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Strategies for Math Word Problems

Math word problems are among the most challenging activities for children and adults. Being able to do them is an important skill to have because we often have to figure out math-related problems in everyday life. Word problems involve many skills, concepts and procedures. In order to manage all of these demands, child should use systematic strategies that will aid in the successful completion
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Reading to Your Child

Want to know what will help your child the most as she progresses beyond third grade?  Reading to your child will have the greatest benefit.  The reason?  Experts tell us there is a difference between our spoken and written vocabulary.  Children will have a hard time reading words that they have never heard.  Most schools begin to introduce books that are written in literary
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Making Rules For Your Family – Part II

Every family needs to have rules. If a family has some rules that are non-negotiable, and have logical consequences, the whole family will be more relaxed. These rules should be explained clearly, and repeated when appropriate.  Big brother is told when he is angry to use his words, and his little sister can rest assured her big brother will not hit her.  When Dad puts matches in a safe place, he reminds
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Discipline without Damage

  Human nature being what it is, we know children will push against the boundaries that are set for them.  They want to know what the consequences are.  They want to know what they can get away with.  We need to correct them to teach them that rules are to be respected.  But we also want to encourage them to try again, and not feel rejected when they
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Your Children Need a Leader

Being a parent can be a very demanding job. You can be so busy with your children – meeting their needs, considering their schedules, and buying them supplies – that you begin to feel like their executive assistant, rather than being the parent.  Remember, you are in charge, and children need an example of good leadership. Here are some tips to help you turn
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Making Rules For Your Family: Part I

The atmosphere of your home is so important.  You as a parent need peace in order to plan ahead, carry out tasks, and enjoy your children.  And children need peace in order to accomplish their goals as well.  Although they sometimes seem to get in trouble just because they need attention, most of the time they want to be able to cooperate with their
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Homework Challenges

Getting your child to do his/her homework can be a real struggle. You can praise him/her when it’s finished, and give him/ her a reward, but wouldn’t it be nice if your child did his/her homework on their own, without your input? You want your child to be self-motivated, not just do things for an external reward. One way to train your child toward that goal is
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Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children – Part II

The list is neither exhaustive nor incontestable, but it does capture many highlights in the course of literacy acquisition that have been revealed through several decades of research. Of course, the timing of these accomplishments will to some extent depend on maturational and experiential differences among children. Three – To Four-Year-Old Accomplishments knows the alphabet letters are a special category of visual graphics that
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Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children – Part I

This list is neither exhaustive nor incontestable, but it does capture many highlights in the course of literacy acquisition that have been revealed through several decades of research. Of course, the timing of these accomplishments will to some extent depend on maturational and experiential differences among children. Birth to Three-Year-Old Accomplishments  recognizes specific books by cover pretends to read books understands that books are
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Day-to-Day Teachable Moments

We all want our children to learn to read, but sometimes in our zeal for wanting to help we make our child even more reluctant to try.  Don’t force him to read.  Take a softer approach.  Take advantage of those day-to-day teachable moments. When you’re looking for your exit on the highway, ask your child to tell you when he sees the sign that starts with a
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