Newest Questions and Answers

Are there any secrets to having a good relationship with my children's teachers? I want to stay on their good sides. -- Friendly
Answer: It goes without saying that you should be considerate in all your dealings with their teachers. This means that you make an appointment to talk with them.

It is the same old story this year. My kid's lunchbox comes back almost every day with a lot of uneaten food. Besides being wasteful, it's unhealthy for her not to eat lunch. Is there a solution? -- Lunch Diet
Answer: You really need to look carefully into what the real problem is. Could it be that she skips eating much of her lunch because she wants to get out on the playground? If so, you should address this problem with the teacher. At many schools, there is a definite lunch time before the children can play.
You also need to discuss the uneaten food situation with your child.

Our children's school is embracing technology more and more each year. What should I try to find out about the way our school is going edtech? -- No Tech Guru
Answer: Educational technology (edtech) as practiced refers to any form of teaching and learning that makes use of technology. Schools vary enormously on how computers, media and the like are part of teaching. In some schools, technology is employed in almost every area, from classroom teaching to homework to grading to contacting parents.
First of all, you definitely need to know how much technology will be used in the classroom.

What are typical problems my child might encounter when she starts kindergarten? And what will her teacher expect her to be able to do? -- Worried Mom
Answer: Parents, as a one-time kindergarten teacher, I want you to relax! I know that this can be difficult. You just can't know how things will go for your child.

How do I know if my daughter has the social skills needed to start kindergarten? -- Worried
Answer: Use the following Social Skills Checklist to see if she has most of the skills needed to start kindergarten. My child usually:
1. Approaches others positively.
2. Expresses wishes and preferences clearly.
3. Asserts own rights and needs appropriately; gives reason for actions and positions.
4. Is not easily intimidated by bullies.
5. Expresses frustration and anger effectively without escalating disagreement or harming others.
6. Gains access to ongoing groups at play and work.

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