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103, 2017

Talega Life March 2017 Issue – Spring Time Service for Families

Spring break will be coming up soon and many parents are wondering what to do with their children during this week long time off of school. Both working families and families with one parent at home have a variety of options to teach their children real world learning and service during this valuable time together. Volunteering in the community has is a powerful approach to teaching with authentic learning experiences. Children often see the connections to what they learn in academic content to real-world context. [...]

101, 2017

Talega Life January 2017 Issue – Raising a Resilient Child

Raising resilient children is every parent’s goal. There are over 100 parenting books that focus on the topic. We all want our children to bounce back from adversity, stay strong under pressure, make good decisions when no one is looking, and be their own problem-solver. Resilient children do not do everything on their own, rather, they know how to ask for help and are able to problem-solve their next steps. A parent’s job isn’t to be there all the time for their kids, our job [...]

112, 2016

Talega Life December 2016 Issue – The Gift of Boredom

It has become the norm in Southern California for children to be over scheduled and have very little down time and an opportunity to be bored. Childhood experts assert that children need time to be bored so they can develop their innate ability to be creative and reflective. Children that are constantly active risk the delay developing their imagination and the ability to self-regulate their emotions. Out of boredom children learn to engage parts of their brain in creative development such as inventing new games, [...]

111, 2016

Talega Life November 2016 Issue – Emotional Literacy

Every parent and child enjoys the special moments connecting over a favorite book. Children often ask for the same title to be read over and over, delighting in each page as if it was the first time hearing the tale. Parenting experts and psychologists agree that this practice is important for family bonding and for learning hidden messages within the tales of childhood literature. Haley Goldberg, LMFT and owner of The Heart of Connection, suggest that parents need to supplement their well-known children books with [...]

109, 2016

Talega Life September 2016 Issue – The Importance of Play

Stuart Brown, M.D, author of Play: how it shapes the brain, opens the imagination, and invigorates the soul, asserts that play is an essential component of success for both adults and children; noting that the majority of Silicon Valley corporations include ping-pongs tables, slides instead of stairs, and game rooms. Corporate human resource departments have found that more opportunities for employees to play equate to better innovation, greater wellness, and an increase in productivity. With an increased emphasis on play in the corporate sector, play [...]

108, 2016

Talega Life August 2016 Issue – Rethinking Homework Part Two

Last month’s article explored the contentious topic of homework in the elementary school years. Many researchers, educators, parents, and authors assert that premature and improper homework can hinder the development and academic growth of children under the age of twelve. However, there are conditions under which homework can provide positive and valuable benefits for elementary school children and their families. First, not all homework is created equal. Benefits prevail when an assignment includes a clear purpose and a connection between the school and home relationship. [...]

107, 2016

Talega Life July 2016 Issue – Rethinking Homework Part One

The value of homework in the elementary school years is a contentious issue among parents. No-homework policies are being integrated in many American schools where the shift to Common Core curriculum has required educators to rethink how students spend their time and to what extent doing homework equates to actual learning. The past twenty-five years of educational research demonstrates a surprising conclusion: homework provides no measureable benefit at the elementary school level. Even more surprising is that premature and improper homework can hinder the development [...]

104, 2016

Talega Life April 2016 Issue – Defining Kindergarten Readiness

Fall registration for 2016/2017 is beginning in many districts and private schools. Accordingly, many parents are getting ready to enroll their five-year-olds in kindergarten. Children who will reach their fifth birthday by September 1st are eligible for kindergarten in California, however, kindergarten is not considered compulsory in California. Some parents select two years of preschool or a year of kindergarten-prep (transitional kindergarten) to allow their children time to develop socially before kindergarten. How do you know if your child is ready for kindergarten? School readiness [...]

103, 2016

Talega Life March 2016 Issue – Making Sense of 21st Century Learning

Throughout history, education has been shaped by societal needs. Education is a process which conveys, from one generation to the next, the skills, values and knowledge that are needed for a successful life. Parents, families and schools play a key role in supporting the development of 21st century skills. These skills are not a fad or trend that will diminish like other educational models. Twenty-first century skills are a set of academic building blocks—abilities and ways of thinking—that can help kids thrive in our current [...]

Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.
–Albert Einstein