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When I find an article I really like, I'll put it on this page as a reading assignment...for my school parents!
But don't worry, there won't be a test.
The Importance of Summer Reading (Big Universe Learning)
Why is reading in the summer important? Is it something teachers just say because they think they are supposed to? Is it something that parents encourage as one thing for children to do in the summer? As a teacher, I encouraged reading in fall, winter, spring, and summer. Reading can open so many doors and offer so many great opportunities for learning and enjoyment. Here are a few things I have recently found concerning the importance of summer reading:” continue reading...
The Many Healthy Perks of Good Handwriting (KC Star)
Children are texting, tapping and typing on keyboards more than ever, leaving less time to master that old-fashioned skill known as handwriting. So will the three “T’s” replace a building block of education? It’s not likely. The benefits of gripping and moving a pen or pencil reach beyond communication. Emerging research shows that handwriting increases brain activity, hones fine motor skills and can predict a child’s academic success in ways that keyboarding can’t. “For children, handwriting is extremely important. Not how well they do it, but that they do it and practice it,” said Karin Harman James, an assistant professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences at Indiana University. “Typing does not do the same thing.” continue reading...
Start School With a Smile (Love and Logic Institute)
At schools across America, teachers see two types of first–year students: one quickly adjusts to school and begins to enjoy it, the other cries each day at the door. By applying some easy–to–follow Love and Logic® guidelines, parents can help their youngsters belong to a very lucky group – students who start school with fun instead of fear. continue reading...
Disciplining Someone Else's Child? (ScrippsNews)
I've been taking note of how I interact with other people's kids for a few months now. Ever since Jeffrey Zaslow wrote a column in the Wall Street Journal, "Why Don't We Reprimand Other People's Children?" He chronicled how, though many of us grew up in neighborhoods where essentially the mom down the street could be just as threatening to us as our own, though we talk today about the notion that "it takes a village to raise a child," we're offended at having our own kids reprimanded by others and we're really reticent to correct other's kids. continue reading...
15 Resolutions to a Stronger Family (ArcaMax Publishing)
What makes a family strong? Not money or material things, but that ineffable thing called love. Love is both expressed and strengthened when a family does things together, things that create traditions and positive memories. With that simple principle in mind, here are 15 things you can do to make your family stronger. May your family be a fountain of love, strengthening all family members and our great nation, as well. continue reading...
Summertime and the Learning is Easy (LD_Online)
If you're like most parents at this time of year, you're relishing the days of summer. No more homework struggles, standardized tests, or extracurricular activities. The summer is a time to unwind and relax for parents and kids alike, but learning should not come to a halt. According to the foundation Reading is Fundamental, children who do not read over the summer experience a loss of reading fluency and comprehension skills. Students who engage in summertime reading actually gain skills! continue reading...
Summer Reading (USA Today)
The Myth of the Perfect Parent (Christianity Today)
My family and I were traveling in Guatemala a few years ago. We visited a man who had given his life to serving a poor congregation. We sat at the kitchen table with him, a man who had been bent into humility by the burdens of pastoring in a struggling nation while raising four children. Still in the muddy trenches of parenthood with our five sons and one daughter, we confessed to him our feelings of inadequacy. continue reading...