(Written by Irene Kovalyova) Homeschooling is becoming more and more popular among parents in US these days. Research conducted in last few years showed a significant increase in the number of children, who are homeschooled, from 1.7% in 1998 to 2.9% in 2007. What for some is a question of choice, for others is a necessity. Many children, who live in remote, rural areas or frequently travel and relocate have no other choice but to be homeschooled by their parents or professional tutors. However, in the vast group of homeschooled children there are some families, which deliberately made the decision to refrain from sending the children to public or private schools. What are the benefits and disadvantages of this decision? Is homeschooling better or worse than typical school education? [Read more...]
(Written by Christine Maddox) With Halloween just around the corner you may be in a frenzy trying to prepare your home and family. However you do not have to spend a lot of money for this fun and silly holiday. Save some money for Christmas gifts with these five cheap ways to enjoy Halloween:
You do not have to break the bank to get great treats to give away to trick or treaters. It can be as simple as finding affordable alternatives to fun favorites. For example you can get a bag of mini Snickers bars for the same price as a six pack of regular sized bars. Mix that up with some affordable Pixy Stix or Smarties and you have a combo that kids will love to get. Think small and affordable when buying Halloween candy. You can also look for the best deal in your local ads and stores. Some stores even have buy one get one free offers, discounts the day before Halloween, and other great offers. Check the regular candy aisle too. Sometimes the packaging for Halloween means a higher cost. When giving out the treats make sure you hand them out personally. Do not let greedy fingers grab too much. Instead make sure everyone gets their fair share and gets to join in on the fun. Since younger kids come early you can even wrap up the night before it gets too late and avoid the larger, more aggressive older kids. Set out whatever is left over and let the cards fall as they may. [Read more...]
(Written by Jeremy Coutcher) Children often play a lot and never seem to lose energy throughout the entire day. Most of them will surely need carbohydrates and protein in order to sustain their daily energy needs. If not, they will manifest different kinds of signs of being unhealthy. Children with less carbohydrate intake will feel tired all the time, they become sleepy, and they become inattentive at school.
Parents who want to take good care of their children should serve them healthy food. Most parents usually let their children decide which food to eat by giving them money to buy food at the cafeteria. But, that should not be the case. Any parent who wants their child to be healthy should be ready to prepare healthy food every day. Also, some parents who are too busy to prepare meals everyday consider meal delivery services that can save the time.
(Written by Leslie Mason) Family. That one word can mean the world to a child. Your family might be a “traditional” family, meaning that there are two parents with their biological children. Or your family might be “nontraditional,” meaning it might be blended, or you might have an adopted child or two. No matter what kind of family you have, it’s important to make sure your children know that they are loved. It’s important for your family to have a loving bond, and there are many different activities you can do to ensure your children feel loved.
Here is a list of 4 great activities that will help your family bond. These are tried-and-true activities—I used them on my family when my children were younger—and they can bring your family closer together too. [Read more...]
(Written by Leslie Mason) Back-to-school season is stressful enough for any parent, especially if it’s a child’s first year at school. No parent feels this more than the parent of a child (or multiple children) with disabilities.
If you’re a parent with a disabled child and this is your first time sending a child to school, letting them out of your home where you can’t protect them is probably scaring you to bits. However, if you know what to do, you can give them a good school-time experience, even if you’re not there every minute. Here are 5 things you can do to make your child’s life easier for them, and for you. [Read more...]
(Written by Michelle Bridges) Kindergarten is a very important phase for any child. This is where they will be able to develop their social and intellectual skills. Below are the benefits your children will receive when they attend kindergarten.
- Knowing the basic school lessons early
(Written by Laura Greening) These days, with so many distractions and instant sources of interest, young kids do not seem to enjoy school as they once did. There is no longer the desire to learn and improve their knowledge. It makes the job difficult for parents who want to see them do well in life, and have a firm grounding from school. This article will explore ways to encourage kids to enjoy school and to look forward to it. [Read more...]
(Written by Abigail Grabein) A couple of times during the school year the local 5th grade class goes to an assisted living to volunteer their time with the seniors by playing games and doing other activities with them.
The children thoroughly enjoy their time spent putting together puzzles, playing Bingo and making arts and crafts with the residents of the assisted living. The children enjoy that they get an afternoon off from school to go and “play” with the seniors, but what they don’t know is how much the seniors look forward to the kids coming for an afternoon. [Read more...]
(Written by Sam Wright) We’re a good way into the summer holidays now, so it’s time to start seriously thinking about getting your back to school preparations done. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your holidays, far from it. But for many children the summer holidays can be a massive step back in terms of how much of their learning they retain over the summer, and when they do get back to school they’re going to have to be ready to move onto new and hard tasks. With that in mind, you might want to get these jobs out of the way now: [Read more...]
(Written by David Zugnoni) My dear friend chased his 5-year-old boy from toy-polluted room to toy-polluted room. When he wasn’t chasing, he was sitting, ordering the boy around, which tired him out more than all that chasing. He and I had a conversation in 10-second intervals between outpourings of language from the little tot, whose frenetic hands touched several toys in any given minute.
This kid had so much energy, physical and mental, that he didn’t know what to do with it. He was eager to learn, a state of being that a parent may not cherish until it’s gone. When we say, “Strike while the iron is hot,” we don’t usually mean pre-kindergarten learning, but maybe we should. [Read more...]