read a minimum of 15 minutes per day with our child over the summer. I know summer reading...

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My son’s school asks that we read a minimum of 15 minutes per day with our child over the summer. I know reading is important and I...

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I always struggle to come up with good gift ideas for my children’s teachers at the end of the year. What kinds of presents do teachers...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

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My daughter is so disorganized. When she heads to middle school next year and has a locker, I don’t know how she will manage....

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I hear comments all the time about restricting screen time for my young kids. They love playing video games so much that I just...

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My fourth grade son was surprised and upset that he did not get straight A’s for the last quarter of the year. How can...

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...

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