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Newman, Rita – Childhood Education, 1998
A strong home-school connection is crucial for students' success, and honest, open dialog during parent-teacher conferences can play an important role in strengthening this connection. This article presents research findings on parent-teacher relationships and practical suggestions for improving parent-teacher conferences. (EV)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Conferences
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Newman, Rita – Childhood Education, 1998
A recent study indicated students in the United States do not understand basic math and science as well as students in other countries, and will not be prepared for decision making in a largely scientific and technological world. Suggests ways for parents to emphasize science at school, at home, on school field trips, with science fairs, and with…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Field Trips, Futures (of Society)
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Newman, Rita – Childhood Education, 1997
Suggests parents use catalogs to help children increase reading and math skills. Points out that catalogs link language and print, that children can increase vocabulary through picture naming, and that sorting pictures and classifying objects can increase thinking skills. Suggests that children can practice adding, counting, and comparison…
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Creative Activities, Educational Resources, Language Acquisition
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Newman, Rita – Childhood Education, 1997
Provides several suggestions to parents willing to help their children understand the importance of developing and practicing healthful habits. Discusses advantages of washing hands regularly and thoroughly and developing good oral hygiene. Urges parents to practice and teach healthful habits and become models for their children. (AA)
Descriptors: Child Health, Dental Health, Habit Formation, Health Activities
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Newman, Rita – Childhood Education, 1998
Reviews Covey's "7 Habits of Effective Families," noting that time plays an important part in each habit. Discusses several important "time" issues for families: time to plan for time, time for awareness of quality time, time to have two-way communication, time for family moments, and time to reflect. Includes suggestions for…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Communication (Thought Transfer), Family Life, Family Relationship
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Newman, Rita – Childhood Education, 1995
Examines the formation of a solid and lasting parent-teacher connection. Provides teachers a list of experiences that can be shared with parents to help build strong links in the home-school chain. Includes list of recommended reading and resources. (ET)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Family School Relationship, Interpersonal Communication, Parent Participation
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Newman, Rita – Childhood Education, 1995
Encourages parents to be aware of how natural exploration and play can facilitate learning in their children. Gives activities, adjustable in difficulty depending on developmental age of child, such as cooking that can be used to develop readiness for reading, writing, and math. Includes suggestions for inexpensive materials. (ET)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Children, Elementary Education, Experiential Learning
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Newman, Rita – Childhood Education, 1996
Discusses how family vacations provide problem-solving opportunities. Describes 10 resources on traveling with children that include first-hand travel accounts and recommendations for traveling with children; information guides for older children; travel-related sticker books for younger children; tourism department materials; children's travel…
Descriptors: Children, Informal Education, Parent Materials, Recreational Activities
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Newman, Rita – Childhood Education, 1995
Notes that the hobby of collecting is a way families can reinforce and expand a child's learning when not in school by encouraging development of classification, categorizing, and decision-making skills. Describes resources on and what can be learned by collecting rocks, seashells, cards, and stamps. (DR)
Descriptors: Children, Classification, Learning Activities, Parent Role
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Newman, Rita – Childhood Education, 1994
Noting the difficulty for many parents to spend "quality time" with their children, shows parents how to get into the habit of reading with their children. Explains how to begin, where to find suitable books, how to select topics appropriate to the child's age and interests, and how to find the time in busy schedules. (TJQ)
Descriptors: Books, Childrens Literature, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education
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Newman, Rita – Childhood Education, 1995
Having children prepare meals is one way they can apply school learning to the everyday world. Lists 39 books that show how home-school or kitchen-classroom learning can merge. Titles listed include cookbooks, books about healthy cooking, and books about cooking and fiction, cooking and poetry, and cooking and celebrations. (TM)
Descriptors: Bibliographies, Cooking Instruction, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students