NEW PLANS for a NEW YEAR! Check out these shows as you begin to do your own organizing #488 Preparing Middle Schoolers for Life, #482 Down Time, #363 Managing Our Kids' Screen Time, #337 Multitasking Kids, #194 Helping Kids Get Organized and #191 Kids and Chores

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Recent Shows

483. Tutoring

Ann Dolin, Founder, Educational Connections, Inc.

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Department of Education parents website – click on resources link


482. Down Time

William R. Stixrud, Ph.D., clinical neuropsychologist

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481. The Importance of Dance and Movement for Children

Liz Lerman, Founding Artistic Director, The Dance Exchange

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Look for classes for all ages – online, search for, for example, “dance for children”

Go WATCH before enrolling a child, or view videotapes if available.
Think about what kind of environment you want for your child in this setting – How much nurture, how much rigor?

Web site for The Dance Exchange:

480. Empowering Girls Through Literature

Valerie Tripp, author, American Girls books on historical characters

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The best resources is to LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN – engage with them
Read ALOUD together. Pay attention to your child’s interests.
Share old things in your own family with your child –
Photos, albums, scrapbooks; visit homes of authors that are open to the public

Reading suggestions for young girls:


  • Read about real women of long ago, such as biographies of Clara Barton, Louisa May Alcott, etc.
  • The Diary of Anne Frank
  • And look for other books about girls who have struggled or survived difficult circumstances.

Our Eleanor, by Candace Fleming – about Eleanor Roosevelt


Look for books with characters who have strength and integrity
Try books by Beverly Cleary and E.B. White

479. Facts and Fictions: Pregnancy and Birth

Allison Hill, M.D., co-author with Dr. Alane Park and Dr. Yvonne Bohn, The Mommy Docs’ Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy and Birth

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When consulting web sites regarding pregnancy and birth: check out physician-based sites, including

These sites present medical facts. Your own doctor is your best resource. ASK questions!


478. Kids with Severe Irritability

Ellen Liebenluft, M.D., Psychiatrist, Chief, Unit on Affective Disorders, Pediatrics And Developmental Psychiatry Branch, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health

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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) studies this, and has programs for children with severe irritability and also for those with bipolar disorder.

They recruit from all over the country and reimburse expenses.

For further information on studies and programs, call 301-496-8381

Much support and information is available from the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF)

477. Meltdown Kids

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., Collaborative Problem Solving; author, The Explosive Child And Lost at School

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Lives in the Balance, resource information on my different topics

Resources on Infants and Toddlers With Challenging Behavior

Toddlers and Challenging Behavior


476. Keeping Kids’ Academic Skills Fresh Over Vacations

Cara Will, fourth and fifth grade teacher, Burgundy Farm Country Day School

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Keep in mind that your CHILD is your most important resource – WHAT is interesting to HIM?
Find projects and activities he wants to explore.
Google: Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

The following tips were compiled by faculty at Burgundy Farm Country Day School.

  • Be a detective!
    • Use a notebook to record observations and interpretations, or even write a mystery story
    • Museum visits can serve as inspiration, but so can everyday household events
  • Use newspapers or magazines for a scavenger hunt
    • Find specific words, pictures, happenings, maps
    • Read an article a day
    • Read the comics
  • State license plate game when driving
    • Use a map to learn geography
    • Earn “extra points” for knowing capitals or abbreviations
  • Bake together to practice fractions: double or halve the recipes
  • Allow children to plan, shop and cook for one meal a month
    • Compare prices in the grocery store and estimate the total
  • Take nature walks and keep track of what you see each time
    • Compare temperatures, wind, precipitation, etc.
    • Sort and identify rocks, leaves, shells, sticks, etc.
    • Group items and learn to skip count, multiply, estimate, etc.
    • Search for patterns and shapes
    • Ask children to explain their choices for collecting certain items
    • Write about experiences, observations, hypotheses
    • Take pictures to create a photo catalog, including descriptions
  • Plan a fundraiser
    • Choose a cause that’s important to your child, let them write about why they are so interested in that cause
    • Write and send invitations / information
  • Take the subway / metro, letting your children plan the route and calculate the cost

475. Learning Weather

Ronald S. Gird, Meteorologist, National Weather Service, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration

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Watch Out…Storms Ahead! Owlie Skywarn’s Weather Book
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
School science clubs
Visit local science museums – most have weather exhibits
Teens can volunteer at local forecast offices
Open Houses at forecast centers locally
American Meteorological Society
Many schools have weather equipment installed by a commercial company, and they are all linked.
NOAA weather radios – carried in commercial stores.
National Geographic Society has a Forces of Nature Web site