Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Relational Aggression Information

Do you know what relational aggression is? Although you may not have heard the term "relational aggression" you may have heard the nickname for it, or at least the movie named after the unfortunate phenomenon. "Mean Girls" describes a mentality where people treat others badly by name calling and bullying, so much so that it torments the victim.  Although it is most common in girls, and often occurs anonymously over the internet and chat rooms, it is a real problem and shouldn't be written off as normal school-yard teasing.  Just ask the parents of Megan Meir about the seriousness of the issue.

Can you spot the signs and symptoms of relational aggression?  Check out my series on the subject on HubPages you'll find titles such as:

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Homeschooling Bible Materials

photo from: graur razvan ionut

Having kids in a (free) public school expensive enough, but when you make the choice to homeschool your children the expenses of school materials can pile up quickly.

Check out THIS ARTICLE for a list of websites that offer a variety of FREE Christiasn materials (think printables, coloring pages an audio stores) to help defer the costs.

Not a parent of homeschooling children, don't worry. A lot of these materials can be used in the traditional classroom or as activities in church or Sunday School as well.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Writing Story Helps

photo from: Teerapun

Does your child buckle with fear at the sight of a blank page of paper? (Believe it or not, the creative side of assignments freaks me out! I just want someone to tell me exactly what they want, so I can empathize.) 

Instead of encouraging a melt-down, help your child write the best paper he can, by reminding him of five important things in writing papers—indenting paragraphs, using sensory words, story flow and sequence, and using "color" words". 

Check out THIS ARTICLE for five tips on how to remember the elements of a good paper (hint, use your hands) as well as a few resources on writing.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Help Your Child Read Two-Vowel Words

Does your child need help learning to read two-vowel words? Check out this cute video from the PBS Kids show, "Between the Lions" for an explanation of the the two-vowel rule. Be sure to explain though that the two vowels don't always have to be next to each other too though in order to make the "long" sound.

Monday, August 15, 2011

School Bus Safety

Does your child know what it takes to be safe before, during and after he rides the school bus? Does your child understand that safety is an important issue when riding— and waiting for — the bus?

Check out THIS ARTICLE from HubPages and view the video below for more information on what your child can do to stay safe.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Back to School Made Easy

Laptop Lunch B620-Purple Bento Set 2.0 with Outer Container, 5 Inner Containers, and AccessoriesI've recently started contributing to "A Learning Experience"  - the blog for the fabulous teaching/school supply store "The School Box."

Check out my first writing piece for their site, "Back to School, Easing the Transition for Everyone" which includes tips for how to make those first few weeks of school easier for everyone — you, and kids included.  

And don't forget to check out the video below, for helpful hints as to what does and doesn't constitute a healthy sandwich, and how you can create a healthy school lunch.