By Dr. Kim Grengs, Parent Coach There are many benefits of playing games and playground games for children. Games might be played independently, in partners or in small groups. The overarching benefit for all is that board games can be played anywhere and at any time. make PLAYING GAMES A habit Make playing games a habit. Playing board games should be a habit that is established in each family. This means not just enjoying it once in a while, but a regular scheduled activity for your ... Read More about The Benefits of Playing Games for Children
By Lisa Edwards, M.Ed., Parent Coach As a parent, we always make tough decisions, and one of those harder ones, is when to send your child to Kindergarten. If your child was born in the months of September - February, this may seem simple, as your child will be close to 5 1/2 when sending them off on their first day in a large class. Others whose children are born in late spring or summer agonize over whether we should send my child to Kindergarten? Or wait a year? Is my ... Read More about Should I Send My Child To Kindergarten?
by Lisa Reichelt, M.Ed., Parent Coach I love this season for many reasons, but did you know that the holiday season can lead to school success? Yes, that’s right. I bet you never thought about school and the holidays except to look forward to the school break and no homework for a couple weeks. School success can be enhanced by the holiday practices that your family engages in during this special time of the year. Things like gift giving, special music, movies, elf on the shelf and other ... Read More about 3 Ways The Holiday Season Can Lead To School Success
By Dr. Kim Grengs, Parent Coach Kids learn many things and skills in school. More importantly they learn how to socially interact with others. This collaborative learning ranks among the top influences in student engagement and learning. As a result, these skills are learned in school because of the number of people kids interact with each day. Kids have many different roles with other students. These experiences provide time for kids to learn collaboratively in ... Read More about What Do Kids Learn in School?
by Lisa Reichelt, M.Ed, Parent Coach Do you feel like you are having trouble “keeping your head about you” with all the changes happening right now? You’re not alone. Everyone affected by the chaos of lockdowns and distance learning changes are challenged. So how do you “keep your head about you” when you see so many others losing theirs? These words are from the poem “IF” by Rudyard Kipling and they inspired me to share some thoughts with you. Recently my five-year old grandson was ... Read More about Keeping Your Head About You (When Others Are Losing Theirs)