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Winter break is approaching and I have found that my students are eager to get away from school. I don’t blame them. I would be lying if I said I hate winter break and rather be in school during this time. It is a time for the students to relax and not worry about their classes. Everyone needs a break. Unfortunately, I am afraid that due to the apathy many students have formed with school, very few are thinking about keeping their mind sharp over the holidays. Now, many parents think that their children should be doing some schoolwork or studying over the break to keep their minds sharp, but I do not agree. I believe this will only make students more uninterested in school. I suggest that you try and let you child relax. Let them do what they love to do. If you want to keep their mind sharp ask them thought provoking questions about the things they like. Encourage them to look into their passions. Try to build their intrinsic motivation to learn by asking them things they care about... read more

As the smell of new boxes of crayons and freshly sharpened pencils fills the isle at the market, parents might be thinking “Help! My child is behind in school and I don’t know what to do. How can you start out behind?” This realization brings a feeling of failure before the new school year has even begun. Although the education system in America has many problems, one of which is constantly allowing students to be promoted to the next grade regardless of their failing to meet the standards required to be promoted, there are many things that parents can do at home to help their child succeed and grow as much as possible. 1) Read, read, read everything in sight! Children of all ages need to hear fluent adults reading to them on a regular basis. This helps them to develop expressiveness in reading, fluency and accuracy, increase vocabulary, and better understand figurative language. It also greatly influences a child when they see that their parents or guardians love to read... read more

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