Friday, February 11th, 2011
Now that snowstorms across the U.S. are slowing down, it’s time to stop shoveling the snow and move onto something more fun: playing in it!
We just found Stonz Wear booties, which slip on over your little one’s shoes for playtime in the snow or to keep her dry and warm on those blustery winter days. We love them because they’re adjustable, so they’ll fit from the time your child is an infant until he’s a toddler. They come in a number of cute designs, for about $40 per pair. Our favorite part? They’re machine-washable, so they’ll look like new even after three winters of wear.
Get them at the Stonz Wear web site. If you have an older toddler, you can check out their larger styles here.
Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
State legislator Kelli Stargel recently filed a bill in the Florida House of Representatives that would require school teachers to grade the parents of their K-3rd grade students.
The bill, HB 255, notes that:
“Although the school environment has a great impact on a child’s well-being and academic success, parents and the home environment form the foundation of a child’s present and future life. Without proper parental involvement in all aspects of a child’s life, the child’s prospects to be a well-equipped and useful member of society are greatly diminished.”
This may all be true, but Stargel goes even further by proposing that teachers include a parental involvement grade based on four criteria. Each child’s parent or parents would receive a “satisfactory,” “needs improvement,” or “unsatisfactory” marking based on the following:
1. Parental response to requests for conferences or communication.
2. The student’s completion of homework and preparation for tests.
3. The student’s physical preparation for school that has an effect on mental preparation.
4. The frequency of the student’s absence and tardiness.
So what do you think? Is it a good idea to have teachers grading parents on their involvement? What would your grade be?
Thursday, January 27th, 2011
Next time you spot a spider crawling on the wall, you may want to think twice about screaming. A new study in Current Directions in Psychological Science suggests that our fears are learned, not inherent, which means that showing fright at the sight of snakes and bugs will promote the same fear within your child.
In one experiment, 3-year-olds were shown nine photographs and asked to identify their subjects. The children could identify snakes faster than the other eight images, which included flowers, frogs, and caterpillars. Scientists say the results show that children learn at an early age to quickly identify “scary” things like spiders and snakes due to the fearful voices and reactions they associate with them.
So next time you spot a cockroach in the corner, take a deep breath and try to stay calm. In a few years, your child will be able to take care of it for you — without any fear at all.