Why I Don’t Offer Kids Prizes For Good Behavior and Two Things I Do Instead

Rewards and praise tend to be hot-button topics within the education and parent communities. I personally have always held the belief that kids need to be intrinsically motivated and should not be rewarded for behaving appropriately. In my classroom, you never saw me handing out prizes, I did not have a treasure chest for kids […]

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Seven Tips to Help Your Child Follow Directions

In the classroom, teachers spend a great deal of time working on following directions. It is an incredibly important skill and is essential for a safe and happy classroom. Kids aren’t born knowing how to follow directions and it is our job as parents and teachers to help our kids learn this skill and to […]

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Two Things ALL Parents Need to Know About Food Allergies and School

Food allergies are incredibly scary. They are scary as a parent and as a teacher. Every year I have had at least one student with a food allergy severe enough to warrant an EpiPen. Luckily, I never needed to use it. Even so, it was very stressful to ensure that those students did not accidentally […]

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Seven Life Skills Your Child Should Have Before Entering Kindergarten

In a previous post, I discussed important academic skills your child should have before entering kindergarten. Today’s post is similar, but the skills are not academic. This post is all about life skills. Life skills are extremely important and are necessary for independence as kids grow up. Life skills (also known as adaptive skills), are […]

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Five Questions to Ask Your Child After School

The new school year is upon us! Your little ones are headed back into the classroom and will soon be coming home at the end of a long day to tell you they did nothing all day. I’m always surprised at how little parents know about their child’s school day. The entire day is packed […]

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