14 April 2014 08:00 AM

Technology Alone Won’t Guarantee School Success

by rbavaria
Here’s something that needs to be said. Technology skills alone won’t guarantee school – or any other kind of – success. There are other skills, habits, and attitudes we adults need to encourage in kids, the human traits that computers and even the most advanced technology simply don’t have.

Such as? Here are a few. [More]
7 April 2014 08:00 AM

Let Kids Come Up With Answers

by rbavaria
I’ve learned a lot working with kids over the years, but no lesson is more important than the one I learned early in my career: I don’t need to know all the answers all the time.

Here are some examples I’ve dealt with both at home and in the classroom. [More]
31 March 2014 08:00 AM

Have Fun Reading to Children

by rbavaria
We adults – parents and teachers – have a short window of opportunity to hook kids on reading. They’re wide-eyed and eager for only so long before other temptations compete for their attention and time. Any time we can pique kids’ interest in reading, show them what fun it can be, and spend high-quality time with them, we should jump at the chance. Here are a couple of ideas. [More]
24 March 2014 08:00 AM

Stay Away from Gossip

by rbavaria
One of my favorite adages – I've heard it since I was a kid from parents and other adults – reminds us that “Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.” Wise words as true today as it was years ago.

School gossip never leads to anything good. Kids get hurt, angry, sad, and lonely from it. Here are some things we adults, parents and teachers, can do to help. [More]
17 March 2014 08:00 AM

Do History With Kids Early and Often

by rbavaria
For the past few weeks we’ve been discussing how to help prepare kids with early school success. Talk with them early and often to develop language proficiencies. Encourage them early and often to count, measure, and estimate to begin their math skills. Show them early and often how science is part of everyday life to build curiosity and persistence. Today let’s talk history. [More]
10 March 2014 08:00 AM

Do Science With Kids Early and Often

by rbavaria
Just as we introduce our kids to language skills – reading, writing, speaking, listening – and math skills – computing, sequencing, estimating – at an early age, so we can do the same thing with science. Just like words and numbers, after all, science is all around us every day, too. [More]
3 March 2014 08:00 AM

Do Math With Kids, Early and Often

by rbavaria
Starting math early with kids has the same beneficial effects as building their verbal skills early. No reason why kids should be “numbers poor,” either.

Parents who “don’t like math” can easily give their kids the impression that math doesn’t matter. [More]

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