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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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How to Choose the Best Summer Camp for Your Child: 10 Questions to Ask

Posted in General, Guest Mom, Mothers Perspective on May 3rd, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Hispanic father and son hiking on trail in woodsI am a huge proponent of summer camps.  I started at summer camp when I was 8 years old, and my gym teacher, who was also the camp program director, gave me a scholarship to attend.  After that week (despite the bouts of homesickness and a few bug bites), I was hooked, and continued to attend camp each summer as a camp, then a junior counselor, and a counselor.  In fact, my first “real” job out of college was as a camp director, and I still have very good relationships with (and many, many very fond memories of) both camps that I worked at and attended.   One of the reasons I even agreed to go on the first date with my husband was because he too had attended and worked at summer camps.  The experiences at camp can be life affirming, life changing, and, well, just plain fun!

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Allison shares how Kidtelligent gave her a better understanding of her daughter

Posted in Guest Mom, Mothers Perspective, Web Connections on April 29th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Allison is a Kidtelligent parent who used the Kidtelligent system to get a better understanding of how to parent her daughter. Allison’s daughter tended to have attributes more like her father than herself. Interestingly, Allison was able to better understand her husband in the process!

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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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Read, Read, Read

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on February 6th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – 2 Comments

girl-readingIf your child is in grades K-6 and the teacher is worried about whether his or her reading skills are at grade level, remember these three rules:

  •  Don’t Panic
  •  Always Carry a Book (preferably two)

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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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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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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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What’s Your Discipline Plan?

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent on August 28th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Most parents of more than one child know that the best discipline tools for one child can be a disaster with another. Fair isn’t necessarily equal or the same! Perhaps one of your children is a pleaser—and any indication of disappointment on your part brings apology and a promise to do better. Perhaps another is a natural leader—and would like to start running your house right now, sure of several improvement ideas! A stern look might bring tears to the first and eye-rolling—or worse—in the other.

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A Serene Space for Children

Posted in Guest Mom, Kidtelligent, Mothers Perspective, Web Connections on August 21st, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

During our hectic, overscheduled days filled with play dates, sports practices, birthday parties, homework, and endless errands, not to mention the constant bombardment of electronic stimulation by cell phones, iPads, and hand-held games, having a time and space for quiet contemplation may feel like a foreign, but definitely welcomed, concept.  Katherine Lockett from Creative Playhouse wrote a guest post on Not Just Cute called “Creating a Quiet Space for Children” with wonderful suggestions about how to create a serene space for your child.

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