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The Best Children’s Books About Thanksgiving

7 Nov

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Why School Suspensions and Zero-Tolerance Policies Are Bad Ideas

31 Oct

By Laurie Berdahl, M.D. & Brian D. Johnson, Ph.D. Teachers and administrators must deal with a myriad of behavior problems and threatening situations at their schools. Zero-tolerance policies focus on automatic punishment via suspension or expulsion for breaking rules, whether intentionally or unintentionally, no matter the reason or situation. These policies have resulted in huge Continue Reading

Give Back

5 Oct

As parents we may find ourselves occasionally grumbling about the morning chaos of getting the kids to school, exorbitant amounts of homework or PTA meetings that seem to drag on forever. But what we have to stop and remember is how lucky we are to have the opportunity to give our kids an education, a Continue Reading

Vote No on Question 2

3 Oct

The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the view of Boston Parents Paper and its staff.   Parents are always facing difficult choices: breast milk or formula, cloth diapers or disposable, cry-it-out or co-sleep? As our children get older, urban parents face a choice that grows more controversial Continue Reading

De-Mystifying Math

22 Sep

New evidence suggests we need to make math education more visual to increase its effectiveness. While students have previously been discouraged from using their fingers while learning math, a Stanford University study reveals quite the opposite. “Our brains use visual pathways when we are learning math – our brains actually ‘see’ a representation of fingers Continue Reading

Help Your Kindergartner Thrive

5 Sep

Deborah Dixon, MS, CCC-SLP, director of school services for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), details key skills that children need for a successful school experience. Essential skills that are the foundation of school-readiness include: Communication skills – sharing one’s thoughts, wants, and needs as well as understanding the thoughts, wants, and needs of others. Social Continue Reading

Top Five Latin Myths

24 Aug

By Amy Barr Choosing a language to study at home can be stressful. No matter what you pick there will be a heavy time and money investment due. The study of classical languages is alive and well, so no doubt you have considered Latin. Is it just a passing trend? Some wonder what’s so great Continue Reading

Everybody Counts!

2 Aug

Elizabeth Todd and her mother walk through their neighborhood almost every day. At almost 4 years old, Elizabeth loves to look for special things along the way: the carved figure of an Indian on a nearby roof, purple flowers in a particular garden, a bench tucked under the trees, a bright yellow antique car parked Continue Reading

Kids Count

27 Jul

A new report reveals what we, as parents, already knew – Massachusetts is an awesome state for the welfare of our kids. The 2016 Kids Count report ranked Massachusetts as the second best overall state for children (falling just behind Minnesota which claimed the top spot). They considered four categories when compiling the list, including Continue Reading

What Kids Need for a Mentally Healthy Summer

22 Jun

  By Tanya Peterson Summer is about to begin in earnest. Those adults who have children in their lives likely have a checklist of summer necessities to keep kids healthy. Sunscreen, bug spray, water bottles, Band-Aids, and other such necessities will help kids stay physically healthy and well through the summer. What about a checklist Continue Reading