1. Simple Ways to Fit Volunteering at Your Child’s School into Your Schedule

    Parent with flashcards at schoolYoung children can find it exciting to see mom or dad in the classroom, and teachers are always looking for parent volunteers in schools. Volunteering at your child’s school is a great way to show your children how much you value their education and to be involved in what’s going on at school. It can be lots of fun, and there is no shortage of opportunities.

    For busy parents, however, it can be challenging to find the time. Consider these simple ways to make volunteering at your child’s school fit into your busy schedule:

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  2. The Common Core: What Parents Need to Know

    Students Learning in the ClassroomA new study from the University of Connecticut polled parents about the Common Core, the new education standards that have been enacted in 44 states nationwide to better prepare students for the world of tomorrow. Of the parents who responded, 39% weren’t even aware that the standards existed.

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  3. Teaching Your Child to be a Creative Thinker and Innovator

    children playing with blocksThe term “innovation” has become an often-heard buzzword. News reports and articles refer to “innovative” companies and encourage more “innovation” from young Americans. “Innovation,” it seems, is everywhere.

    The impact of creativity and innovation has been around since the dawn of time and is a legacy of great thinkers. Now that the ability to innovate is an increasingly desired quality among employers, what does this mean for parents?

    Can parents help their children to develop this trait, or is it inborn? Does it require a well-rounded education? Is it the result of a combination of factors? How can parents encourage their children to come up with ideas and solutions and to embrace traits like curiosity, questioning, exploring, dreaming, reading, learning, as well as thinking creatively, critically and spatially?

    For those wondering how to teach innovation to their children, here are three ways to start:

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  4. Tips to Start Off the School Year on the Right Foot

    back to school tipsAs the final days of summer draw near, heralding a new school year right around the corner, parents and children prepare to transition to a fresh set of challenges: A different teacher or teachers, maybe a different school, and adjusting to different classes and after-school schedules in just a few weeks.

    Although your “super family” may handle back-to-school time in stride, it can be helpful to keep some solutions and tricks in your back pocket, in case of a need to tackle a super-rushed morning or a forgotten lunch.

    Here are some back-to-school tips to help get the ball rolling:

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  5. What Teachers Want Parents to Know

    Chemistry teacher in front of chalkboardIn the same way that a nurse or physician knows more about the art and science of medicine than someone who isn’t a nurse or physician, a school teacher knows more about the art and science of teaching than someone who isn’t a school teacher.

    Concerning school and teachers, how can a parent gain insights that best help their child?

    Teachers are more than willing to share information that can help strengthen the parent-teacher relationship and improve the child’s progress and the dynamics of the classroom.

    How to benefit from a teacher’s perspective? Here’s what teachers want parents to know:

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