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I am both a teacher and a parent and found the best instruction I received on how to be a better teacher came from my own parenting experience. Parenting two children school-age children - one gifted child and one child with severe learning differences - opened my eyes and gave me an entirely new perspective on the effect that school can have on the home and the family. I became aware that some time-honored school policies and classroom practices do not truly work for children but can work against children and their efforts to achieve success in school. I also became aware of what a great challenge it can be to successfully parent children through their many years of school. I also developed strategies to help my own two children find their potential and achieve success in school. My teaching experience informed my parenting experience and my parenting experience had great impact on my teaching. I'm most interested in sharing what I've learned with parents of school-age children and eager to help families navigate their way through the process that is school. I want to help parents find solutions for the issues and problems posed by school. I want to help parents who are trying to help their children find success in school and to offer my advice and experience on how best to meet the challenges posed by the school experience.
Post in: Supplemental education: Do You Kumon? Would you recommend it? June 16, 2013
My experience with Kumon has been with its math program - my students whose parents have enrolled them in Kumon wanted to strengthen their math... More »
Post in: Moving from the UK to SC June 16, 2013
I wouldn't anticipate gaps per say. Spelling could be an issue as American spelling and British spelling differ - you might want to explain... More »
Post in: Age Issue!! Repeat K or go to first grade? June 16, 2013
Children can be shy regardless of their age or what grade they are in. Did your daughter's shyness pose problems in her kindergarten? It doesn't... More »
Post in: Bad report card out of the blue - please help! June 6, 2013
It depends on the school. Some schools have policies in regard to the need to notify parents if a child's grades are low. Your son's report... More »
Post in: Moving to Florida and totally lost on how to find the right school May 22, 2013
Kindergarten here usually asks that children be 5 years old - sometimes even 6. If your son is just 4, you'll need a preschool or pre-k 4. And... More »