Transitioning from a summer of sleeping in, playing all day and staying up late, to a strict school regime with homework and tests is tough for anyone. Factor in things like ADHD, multiple extracurricular activities and a new teacher (and, sometimes, a new school!), and you’ve got the recipe for homework struggles.
It’s easy to keep kids busy in the summer when the sun is shining and a mountain hike or swimming pool awaits. But the rainy days can be a bit more of a challenge, especially when you’re trying to avoid raising couch potatoes.
Many people believe your brain is either hard-wired to do math, or it isn’t and you have to live with it. This just isn’t true. With all that we now know in the field of neuroplasticity, it is clear that our brain can change and nothing is hard-wired in. With proper experiences and training, the way our brain works can be altered.
Middle school music students from across the metro area had a chance to strut their stuff in front of legislators, their aides, parents and community members at a recent ‘Music Education Day’ at the Capitol.
Summer is coming and parents are beginning the scramble to get plans made--trips, camps, sports, and a little downtime too! In addition to all the fun stuff, it is necessary to find activities that keep kids busy during the long summer days and make sure that they don’t lose all the learning they did over the previous school year.
So often in life as well as in science, things would just be easier if they were this or that, black or white, nature or nurture. But like life things just aren't so simple. Right up on the top of the list of non-simple things is our brain. With about 100 billion neurons, that each have between 1 and 1,000 connections to other neurons, our brain is extremely complex.
We are all familiar with IRA's and other retirement accounts and their purpose: to keep our financial livelihood stable as we age. Financial planners always recommend for us to save a little for our future and always have a emergency reserve account, just in case something catastrophic were to happen.
As parents, we are usually the primary source of a financial education for our children. If we want our children to be happy, we need to teach them how to manage the money they will earn, both as young people doing chores, and later, as adults with careers and incomes. It is much harder for our children to create lives that help them achieve their goals and find their individual paths to success without a solid approach to managing finances.
A new calendar year is the perfect time to reflect with your family and talk about the first half of the school year: its successes and its challenges. This applies to both school performance and everyday family life. There are always times when the best-laid plans need to be modified. Review expectations and schedules to further develop a love of learning.
You may have heard about the “Summer Slide.” It’s how teachers refer to the significant decrease in material retention that requires them to spend an average of four to six weeks re-teaching materials in the fall. But even a two-three week holiday break can put a serious dent in learning.
There are things that I would do over if I had the chance (like never getting the never ending pasta bowl at Olive Garden.) One of those things is the way that I approached teaching math. When my son was little he liked math, things were easy. But, some of my distaste of the subject (brought on by years of falling behind in the subject at school and with no one trying to stop the downward spiral of math hatred) rubbed off on him. Suddenly, math was too hard, ugly, not making sense, and it made both of us cry. I labored on through the years trying to shore up his shoddy foundation of math and arithmetic and promised myself that later children would do better because before I even taught them that 1+1=2, I would show them how beautiful and mysterious math could be. I would help them build a solid foundation before trying to erect a city of Mathtopia with various rooms of logic and proofs, theorems and irrational numbers.
LiveWell Colorado recently conducted an evaluation of the LiveWell@School Food Initiative to determine its impact on eight participating school districts and the results are quite promising.
Homework is never a child’s favorite part of school, or a parent’s favorite part either. Too often it is stressful and rushed and a cause of conflict. But it is a necessary part of the learning process and a time that, with a little planning, can be made more fun and more useful for learning than just the assignment at hand.
It’s time to sit down with your family and talk about the coming school year. Coming off the last lazy days of summer, it is the discussions you have now as a family that will help to define a successful transition back into the realm of academia and less flexible schedules. By clearly defining from the beginning your expectations for each of your children, hopefully there will be less frustration and more joy for everyone.
There is still much that doctors, parents and caregivers can learn about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. While answers are constantly being investigated, it should come as no surprise that certain myths abound about ADHD.
Dyslexia is the most common learning disability of children in this country. Surprised? If so, it may be because the old stereotype of a dyslexic is still pervasive – a struggling child, usually a boy, who can’t read because he mixes up similar letters like d’s and b’s.
A wise person once said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” The quote, a subject of debate as to its origin, is believed to be over 80 years old. As a nation, however, we are only just beginning to fully understand and implement the paradigm behind the observation, that there are a variety of equally valid ways of learning and, accordingly, many forms of intelligence.
When we see our children struggle in school it is sometimes hard to know exactly what will help.
In an effort to promote safer riding for students, many school districts have made school bus lap belts mandatory. But the very devices aimed at protecting children actually could be putting them at greater risk for injury, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
When it comes to school, costs are rising across the board. Though tuition hikes get most of the publicity, additional expenses associated with school can add up as well, and school supplies are no exception.
We get our eyes checked, our hearts checked, our teeth checked, but what about our brain? Just like the rest of our body, our brain should get a check-up to monitor how well it is processing, remembering, and using information.
School supplies have evolved significantly over the years. Items that appear on today's school-supply lists may be quite different from yesteryear.
News of swine flu epidemics in schools and the last vestiges of contagion may have dwindled, but that doesn't mean that classroom cleanliness isn't still a safety concern.
Breakfast has long been referred to as the most important meal of the day. It is beneficial for students heading off to school to enjoy a meal before they catch the bus.
Summer melts the shackles of winter and allows us to live once again in the great outdoors. Summer provides the environment and wondrous playground necessary, (yes, necessary), for the proper growth and development of children.
Ahhh, the snow has melted, the hummingbirds have returned, the bears are turning over trash cans and soon you won’t have to drive 20 mph through school zones. We must be approaching summer, which means that children all over Colorado will be freed from the drudgery of being trapped inside classrooms and can retreat to their bedrooms where, for the next two to three months they can play video games, watch television and text incessantly.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is reaching out with a message to parents: beware of what your child is putting into cyberspace.
LITTLETON — By Matt Doran's account, it had been probably three years since he had touched a baseball.
“I didn’t want to go to school.” “I felt sick to my stomach.” “I had a hard time studying.” “I had trouble sleeping.”
Could getting a good night’s sleep and drinking enough water make you smarter?
A snow-less Rocky Mountain spring providing summer-like weather heralds the early reappearance of two of the most feared creatures that roam our beautiful state – the Colorado black bear prowling through back yards looking for food and “helicopter parents” prowling the sidelines of youth sporting events on a mission to protect their young. In recent years, the latter has proven to be much more dangerous than the former.
With many families filling their children’s after-school hours with activities, lessons and sports, today’s child leads a fast-paced life.
High profile incidents of school violence often make headlines for days or even weeks at a time. Once the news cycle has expired, however, these incidents are often forgotten or at least put out of mind by men, women and children who were not directly affected.
The national statistics on pediatric brain injuries are nothing short of alarming. Roughly 2 percent to 4 percent of the child population will have a head injury every year. To put the previous statistic in perspective, it is expected that schools of 1000 students will annually have 40 students sustaining a head injury. At the middle school I service, we typically have about 60 head injuries a year and this number has been consistent for a very long time. The point here is that head injuries in children are widespread and we need to take them very seriously as a major public health issue.
What is the critical factor in raising successful children? Scholars and parents have pondered this important question for millennia. As a psychologist focused on child development, this topic obviously drives my practice and services. It is my hope that both parents and schools instill in children a deep seated belief that will significantly bolster their resiliency and chances for success in life.
Parents have worried about their children since the beginning of time. Such worry is part of being a parent, and parents will worry about things both large and small.
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