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Old School vs. New School

by Web on 5, March, 2009

The charter school that my son is at uses a Core Knowledge style structure.  This article highlights the debate of the value of teaching to “modern life skills” vs “core skills”.  In a modern world though shouldn’t computers, typing, etc. be considered “core”? Should Johnny Learn Core or Skills What do you think?

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Q: What is it you want people to know about people with Down syndrome? A: Give kids with Down syndrome a fair shake — that’s all. That’d be great, for starters. Read the full story here

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The Contribution of Diagnostic Substitution to the Growing Administrative Prevalence of Autism in US Special Education — Shattuck 117 (4): 1028 — Pediatrics Autism Strains Families’ Pocketbooks, Emotions – On Parenting (usnews.com) Autism Caught On Tape — Computer Scientists Use Technology To Help Children With Autism New Method Of Scoring IQ Tests Benefits Children With […]

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IEP FAQs: Can We Write our Parapro’s Name in the IEP? Is a Child with ADD/ADHD Eligible for Special Education? – Wrightslaw Parent Volunteers Cannot Substitute for Trained Teachers by Sue Whitney Heath IEP FAQs: Is There a 10 Day Timeline for IEP Meetings? Teachers Trump Psychologist? Who Decides Eligibility? On Special Education: Q&A with […]

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Wayne State Prof Research Pushes Autism Treatment Forward Helping Your Child and Family Have An Autism Friendly Holiday Season Autism diagnostic evaluation in multiple settings: Who should really be evaluating my child? Recovering from Autism. Part I Recovering from Autism. Part II Neuropsychological evaluations of children with autism: From recommendations to practical implementation. Sleep problems […]

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Interesting Stories – Dec 15th, 2008

by Web on 15, December, 2008

Genius May Be An Abnormality – Educating students with Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism Girls’ Autism Signs Miss Early Diagnosis POP QUIZ – Pull Quotes From US News Magazine Articles On Vaccines -  David Kirby More than 500,000 autistic kids have costly health needs that can strain families, study says It Bears Repeating – […]

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Turn Gmail in an Always-On Baby Book

by Web on 2, December, 2008

Blogger Rafe Needleman uses Gmail to record memories of his young son’s life. With the hefty storage, easy accessibility and robust filter and search tools, it’s a neat way to be able to quickly pull up that time when your little one met Santa Claus—or yanked your laptop off the table. Of course, with stuff […]

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Turn OpenDNS into a Parental Filter

by Web on 2, December, 2008

You can spend hours figuring out how to lock down every browser in the house to prevent the net’s nastier stuff from reaching your kids. Or you can set up the web-boosting, attack-preventing Open DNS service to work with your router and drill down on specific prevention measures. You filter by category or content, block […]

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Hand-Me-Downs is a web-based service reminiscent of Craiglist where parents can list used items for babies and children. Users are given the option to sell, give away, or donate their things. If you’re looking for things you can select the metropolitan area you’re in or nearest and browse a variety of categories like: baby gear, […]

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What a Lovely Name is a tag-based search engine for baby names. Rather than take the traditional approach of searching for a name and then reading what traits are associated with that name, with What a Lovely Name you select a handful of traits you value and the gender of the child and the site […]

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Parent Hacks has written up an interesting way to keep your tiny early riser in bed longer: I used an old cell phone with an alarm feature that I set for 6 am which was around his normal wake up time. My hope was that he would eventually learn that Mommy was coming when he […]

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Make Your House Rules Stick

by Web on 2, December, 2008

Do you find it difficult to get your family members to adhere to your house rules? Blogger and parent Vanessa Van Petten says that you can make your house rules stick by clearly explaining why these rules are in place. “Because I said so” is no longer a sufficient answer. Also, don’t cheat. If you’re […]

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The Zakka Life Crafts blog suggests a frugal, DIY way to keep kids (and maybe driving adults) stocked up with non-spill “sippy” cups. Wash out yogurt containers with plastic lids, then cut a fast-food-style “X” in the lid, big enough for a straw to go through but not much bigger. You’ve got a cheap, reusable […]

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The earlier you learn solid money management skills, the better off you’ll be. If you’re a parent and money is on your child’s mind, it’s best to teach them before they exhaust their savings. The PAYjr Education Center proposes that you start teaching your child about money as soon as they’re young enough to count. […]

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Parenting blog Parent Hacks has written up a free way to entertain the kids – the local pet store. We walked them in together, something that’s SUCH a treat as they usually are in a shopping cart or stroller, and we saw the fish, birds, cats, dogs and rodents…at one point, my son was doubled […]

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Help your kids clean their rooms

by Web on 2, December, 2008

If you’ve ever thrown your hands up in despair at ever getting your kiddos to clean their rooms efficiently, Curbly blogger babadivy has written up a fantastically simple way to accomplish this. Basically, it boils down to making everything as simple as possible. Three main things to remember: less toys=easier to clean, containers/storage systems don’t […]

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