Navigating Your Kids

Experiences and perspective on the School Years

May 31, 2015
by Frances
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Hold Out for Happily Ever After

Quotes from historical leaders seem to be a popular source of inspiration for graduation ceremonies.  JFK’s “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” is a popular one, but often misquoted. … Continue reading

February 15, 2015
by Frances
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Stop the Insanity: Drilling and Testing in the Early Years–Part 2

If you are a parent of one of these fabulous kindergarten or pre-K kids who are not interested in ‘school’ as it is, do not let yourself be isolated and intimidated and second-guess yourself.  You know much more about your … Continue reading

August 16, 2014
by Frances
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The Struggling Student….What Next?: Part 2

  You receive a call from the school regarding your child’s academic performance in kindergarten.  Your observation has been that the child is intelligent, curious and creative–asking thoughtful questions, listening to storybooks you read, and enjoying imaginative play with Legos, … Continue reading

August 2, 2014
by Frances
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The Struggling Student…. What Next?: Part 1

You may recently have found yourself as a parent of a struggling student and may be dealing with a short-term, minor problem or a major disability.  Time, observation, and intervention will tell the story–some teachers and school administrators will be … Continue reading

April 20, 2014
by Frances
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The Honeymoon: Elementary School—Part 3–When Should I be Concerned?

If you observe that a child is struggling, elementary school is the time to find out why.  Pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease do not let the struggle be characterized as just an “inability to focus and sit still”–we all know where that is headed– … Continue reading