Thursday, August 6, 2009

Back to School Helpful Websites

For many of us, it's time to get ready for the new school year. Check out these websites to get your child's education started off on the right foot.

When is best to start YOUR little one in kindergarten?
Birthdays make a difference, and it's much more individual than you might think. Find out what the studies say about state cutoff dates and student achievement. Get answers from pediatrician Gretchen Gainor at Children's Clinic in La Jolla, California. Read about parents' and kids' personal experiences with being one of the youngest kids in class versus waiting a year to start school or "redshirting" to be one of the oldest.
"Too Young for Kindergarten? Assessing the impact of early school enrollment"
San Diego Family Magazine, August 2009

Do you want to have a great working relationship with your child's new teacher?
Check this link out for quick, helpful how-tos.
"Ten Ways Parents Can Foster Positive Relationships with Teachers"
National Parent Teacher Association

Here's an excellent place to find FRESH IDEAS for PARENTAL SUPPORT for kids as well as some good reminders.

"100 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in School"
Printable brochure: National Parent Teacher Association

Do you have a wiggly and/or distracted kid?This article is helpful whether your child has been diagnosed with AD(H)D or not.
"10 Easy Ways to Start the School Year Right"
ADDitude Magazine
(By the way, this is the most positive, helpful magazine and website I've found for dealing with attention deficit disorders.)

If you have other websites you'd like to share to help parents out in starting the new year, please leave a comment and post them!