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 [...]

102, 2016

Talega Life February 2016 Issue – Please, Let Me Fail and Learn

Recent books such as Being Wrong,  How to Raise an Adult, and The Gift of Failure indicate there is a growing concern regarding teenagers and young adults who are coming to college and the business world as undeveloped, lacking in self-efficacy, anxious and depressed, and fearful of taking educated risks. Parents already have mounting concerns regarding their child’s well-being; yet, to what extent are those concerns fueling the problem? Many university Deans, professors, and researchers have concluded that such hindered skills are due to parents [...]

101, 2016

Talega Life January 2016 Issue – Mr. Mrs. Dr. Miss: Titles and The Parents Choice

Mr. Mrs. Dr. Miss.: Titles and The Parents Choice Many parents and educators comment that children of this generation are lacking in respect and etiquette in a variety of social areas. Most children learn how to address adults in conversation through watching their parents or being told by their parents. However, parents today have conflicting views about what the appropriate salutation of an adult should be. Do we teach our children to refer to our neighbors and friends as Dr. Mrs. Mr. or Miss.? Or, [...]

112, 2015

Talega Life December 2015 Issue – Gratitude Activities with Children

The holidays are the perfect time to help children cultivate and express their gratitude for friends, family, and their community. Building on last month’s article, this issue contains excellent activities from The University of California Berkley, Greater Good Program. Many of these family friendly crafts and events can be adapted to fit any age level. Gratitude Photos.Have children write what he or she is thankful for on a large piece of paper and then take a picture of the child holding up his or her [...]

111, 2015

Talega Life November 2015 Issue – The Gratitude in Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is more meaningful than simply gathering family and celebrating a good meal. With many public schools dropping the celebration of all holidays, parents have a unique opportunity to teach their children about thankfulness. This time of year is perfect for cultivating an understanding and practice of gratitude. A grateful perspective has been shown to develop more optimistic and resilient attitudes in children. Children with a grateful perspective experience: Less negative emotions Bounce back quicker from adversity Report feeling better connected to school and family [...]

110, 2015

Talega Life October 2015 Issue – Good Parenting and Effective Teaching

Parents often wonder what is the best method in which to teach children that are learning how to behave and how to think. Good parenting and discipline often equate the same thing: effective teaching. Discipline does not equal punishment. Discipline is an emotional education: a way of teaching your young child to handle their feelings and reminding her/him how to behave. The ultimate goal is to help children gain self-control, which is one of the best predictors for personal well-being, learning, and healthy functioning. While [...]

109, 2015

Talega Life September 2015 Issue – Processing Death with Young Children

When we agree to love something or someone, we agree to face loss at some point.  Adults can rationalize the process of love and loss while young children may face difficulty in processing what death is and what to do with the emotions of grief. There is not one proper way to process death and grief with children, parents and caregivers often have to find the best possible way to discuss the topic with children in a developmentally appropriate way. There are however, a few [...]

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