Easy ways to help your child go to the head of the class(BPT) - The education children receive today will help them throughout their lives. School is the fundamental component of the learning process, but education doesn't stop when kids arrive back home at the end of the day.
"Education and family go hand in hand," says Ellen Marks, curriculum director of Bricks 4 Kidz, an award-winning summer camp and after-school program. "Parents who take an active role by supporting classroom learning will not only see their kids' education blossom, but their relationship with them, too."
The start of the new year is the ideal time to evaluate what you're doing right and where you could improve in regards to supporting your child's education. Marks offers these smart ideas guaranteed to help you keep this resolution in 2017 and beyond:
Connections to real life: One of the best ways to help kids understand classroom lessons is to connect the material to everyday experiences. Practice fractions while cooking. Chat about biology as birds fly by the window. Learning moments are all around, you just have to point them out.
Daily conversations: With a fun, no-pressure approach, go over what your children learned in school. If they don't want to talk right after school, wait until later. During or after dinner may allow enough transition time so you'll find they'll open up more.
Positive attitude: Kids will mirror your attitude toward your work as well as how you view their school, homework and teachers. Stay positive, respectful and model resilience during difficult times; you'll find they'll do the same.
Enriching activities: Select fun after-school activities that emphasize cognitive development while building self-esteem. For example, Bricks 4 Kidz uses relatable tools like LEGO Bricks to teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. Learn more at www.bricks4kidz.com and sign up for an After School class.
The parent-teacher relationship: Sending check-in emails, attending conferences and volunteering are ways to build strong relationships with teachers. Be proactive about asking where your child excels and what areas they may need additional help.
Homework help: Good study habits are essential to excelling at school. Create a comfortable homework space with adequate supplies and few distractions. What's more, be an active partner in your child's homework and assist when needed with gentle guidance and encouragement.
Reading buddies: Reading together can instill a lifelong love of literature. Try reading the same books your child is assigned in school so you can foster a good discussion about characters and storylines. When you both finish the book, rent the film version and plan a movie night.
Active learning opportunities: Reading, writing and solving math problems are passive learning activities. At home, encourage active learning where your child builds models, creates art projects and can ask questions. It's amazing to watch their minds work and see what they create.
Health and wellness: A child must first be well before they can effectively learn. Make sure kids stay fueled with a variety of healthy foods. Next, ensure they get a good night's sleep. Full, well-rested kids are always ready and eager to learn.
Spring is just around the corner, and that can mean only one thing – it’s time for high school students to get creative and start planning how they’ll ask that one all-important question: “Will you go to prom with me?” March 11 is National Promposal Day, a day where high school students across the country can celebrate their creativity by sharing their unique and often elaborate proposals to ask each other to prom.
Make Your Promposal Epic
(Family Features) Spring is just around the corner, and that can mean only one thing – it’s time for high school students to get creative and start planning how they’ll ask that one all-important question: “Will you go to prom with me?”
The go-to destination for prom and formalwear expertise, Men’s Wearhouse, established March 11 as National Promposal Day, a day where high school students across the country can celebrate their creativity by sharing their unique and often elaborate proposals to ask each other to prom.
To spread the news, Men's Wearhouse teamed up with social media superstars Dylan Jordan, Summer McKeen and last year’s Prombassador, Brent Rivera.
“Prom is such an exciting part of high school,” said Summer McKeen, a YouTube vlogger best known for her lifestyle, beauty and fashion content. “It’s really cool that Men’s Wearhouse is inspiring everyone to make the day as special as possible, beginning with the promposal.”
Students who participate in National Promposal Day are encouraged to share their promposal experiences throughout social media by using the hashtag #NationalPromposalDay. You can also check out a special promposal video on YouTube starting March 11 in which Dylan Jordan and Summer McKeen, with help from Brent Rivera, showcase their own epic promposal.
Once the question is asked and the planning is underway, prom-goers can find everything they need for the perfect prom night at menswearhouse.com/prom.SOURCE:
For many moms, heading back to work after maternity leave is something that has always been a part of the plan, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. While you may be worrying about being separated from baby for an extended period and interrupting your carefully crafted breastfeeding schedule, there are ways to help make the transition back to work easier for you and your little one.
5 Tips for Transitioning Back to Work After a Baby
(Family Features) For many moms, heading back to work after maternity leave is something that has always been a part of the plan, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. This leads to concern about not having enough time to bond with baby, stress about pumping at work and maintaining your milk supply.
While you may be worrying about being separated from baby for an extended period and interrupting your carefully crafted breastfeeding schedule, there are ways to help make the transition back to work easier for you and your little one.
Ease Into the New Routine
Purchase Pumping Essentials
Take Your Lunch Break
Maintain the Bond
Keep the Connection
Working mothers have a handful of challenges to face, but planning ahead and following these tips can help ensure the transition is as smooth as possible.SOURCE:
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