Do Your Kids Know How To Study?

September 9, 2010 by  
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Kids Are From Krypton Parents Are From Pluto Radio Show Update Sept. 9, 2010: Studying takes a variety of skills. And skills need to be taught. When you tell your kids to, “Go study,” do they really know what to do? First of all, they need a plan of attack. They need to know how to figure out what’s important to learn and what’s extraneous. Pulling out key points, outlining, note-taking... 

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Holidays Have Meaning

September 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Education, Parenting

Well, Labor Day is upon us here in the US. Another opportunity to cook out, light sparklers and shoot off fireworks. I love 3 or 4-day weekends; and kids particularly love the days off from school. What I find these days is that holidays are just that—a chance to be out of school or parents home from work. Most kids I see don’t have a clue why they are off; they just know that they are off.... 

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Taking The Hassle Out Of Homework

September 3, 2010 by  
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Kids are From Krypton; Parents are from Pluto Radio series update Sept. 2, 2010: Homework is an important part of your kids’ learning. It fortifies the lesson, and offers the opportunity to help them when they make mistakes. And in order to help your kids become successful, here are some suggestions for homework time: * Set aside a daily homework time. * Identify a specific place to do homework. *... 

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Is College A Waste Of Time And Money?

August 25, 2010 by  
Filed under Education, Parenting

A College Education

So says James Altucker, columnist for “DailyFinance”. He suggests that parents save the tuition money and have more to retire on, as well as being able to invest it for your kids. Or, you might want to give $20,000 to each of your kids to start 1-5 businesses; let them travel around the world; tell them to get a job and get real life experience; volunteer and see the less fortunate or... 

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How Do You View Your Kid’s School?

August 20, 2010 by  
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Kids Are From Krypton Parents Are From Pluto Radio update Aug. 19, 2010: Is school a mall, day care center or sporting event? The way you view your relationship with your kids’ school has a huge impact on your kids’ involvement, attitude and subsequently their education. If parents see school as a store and education as a commodity (what you’re ‘buying,’) then it’s like walking into Macy’s,... 

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Time For New Year’s Resolutions

August 11, 2010 by  
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Back to school!

Kids Are From Krypton Parents Are From Pluto Radio update August 12, 2010: It’s August and a great time to be making new year’s resolutions. New school year, that is. With the school year soon upon us, the time is ripe for reflecting on the successes, as well as the trials and tribulations, of school years past. What worked? What didn’t work? In which areas did your child do well? Where... 

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Top 10 Things That Teachers Wished Parents Would Know

August 2, 2010 by  
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Kids Are From Krypton Parents Are From Pluto Radio update July 29, 2010: You are in this together. You and the teachers are a team. Teachers want you to know that they have your kids’ best interest in mind. Speak respectfully of school, teachers and administrators. Disagreeing with something is not synonymous with talking negatively and disrespectfully about the institution or your child’s education Make... 

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Kids Across / Parents Down

June 7, 2010 by  
Filed under Education, Family

“Kids Across/Parents Down” is the #1 family crossword in newspaper syndication. Created by Jan Buckner Walker, the puzzle–with down clues geared to parents and across clues geared to kids–encourages families to have fun together. It’s an entertaining, educational puzzle for kids ages 5-13. Kids Across/Parents Down gets parents actively involved and draws young people... 

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LOSER: Constructive Relating or Destructive Criticism

March 26, 2010 by  
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Last week, a 6th grade teacher in a North Carolina Middle School, deemed one of his students a ‘Loser’ and put his comments on her school paper. The teacher, Rex Roland, insisted that he was ‘just joking,’ and used this kind of language to ‘relate to the students.’ His supporters said that he likes to joke with students and that’s part of his teaching style. Well, writing ‘loser’... 

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Get In Touch With Your Kids’ Perspective

Once upon a time in India, six blind men came across an elephant. Each of the six examined a different part to determine what an elephant was like. The first man examined an ear and thought an elephant was like a fan. The second man examined the side of the elephant and thought an elephant was like a wall. The third man examined elephant’s tail and thought an elephant was like a rope. The fourth... 

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