The Three D’s of Learning Challenges
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by Jennifer Kelly
1w ago
When it comes to school, we’re all familiar with the three Rs: reading, (w)riting, & (a)rithmetic. All three are the basis of our education, from our early days learning letters and numbers to later years in high school and even college, writing papers and surviving calculus. What happens, though, when those subjects don’t come easily? What happens when you watch your child struggle with something that might seem innate to you, but makes your child burst into tears every time? Maybe it’s a learning challenge and – good news – you and your child both have so many options if there is a probl ..read more
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Homework Alabama is a Hidden Gem for Local Students
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by Mandy Pinyan
1w ago
For students that are struggling, many parents feel helpless – the years spent outside of a classroom make it difficult to assist children with new work. (Common core math, anyone?) Working families struggle to find time to go over homework, and if there is a child in the home playing a sport or participating in an extracurricular activity, time is precious and hard won between schedules. For students looking for guidance to continue achieving Homework Alabama is also a great resource. It’s without a doubt a real game-changer for many families. I have been invited to many school open hous ..read more
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To the Mothers of Incoming Middle Schoolers
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by Sarah Lena
1w ago
First of all – breathe. Breeeeaaaathe. It’s going to be okay. Middle School is now behind my household (for a few more years anyway), which means: 1) We’re now staring into the void of high school while realizing, and 2) We’re old, and 3)We’ve successfully navigated middle school. Here’s my guide to getting through it. (I won’t even say it’s to successfully to get you through it, because to be honest, just surviving felt like enough reason to celebrate, toss the confetti and pass on my wisdom.) A Parent’s Guide to Surviving Middle School: 5 Tips Lockers are sort of a big deal. Look, it doesn’t ..read more
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Madison City Schools Invites You to Honor Your Educator During Teacher Appreciation Week
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by Rocket City Mom
1w ago
Madison City Schools has a great way that families can show appreciation to the teachers that have made an impact on student’s lives. “Honoring Your Educator” launched in May 2020 for Teacher Appreciation Week, but is also a great way to say thank you to a teacher during the holidays or year-round! This website makes it very easy for parents, grandparents, mentors and friends of students to give back to teachers by honoring them in a meaningful way. How It Works For those interested, you may make an online gift on their secure website. You will be asked to select the Madison City School in wh ..read more
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Ask the Expert: How to Ride the School Bus
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by Guest Contributor
1w ago
From time to time we like to invite local experts from the community to answer questions about parenting and raising kids in Huntsville and North Alabama. Today we asked Tom Brandon, Madison County Commissioner, and former educator and school bus driver to address the BEST way to ride a school bus. 5 Tips for Parents To Make Your School Bus Experience Smoother It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-time rider or a 5th grade veteran – these tips from an actual bus driver are great for parents and kids! 1. Inform Your bus driver is a professional that has spent many hours training to obtain their b ..read more
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Dear Mom Sending Her Child Off to College
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by Rocket City Mom
1w ago
I’m probably not the best one to be writing this letter, considering my child is about to start his sophomore year in college and I’m already missing him so much I’ve cried twice this week. But having gone through the process, here’s advice from a mom that’s sent her child off to college recently. Maybe the first thing I would tell you is this: It’s okay to cry. You will feel stupid when you do it, trust me, but it really is okay. Hopefully you have friends who have cried the same tears before you, who can give you a knowing hug (and probably laugh at you a little) as you sob. About Move-In Da ..read more
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Everything you Need to Know About ACT but Were Afraid to Ask
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by Guest Contributor
1w ago
9 Every student who dreams of college or higher education after high school has probably heard of the ACT. Maybe you are a parent or student that has even found this page because you want to understand more about it. You’ve come to the right place! In this article, we will demystify the ACT and break down the following: What is ACT? Why is it so important? Do colleges even need ACT scores? What does the ACT cover? What can you do to increase your score? How can you maximize your scholarship? What is the ACT? The ACT (originally the American College Test), like the SAT, is a standardized te ..read more
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Dyspraxia in Alabama: Support for Families
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by Rocket City Mom
1w ago
Most people are familiar with dyslexia and even its lesser known cousins, dysgraphia and dyscalulia have been gaining traction in the last few years. But few people have heard of dyspraxia, even though some estimate that 1 in 6 children have this neurological disorder. Dyspraxia (also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder) is a failure of the brain to organize movements. This can be as clear as poor coordination and clumsiness, but is more commonly known as a hidden disability. Most people with dyspraxia show no obvious signs of the disorder. Our Dyspraxia Story By the time our son was ..read more
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7 Tips for Incorporating Montessori Into Your Home
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by Kelli Pavlovec
1w ago
A bit of Montessori might be the perfect way to keep the kids’ brains active, without breaking out the textbooks. (Has anyone Googled how much extra screen time actually turns the brain to mush?) The Montessori Method is a child-led approach to teaching that focuses on a child’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. With a little research, it can be pretty easy to incorporate many of the Montessori concepts in your own home. The cool thing is, you can introduce as much or as little of the method as works for your child, starting with nature walks, visual math skills, or even ..read more
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Books About Starting Kindergarten
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by Mandy Pinyan
1w ago
During the first week of August, I’ll join countless other parents in the rush to see their children off to school. Like many other parents, I’ll see my child off to Kindergarten. My only child starts school this year, and I am already starting to tear up writing this. We’ve been getting ready for Kindergarten: pre-assessment meetings, Frye words, leveled readers, school supply list anxiety and gearing up for school shopping in general. I have compiled a list of great books about Kindergarten and starting school, and some of my general awesome favorites that got us through many bedtimes, rainy ..read more
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