Newest Questions and Answers

I thought that my role of homework enforcer would be over in the summer. Now, both of my children have brought home assignments that need to be completed over the summer. They are not small assignments, but will take several weeks to complete. Am I the only one to complain about this? -- Overworked
Answer: You definitely are not the only parent to face the fact that school is more and more becoming a year-round task. The nitty gritty behind teachers giving summer assignments is simple.

My first-grader has been slow to make friends during the school year. There are not a lot of children in our neighborhood, so I am afraid that she will have a rather lonely summer. How can I avoid this and put her on the track to having some friends at school next year? -- Too Lonely
Answer: Hopefully you have made the acquaintance of several mothers of first-graders in your daughter's class. Contact them now, and make plans for some summer activities. Family activities can be a good way to break the ice in forming friendships.

All year long, my daughter has struggled with story problems. I'd like to help her learn to handle them. Any ideas? -- Solution Wanted
Answer: She definitely needs to know some basic word clues that can be used to determine what mathematical operation must be used in solving the story problem. When she reads the words "and," "together," "sum," "in all," "altogether," or "total" in a story problem, it usually means that she will need to add to solve the problem.

How do children acquire reading-readiness skills? Like every other parent, I want my children to be ready to read when they enter kindergarten. -- Eager
Answer: Reading readiness is total body readiness. It may seem that the skills required to grasp a toy or bounce a ball have nothing to do with reading, but fine motor skills allow a child to grasp and turn pages in books, and gross motor skills provide the hand-eye coordination necessary for reading.
Teachers do not want parents to push their preschoolers to learn to read.

My first-grader is still struggling with learning money skills. Please send me some activities that might help her learn. -- Challenged
Answer: Here are two money activities you can use to help your child:
Your Money's Worth
Lots of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, plus a couple half-dollars.
To teach your child the equivalent value of coins, start with pennies and nickels. Show that one nickel is worth five pennies. Give or loan her the pennies and let her trade pennies for nickels.

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