Getting Organized for School

By Dina Newman
Dina NewmanBack to School is a time for meeting new challenges and taking on new responsibilities.

The following 7 Tips will help you get organized & help you stay organized throughout the school year.


I. Create a morning schedule and practice it at least once before the start of school.

a. Try setting up a schedule in the morning that will help you stay organized. A sample schedule might be: Wake up and shower at 6:45, get dressed at 7:00, eat breakfast at 7:15, pack your lunch at 7:25, do your hair and makeup at 7:35 and leave at 7:50.
b. Make sure you allow extra time in case something goes wrong (ex: you wake up late)
c. Follow the same routine every day.


Parents as Partners in Education

By Kami Laura
Kami LauraBoth parents and teachers play a significant role in preparing children to become knowledgeable, caring and responsible adults. Whether your child is returning to school or a new kindergartener, there are ways that parents can clearly send a message to their children that school is important and education matters.

When parents create routines at home for homework, free time, meals and bedtime, they set the stage for school success. Some techniques that teachers use in the classroom can easily be adapted at home. Many teachers display visuals in the classroom, such as, schedules, to establish transitions throughout the school day. Parents, too, can prepare their child for events and post daily calendars of those events. (more…)

My Child’s Tutor Isn’t Working but She Loves Her Tutor

By Nathalie Kunin
Nathalie KuninEveryone’s happy. Your child loves her tutor. They laugh and learn together, the sessions fly by. It all seems to be going well and she even looks forward to the tutoring. But then the scores come back. The teacher’s opinion hasn’t changed. What do you do?

As a parent, getting to the bottom of what isn’t working and why will require strong communication skills between yourself, your child, tutor and teacher. Once you evaluate the situation, you’ll have several options moving forward to ensure that tutoring sessions are both enjoyable and efficient. (more…)

The Many Benefits of Swimming

By Diana Goodwin
Diana GoodwinThe weather is warming up and soon we will all be able to spend the summer in the water with our families! Swimming is a relaxing and fun activity, a great exercise, and an important life skill. Make sure to stay safe around the water while you enjoy these many benefits of swimming! (more…)

Change Your No’s to Yes’s

If we create a rhythm with our children based on negative behavior, such as focusing on the NO’s in life, and the ‘you can’t do that’ and the ‘you’re being a bad boy or girl’ then eventually that combination of thoughts and beliefs will get stored into their subconscious mind.

By Todd Kurpil
Todd KurpilIn this day and age we are waking up to the idea that how we treat ourselves is how we treat our children. We realize that our attitude and state of mind strongly influence our children’s behavior. We see that however compassionate, kind and loving we are to ourselves will carry over into how we treat our children. We also see how anger, depression and fear can carry over into our children. This is called Parent Suggestion. Our children see us, hear us and feel us when they are around us, and all of this information gets stored in the basket of their subconscious mind. (more…)

Steps to Enrich Your Child’s Literacy Skills at Home

By Elizabeth Fraley, M.Ed.
Elizabeth FraleyHere are eight excellent strategies proven to motivate your early learner. These strategies can be implemented at home.

TIP 1: Evaluate which part of your home you would like designate as your “literacy center” and supply this area with developmentally appropriate materials and books your child can access independently at their leisure or with your adult guidance. (more…)

12th Annual Summer Camp and Teen Program Fair

By Jill Levin
JillCamp provides a positive opportunity for growth that should not be underestimated. For this reason, camp can be an integral part of a child’s educational and social development. For the first time, kids leave their homes and deal with peers who may have different values or behaviors. They learn to make choices for themselves and to negotiate and resolve conflict. They learn to deal with stress in a socially acceptable manner. They learn to assess and differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate behavior and in this way ultimately gain a stronger sense of self. And camp provides the backdrop for this personal growth in a safe and secure environment. (more…)

Getting Kids Organized in the New Year

By Nathalie Kunin
Nathalie KuninAs our children will be starting the second semester of the school year, it’s important to get them back in the mode and organized. If their backpacks are overflowing, their work spaces are piled high and their homework gets left behind most mornings, your child may need an organizational overhaul. The following tips are designed for parents to help get things back on track, no matter what your child’s age. (more…)

Finding True Happiness

By Shirin Yadegar
Shirin YadegarAs we approach the end of the year, we rewind our memories to the years triumphs, disappointments and growth. As mothers, we hope that our families have grown together organically to become better human beings, more thoughtful of our surroundings and grateful for all that we have.

Giving birth, watching our children take their first steps, celebrating milestones are beautiful when we push rewind stirring laughter and happy tears. (more…)

Expert Advice on Test Taking

By Valerie Lev
By Valerie LevWhy is it that two students who, let’s say, get 80% of their answers correct on a practice exam wind up with very different scores on the actual exam? One student gets a high score on the real ISEE, and the other student gets a mid-range score. The answer can often be blamed on test anxiety.

Test anxiety, to a degree, is normal and, actually, helpful in getting a student “into the zone.” Excessive anxiety, however, can be paralyzing. Sian Beilock, a professor of psychology at the University of Chicago, says, “When students are anxious about how they’ll do on an exam, their worries use up some of their working memory capacity, leaving less of the cognitive horsepower to apply to the task at hand.” (more…)