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Play With Your Food!

Posted in Jane Kise, Kidtelligent on August 16th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

chefWe were sticklers for table manners at our house. Our children (now adults) still tease me about our rule that you had to ask permission before stirring your ice cream and chocolate sauce into a malt in your bowl. However, summertime is a different story. We all  play with food in a sense, with more finger food and fruit decorations and pie-eating contests. Here’s a few things we sanctioned.

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The Ups and Downs of Competition

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent on August 9th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

coach-boxing Summer often means soccer tournaments, baseball playoffs, and dance competitions. How does your child fare? Some thrive on competing to win while others melt. Saying, “Just relax and go for it” isn’t always helpful.

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Schedule and Spontaneity

Posted in Jane Kise, Kidtelligent on June 12th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

girl-fixingThere’s an old song about those “Lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer…” One of our children loved the lazy, hazy part—he enjoyed less scheduling and more opportunity to let the days unfold, depending on which friends called and what the weather called for and what interesting discoveries he made in the woods behind our house.

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Teacher Conferences

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on March 7th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

teacher-students-globeParents, teachers, students…it’s hard to tell who is more nervous about those conferences. They’re seldom long enough, and often not private enough, for deep conversation. So how can you get the most out of them?

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10 Ways to Teach Children to Accept their Mistakes

Posted in General, Guest Mom, Kidtelligent, Mothers Perspective, Web Connections on January 4th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

parents_with_childNeither of my sons enjoy making mistakes.  Let’s face it, who does?  I see a lot of myself in my sons when they run and hide in their rooms, burying their heads in their pillows or turning beet red upon doing something “incorrectly.”  I have come a long way with accepting my own mistakes, but once in a while I can still get a big blush going after a particularly irritating error.  But, like it or not, making mistakes is an integral part of learning.   In the article “I messed up, Mom & Dad!  10 Ways to Teach Children to Embrace Their Mistakes,”, Dr. Robyn Silverman gives ten pointers on how to teach your children about having a positive mistake-making attitude:

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Math Rules!

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on October 30th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Rule #1 for parents in math: NEVER again say, “I was never very good in math.” Especially never say in front of your child, “I was never very good in math, so I guess it’s no surprise that my child struggles, too.”

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The Homework Pen and Pencil Rules

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent on October 3rd, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

We once sent home a perfectly delightful logic puzzle for children to solve. It was one of those great, perfect tasks that could be approached with various levels of sophistication. You could solve it simply by drawing pictures. Or, at the opposite end of abstraction, you could develop an intricately beautiful formula. We asked the children to persevere—how far can you get with this problem? Don’t worry about the answer, we’ll have fun with this tomorrow.

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Homework Goals

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on September 14th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

As school returns to full swing, your household is probably trying to reestablish the perfect homework groove. It’s the perfect time to ask yourself, What is our goal for homework?

If your goal is to have each child turn in perfect homework each day, on time, you might want to reflect on the goal we had:

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Children can Cook!

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Web Connections on September 5th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

I was only about 8 years old when I took over the cookie-baking chore of two batches a week to feed four big brothers. If that sounds young to you, understand that Mom was never very far away and played a role in clean-up (measuring flour takes practice!) But, like all my brothers, I left home knowing how to cook for myself.

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Benefits and Techniques of Teaching Children a Second Language

Posted in General, Guest Mom, Kidtelligent, Mothers Perspective, Web Connections on September 2nd, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

One of the reasons on our very long list of why we love our son’s Montessori school is because it has Spanish interwoven into its curriculum in a very natural, everyday manner.  I have been thrilled to have my son share his Spanish with me (especially since I minored in the language in college), but his exposure to other languages has seemed to also prompt his interest in other cultures, in trying out new sounds, and has changed the way he views the world.  My younger son has picked up a few of the words as well, and both of my boys enjoying using their American Sign Language to communicate with each other and with us.

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