Parent Tips

Books–The Gifts that Keep on Giving!

Every December and June I have a big book give-away for my students. I scout garage and library sales throughout the year, and I ask anyone and everyone for donations. So, I’m asking you, dear parents, to peruse your child’s book shelves. Are there any books that are no longer needed? If you can answer…

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MCTI–Michigan Career Technical Institute (Hint: It’s FREE)

I recently had the pleasure of touring the campus of MCTI, a FREE college option for some of our students/children with severe learning differences. They have many career path options. Students take an introductory 5-week class on pinpointing strengths and skill areas, and then they begin their chosen program based on those results. A few…

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Surviving the Teenage Brain (book)

So what is up with the teenage brain anyway, and how do we survive this period of time in our kids’/students’ lives?  In The Teenage Brain,  Dr. Frances Jensen explains that a teenager’s brain is like a souped up sports car with no brakes. The last organ in the body to mature is the brain,…

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Here’s to a CALM and HAPPY 2016!

As a parent, I have searched far and wide to find really solid, usable advice on parenting over the years.  My sons are all grown up now and creating lives of their own but I still find myself using the information I have learned from Kirk Martin on a regular basis.  I apply it mostly…

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Super Brain Yoga–VIDEO

Watch this 4-minute video on Super Brain Yoga.  It is one simple 3-5 minute exercise that has you crossing the mid-line and it gets your students (and you!) moving–and smarter.  I’m going to try this with my classes this year and I’ll keep you posted!  Let me know if you try this with success in…

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Language! Live Introduction Video

Language! Live is a new literacy program that is being used in our 7th through 12th grade reading intervention classes.  Watch this video to get an idea of what it’s all about!

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Hamburger Helper? Nah… Behavior Helper

Does this sound familiar–you have a child (or student) who fidgets, gets off track easily in class or at home, is very verbal at inappropriate times, and then doesn’t get his work done? Here are some ideas for helping that child become successful, happier, and more accomplished at home or at school: When your student…

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Parents/Teachers–Lots of free e-books!

Helping your child/student do research for a paper?  Looking for something for yourself? The Michigan e-Library MeL has thousands of e-books available for your kids. http://www.mel.org/Databases  

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Fun Winter Books

Check out this blog and list of FUN WINTER BOOKS to read with your kids (or wrap for under the tree) over the holidays!  There are even a few fun adult books for us to enjoy.  Happiest of Holidays, everyone! http://bookshareblog.wpengine.com/2014/12/winter-holiday-titles-that-will-tickle-your-funny-bone/

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Parental Involvement Makes for Success!

PARENTS:  Create the best type of learning environment for your child by becoming his partner in education. TEACHERS:  Engage parents in what you are doing at school. Read the following article for some fabulous go-to ideas! nea.org/tools/53192.htm

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