Bag of Tricks for Parenting
- Have routines
- Give notice / Use timer
- Use statements, not questions
- Don’t engage in power struggles
- Speak calmly and quietly
- Identify triggers and avoid them (if possible)
- Limit T.V., videos & computer games before bedtime or in the morning (stimulates)
- Introduce "soft" or classical music especially in the evening
- Establish rules: e.g.: homework before dinner
- Before bedtime talk – unburden day’s problems
- Avoid the rush; allow enough time
- Plan ahead: reduce last minute chores or choices
- Prepare ahead of time: physically and emotionally
- Identify transition difficulties
- Problem solve
Accelerated Reader (A.R. Program)
ADD & ADHD Kids
- Artist's Toolkit - help your child learn about artistic elements
- Google Art Project - visit fine museums of the world
- Picturing America - learn about our culture through art
- World Digital Library - learn about cultures around the world
- Art Babble - many fine videos, many made for children, to learn about art and artists
- MoOM - Museum of Online Museums
- Why Common Core Standards? - TVUSD website
- Common Core State Standards - introduction video
- Parent Roadmaps for Math & L.A. by Grade Level - see left margin for options
- National PTA Resources - scroll to bottom of the page
- CA Dept. Of Ed. Common Core Standards - overview
- Parent Resources for Common Core State Standards - see our Common Core page
Conferences: Do Your Homework
How parents can get the most out of the limited time:
- Ask your child to share concerns before you go.
- Bring written notes and questions.
- Tell the teacher about at-home issues that might be impacting your child's academics.
- Don't be antagonistic. View the teacher as your partner.
- If teacher uses jargon, ask for simple explanations and specifics about your child's work.
- Keep the conversation focused on your child—not your childhood, the teacher's workload or views on the curriculum.
- Discuss strategies you and the teacher can use to help your child. Write out common goals.
- Ask for follow-up emails and conversations.
Family Communication Strategies
Flash Card Generator - Test Preparation
Gifted and Talented (G.A.T.E.)
- Hoagies' Gifted: Parenting Gifted Children
- NAGC - Publications - Parenting for High Potential
- Resources For Parents of Gifted Children (Child Development Institute)
- Keys to Raising a Gifted Child
- Gifted-friendly parenting strategies
- Parenting highly gifted children: The challenges, the joys, the unexpected surprises - Davidson
Health, Nutrition, and Safety
- Sleep for Kids - elementary students need 11 hours daily!
- Would You Eat That?
- Kids Health
- Eat Different
- Child and Teen Health Topics
- National Safe Kids Campaign
- Saferparks: Amusement Parks and Traveling Carnivals
- The Safety Zone
- Safety Pages from Cybrary Man
- National Bike Safety Network
- FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts
- HeadLice.org (National Pediculosis Association)
- Guidelines for School Health Programs to Promote Lifelong Healthy Eating
- Physical Activity Fact Sheet
- Body Mass Index Measurement in Schools
- Chronic Disease Prevention Programs
- Powerful Girls have Powerful Bones
Home Safety - Videos
- The Foundation for a Better Life - very inspirational website