Ask A Teacher: What kind of Homework is this?

As our children grow so does the complexity of their assignments. What do you do if you can’t help them with an assignment? The first step is to have an established relationship with the teacher. The next step is to ask questions prior to the night before the assignment is due. It is best to look at a project the night it is given and write down any questions you may have. Then ask your  child if they know the  answer. If they can't answer them, then send your list to school with your child. I … [Read more...]

Ask A Teacher: How do I Potty Train?

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Here I go again! I am going to lay the foundation for potty training. My goal is to have my little one trained by the time she is 18 months. I am going to start now. These are the steps that I will take: Buy a doll that pees and poops Place a potty seat in the bathroom for the child but initially use this seat for the doll Feed the baby a bottle. Take the baby to the bathroom. Do this three times a day. Develop a word and a sign for potty. Do both every time you go into the bathroom to go … [Read more...]

Ask A Teacher: How do you Teach SHARING

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Sharing is caring... The secret to teaching is modeling. It isn't enough to just say share. We need to show our children how to acquire this valuable skill. This is a skill that we need to work on through out their lives. It will start with toys and grow into ideas. Then they will need to have the confidence to share who they are with the world. The fondest memories I have are of conversations I have had with my parents over dinner or lunch. It is neat to learn about how they became who they … [Read more...]

Ask a Teacher: Holiday money, now what?

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This year we decided to focus on how to make DOLLARS out of CHANGE. The easiest way, in my opinion, is to start talking to your children about the value of money and teach them to save. My children received a lot of money for the holiday because I implement the one gift per child per person rule. If someone would like to spend more, then they give my children checks, savings bonds, or gift cards to be used later. This is our formula for success: 1) Cash the checks and get cash (I even get cash … [Read more...]

Ask A Teacher- 10 Family Fun Activities

So taking a break today… Instead I am listing 10 fun activities to do if you are snowed in: 1)   Make snow cream, YUMMY! 2)   Put on some music and do puzzles 3)   Bake a treat 4)   Play board games or interactive games like Win, Loose, or Draw 5)   Let the kids “swim” in the tub 6)   Paint the snow. Take squirt bottles or spray bottles and put some Kool Aid in with a little water or use food coloring and paint away (you can also use the Kool Aid to paint with on paper too) 7)   Write … [Read more...]

Ask a Teacher: Dress codes Yes or NO?

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I love dress codes. I have to say, I have seen my share of inappropriate body parts over my career. I have had to call home when a 3rd grader went without underwear.  How did I know? Well, she was telling everyone. I have seen bra straps, bras, bums, underwear, and bellies when I taught sixth grade. I think asking students to cover up is necessary; school is not a place to show what you have. I actually like uniforms. How much easier would my morning be if I didn’t have to pick something my … [Read more...]

Ask A Teacher: How do you keep a teen out of trouble?

The best way to keep any person out of trouble is to keep them busy. This does not mean drag them to every activity you want them to do. Rather it means help them find a passion. Then support this passion and enable your teenage to pursue their dreams. I came across this site that helps teens achieve their dreams. The Do Something site provides grants $500 and up to student with innovative ideas. I realize my high school years were filled with tons of fun but also coupled with a lot of … [Read more...]

Ask A Teacher- Teaching your child what the holiday is about

This is a great one. What are some ways you teach your children to be part of the spirit and not get caught up in the "me" of the holiday? We start early every year we take five birthday gifts and put them away to give to children who do not have much for the holiday. We then have a budget for children in need. We put our coins in a jar. The coins are divided into thirds: 1/3 for our daughters bank account, 1/3 for our sons, and 1/3 for a child in need. My son even does chores to add to the jar. … [Read more...]

Ask A Teacher: How do I teach my child to be thankful?

How do you teach children to be thankful? The answer is simple, lead by example. We make a point of saying what we are thankful for each night. We remind our children that we are lucky to have the things we do and we need to appreciate what we have instead of always wanting new things. Another way to teach thankfulness is to take things away when children do not appreciate them. I know it sounds harsh but, we often do not miss things unless we are without. I have to say, I take the fact that … [Read more...]

Ask A Teacher: How do you handle Stealing?

Ask a Teacher What do you do when your child steals? I say make them give it back to the store or person who they took it from. This needs to be done as soon as possible. If it is from another child call the parent and let them know what happen. It is always important to  “attack” the problem and not the child. When dealing with an issue like stealing be reminded that it is normal but not acceptable. I liked this Article by The Center for Effective Parenting. Click HERE . … [Read more...]