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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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Encouraging Homework Autonomy

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Web Connections on October 18th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

If you would rather not take on, or would like to relinquish, the role of “homework police” and your child’s school has a homework portal, you are set. By the time our children entered 6th grade, we set the parent portal preferences so that we were only notified if our kids missed assignments.

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Parents and School Project Boundaries

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on October 11th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

A teacher at a private school made no friends when she remarked at the science fair, “Wow, the parents certainly worked hard this year!” She had only spoken the truth. The stamps of parent involvement were all to obvious in the craftsmanship of models and complexity of analysis.

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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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The Ask Three Before Me Homework Rule

Posted in General, Jane Kise on September 26th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

If you’re used to sitting with your child as he or she does homework and providing immediate help, or checking each answer, here’s a simple strategy to start him or her on the road to homework independence: ASK THREE BEFORE ME.

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Avoiding Homework Battlefields

Posted in Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on September 19th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

One mother groaned, “We had a three-hour battle over homework last night. First the

procrastination, then the complaints when we vetoed a television show, then the rush
before bedtime. But he needs to learn to take responsibility!”

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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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Tuesdays with Jane: What if you’re a disorganized parent?

Posted in Jane Kise on February 7th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Close to half of all adults thrive on operating in a rather last-minute way, according to some studies. They do their best work when the pressure is on and find that too much schedule and routine not only robs life of excitement but actually can leave them feeling somewhat depressed or trapped. However, most children need the security of routine and certainty, and an adult’s last-minute ways may be disastrous once they become parents.

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Tuesdays with Jane: What if you’re an organized parent with a disorganized child?

Posted in Jane Kise on January 31st, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

There are children who naturally make to-do lists, who choose their own reasonable bedtime and stick to it, who get upset when they can’t do their homework right when they get home from school, and who keep their rooms clean—even inside their closets and drawers. If you were one of these children, parenting offspring who show no signs of your natural gifts of organization is as frustrating as roller-skating in a buffalo herd (the title of a really old song…).

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