By Katie Moosbrugger
Sigh. Eye Rolls. That's the response I sometimes get from my 9-year-old when I ask what the hottest toys and gifts are this holiday season. And other times she rattles off a million ideas that seem to change from week to week. Since kids this age can be so hard to predict, I decided to ask friends and family who are in the know for this age group, or who have lived through this era and can suggest what's best to buy.
Their suggestions are below. What I love about this list is that some gift ideas are tried-and-true year-after-year, while others are popular just this season. Either way, I'm sure you'll find something sure to please! Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
By Guest Blogger Kristen Daukas
I have no idea when it happened, but one day, several years ago, I turned to look at my oldest daughter and something was just different. Was it her hair? Was she wearing it in a new style? No.. that wasn’t it. Was it makeup? Had she snuck in to the bathroom and started playing America’s Next Supermodel? Nope.. clear there, too. New outfit? Mismatched outfit? Once again, no. But there was something about her outfit that wasn’t right. And then it hit me like a ton of bricks and my head snapped back in a double take.
I looked again to be sure I wasn’t seeing things, but I wasn’t. But actually, in this instance, I was. Read More
By Guest Blogger Rita C. Haire, Ed.D., Director of Advancement, High Point Christian Academy
High Point Christian Academy welcomes families to come out on Sunday afternoon, November 10th, at 3:00 p.m., for an informal and informative visit to our campus at our Open House (for transitional Kindergarten through 12th grade).
Meet the Head of School, administrators, and teachers, take a friendly tour, enjoy refreshments, and take home an application packet brimming with information. HPCA holds dear its mission to provide “Christ-centered quality education and academic excellence, in partnership with family and church within a loving, caring atmosphere.” Read More
By Guest Blogger Holly Jones, Greensboro Day School parent
As I was trying to decide where I should send my daughter to spend each day, I felt a peace and a confidence when I walked the halls of Greensboro Day School. I remember telling my husband, "You just have to go and feel for yourself."
In one classroom, children were not just learning to read, but learning to love to read. In another, students were not just learning about how to make art, but learning about what famous artist was behind their art. Finally, in another classroom children were not just learning about right and wrong, but learning about how to make the best decision for the situation and how to deal with how that right or wrong decision may make them feel. What I observed was what real life in the outside world was all about. It was not focused on memorizing facts and computations. It was about learning to function and be successful and useful in the world outside of school. Read More
By Guest Blogger Theo Helm, Director of Marketing and Communications, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
(From Katie) ~ These days, it's rare a week goes by that I don't hear a comment from another parent about Common Core curriculum or see something posted in my Facebook news feed about it. I hear and read everything from frustration, to doubt (parents comparing these new standards to how they learned English/Language Arts and Math 30+ years ago) to compliments on how this new way of learning is ideal. And it's not just here in the Triad, but from friends all across the country. In response to this, I asked Theo Helm to craft a a "lesson" about Common Core for TMoM readers that could help debunk myths and offer basic explanations. Below is his Q&A. We'd love for you to chime in with your comments, concerns, praises - and Theo is on-hand to answer your questions. Let's use today's post as an interactive sound board. Tell us what you think, and about your experiences thus far with Common Core.
By Guest Blogger Chelle Jeffrey, New Garden Friends School alumna and parent of a current third grader who enrolled in kindergarten
My mother says she picked New Garden Friends School for me because I was a rule follower. She knew that at most schools, I’d sit in the front row and do everything right. At Friends School, she believed I might have the opportunity (or courage, perhaps?) to break the rules, and have that be okay.
There, I learned my interconnectedness with the world; that my privilege required my generosity. I learned that people who were different from me were just as special. I learned to challenge myself and to set high expectations. I was taught so much more than how to read, write, and do math; I learned how to learn. I also learned how to be a friend, to question authority, and to stand up for what was right, even if it was hard or uncomfortable. Read More
By Carlen Walters, Greensboro Day School parent
My youngest son asked, “Mommy, what does ‘let’ mean, as in piglet?” I said, “It means small.” He asked, “Am I a MANLET?!”
We all love our children, but as they get older we have to ask the question, do we LIKE who they are becoming?
One of the most important choices that we make as parents is the type of education our children will receive. For us, Greensboro Day School was the perfect choice. Read More
By Jon Churn, Head of School for The Montessori School of Winston-Salem
The 2013-14 School Year for The Montessori School of Winston-Salem marks 40 years of service to the children of Winston-Salem. From our humble beginnings to our beautiful 8 acre home on Holder road in Clemmons, The Montessori School of Winston-Salem has held fast to its mission to provide an authentic Montessori education that nurtures a lifelong love of learning and a passion for excellence.
In 1973, the Montessori movement in Winston-Salem was still in its adolescence with an uncertain future. At this time a group of parents inspired by Dr. Montessori’s vision for education came together to form Forsyth Montessori School. In 1984 Forsyth Montessori, still only one of the three existing Montessori schools in Winston-Salem, merged with Reynolda Montessori in rented space in the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church on Bolton Street and under the new name, The Montessori Children’s Center Inc. (Later to be known as The Montessori School of Winston-Salem). Read More
By Guest Blogger Michelle Bostian, GDS Lower School Counselor
Seventh graders Gilbert and Bob have been friends since 1st grade. Bob’s parents frequently argue and last night his father stormed out leaving his mother sobbing. Gilbert is the only one Bob has confided in about his situation at home. Today, Bob arrives at school with shadowed eyes, and Gilbert knows Bob’s father must have left again.
Later that day, a test was distributed to the students after a brief reminder about cheating. Bob anxiously stares at the paper. If he fails another test he will not pass this class. Without a word, Bob glances toward Gilbert and nods at the paper he has been staring at blankly for ten minutes. Gilbert is frozen for a moment. The words to the school’s honor code float through his mind as he notices that Bob has already copied two of his answers. Read More
By Guest Blogger Nancy Tuohy
We all know the excitement that surrounds the first day of school. New stuff, new teachers, new classmates. It’s all shiny and bright. And then, we get to day 3 and beyond….
The plain truth is not every child greets the new school year with ongoing joy. The honeymoon can end rather quickly. And then we doubt ourselves, our schools, our teachers. Something must be wrong if Suzie doesn’t want to go back on the 4th day of school, right?
Guess what….this is totally normal.
We live in a time where we as parents pressure ourselves to create and maintain a stress-free, pain-free, success-oriented world for our kids. Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
I compiled this post a few years ago and thought it was the perfect time to run it again. For parents with children of all ages, homework brings about a lot of questions. Some parents feel that when they don’t help their child, they are not involved enough in their schoolwork. Others feel that if they help too much, they are not teaching their child how to be responsible.
I asked teachers from all different grade levels to please give us advice on how to handle homework with our children. These are just a few opinions from teachers that I highly respect. Most importantly, please remember that any decision such as this one should be based on the individual child. You know your children best and you also know what may hinder or help them. Read the advice below and use what you can! Thanks so much to all these wonderful teachers for taking time to give us their “two cents”! Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
Sometimes I think we make parenting too difficult.
Every once in a while I hear something come out of the mouths of my children and I think, "Brilliant! Why didn't I think of that?" Their ideas are so simple, yet entail so much common sense.
As a new school year begins, I thought we could all use some words of wisdom from the children and teens in our lives. I asked students, "How can your mom and dad help you to be successful school this year?" Their answers are below. Read them, digest them, share them, and put them to use! Sometimes children can teach us just as much as we teach them. Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
We hope your children are ready for a terrific 2013-2014 school year! Whether your child is in preschool or high school, we have a helpful post for you today. We ran this a few years ago, but had requests to run it again. Please take a read and share!
Who better to give “back to school“ advice than teachers? I have interviewed teachers who work with children and teens of all ages. I also spoke to teachers of self-contained and special needs classrooms. I asked each of them, “If you could tell parents one thing, what would it be?” I hope your find their advice helpful and inspiring! If you are a teacher yourself, please add your tips to the comment section at the end of this post. Read More
Sponsored by Edward McKay Used Books & More
It's July already! But there's plenty of time left to the summer -- plenty of time left for sun, fun, and reading! Our annual Monkey Shines reading program in the Greensboro and Winston-Salem branches of Edward McKay Used Books & More is going strong, with more readers than ever. It started Saturday, June 8, and runs until August 10. The program is for kids 5-12. And, of course, it's free!
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Sponsored by Edward McKay Used Books & More
School's out! But that doesn't mean your kids have to lose the book habit. Keep them reading all summer long with our annual Monkey Shines reading program in the Greensboro and Winston-Salem branches of Edward McKay Used Books & More. It started Saturday, June 8, and runs until August 10. The program is for kids 5-12. And, of course, it's free!
By Katie Moosbrugger
I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion. ~ Mia Hamm
There are few sports that can let you be a superstar on the playing field like soccer. It doesn’t matter what size you are, how tall you are, how confident or shy you are, how much you love or hate to run, or how athletic or clumsy you are – chances are good there is a position that will let you shine. That’s because the greatest lesson learned - in just one season of the game - is teamwork. A soccer player is only as good as its team, and vice versa.
Growing up, I played soccer every season for over six years and it’s made for many of my fondest childhood friends and memories. Today as a parent, I would be honored to call myself a “soccer mom” because of all the experiences and that my child could gain. If you feel the same way, enrolling in a program with Greensboro United Soccer Association (GUSA) is a great start, and now is the perfect time. Read More
By Guest Blogger Leigh Ann Woodruff
New Sportsology Exhibit, SciCamps, Special Programming and More!
You won’t want to miss all the exciting things going on at SciWorks this summer! From a new exhibit that encourages visitors to engage with the science of sports to one-day and five-day SciCamps and special programming such as Bird Bonanza and Winston-Salem Open Day, there is plenty for kids and families to see and do at SciWorks this summer!
Keep reading to find out more... Read More
By Guest Bloggers Michelle Gethers-Clark and Aimee Picon, mothers of Noble Academy students
The AnswerGetting the answer has a way of making us feel good. However, before the answer can be appreciated, the question or problem must be clear. Have you ever thought you had the wrong answer? Was the answer wrong or was there a lack of clarity about the question?
People search for the answer in a variety of ways - common approaches include research, advice from friends, professional services, internet searches, asking questions, observation, referrals, and prayer. As most parents think about educational options and answers for children, there are complex questions before the answer becomes apparent? Unfortunately, we may assume we know the answer and never ask the question until a problem surfaces. Read More
By Guest Blogger and a St. John's mom, Jen Fuqua
From clothing to food to jobs to significant others, there’s nothing like the total package. Something where everything just fits right and offers all that you’re looking for.
Last week was National Teacher Appreciation Week. Accordingly, my kids (ages 8 and 11) wrote thank you notes to their teachers at their school. Of course, like many moms, I like to look over the cards before they are delivered. My jaw dropped as I read the thank you note that my son made for our principal, Dr. Wells.
“Thank you for being such a great principal. You make St. John’s safe, caring, fun and educational. I am so happy to be at this school. Thanks for being the best principal.“
I have to admit I was a bit in awe. At that moment, I realized we, as a family, had found the Total Package in St. John’s Lutheran School. Read More
By Donna Jackson with Scholastic Book Fairs
Readers, clear your calendar for this sale! I was just there today scoping it out and I literally could have spent hours and hours browsing. The deals are amazing, as well as the selection. It is worth your time to stock up on summer reading - plus books you can give as gifts throughout the year. Enjoy! ~ Katie
If you’re planning your summer for kids, and you have a connection to the education community (if you’re a teacher, homeschooler, book fair volunteer, school library volunteer, etc.) you have a great opportunity to shop for books at a big discount. The Scholastic Warehouse Sale runs from Wednesday, May 8th (May 8th is purchase orders only though) through Saturday, May 18th. Everything is 25% to 80% off with the majority of the titles in the warehouse being 50% off during this sale. Also when you register in advance you get a “Fast Pass” that gets you in the door more quickly, and also a coupon for $10 off a $50 purchase or $25 off a $100 purchase.
Besides the thousands of books, there are also video games, posters, craft kits, and other novelties. Also there is a section of adult books. Read More
By Guest Bloggers Jennifer Aceves, Head of Upper Division & Hallie Harding, Head of Lower Division at Noble Academy
As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, school is coming to a close. What does summer mean for your family? Vacations, cookouts, days at the pool, homework...wait, homework?!?! While students are always relieved to escape homework for three months, there is a lot of research about summer learning loss that supports students continuing to engage in academic endeavors during the summer months. Students with learning differences could be at even more risk of losing ground over the summer, but many of these students are also working so hard to keep up during the school year that the long break can be refreshing to them. As a parent, how do you find a balance?
The best advice would be to use your child’s interests to your advantage and build in as many learning opportunities that you can into those activities. If there are learning tasks that your child identifies as tedious or unpleasant (some students hate reading), create a schedule so that your child knows what to expect and can see that 20 minutes of reading every other day isn’t really taking up their entire summer. Involve your child’s friends for a book club or other academic playdate or recruit a neighbor or family member who your child admires to try to lessen your child’s resistance to the activity. Read More
By Guest Blogger Margaret T.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner. This time of year, I always pause and reflect on my three children when they were younger. They’re older now. One is still in high school, one in college and one graduated from college.We started thinking about their college educations when they were young, and I’m grateful that we did.
Even at a young age, the school that children attend makes a huge difference in terms of college acceptance and success. We found that middle school builds such a foundation of learning for a child’s high school experience. The best thing we did to help prepare our children for college was to send them to Forsyth Country Day School. My husband and I have seen firsthand the difference that Forsyth Country Day made with our three children. Read More
By Guest Blogger Donna Peterson, Guilford Campus Head, New Garden Friends School
We teach through a lens of respect.
Our students are given the honor and responsibility of being known.
The Quaker aspects of New Garden Friends School are seen foremost in the relationships among students, teachers, and parents. The belief that there is that of God in everyone essentially means that each person is worthy and deserving of respect, and has goodness within. Therefore, students observe the interactions between teachers and students as those of people who respect each other as individuals and treat one another with care and kindness. It is important to us that the uniqueness of each person is allowed to thrive at our school so that each student can be their true self and not have the need to pretend otherwise. Read More
By Guest Blogger, Susannah Steele, Director of Community Partnerships, The Music Academy of North Carolina
We’ve all heard about how music can positively impact a child’s development, but at The Music Academy we get to see it happening every day! Music supports healthy development in nearly every area of the brain, and it teaches physical control and coordination. It provides an emotional and expressive outlet and, perhaps most importantly, the lessons last for life. While most senior citizens can’t play soccer or football, they can often sing or play an instrument. Music is a gift you can give your child that will last forever.
We offer a nurturing musical environment for beginners, and more rigorous programs for the advanced student. Our mission? To enable students of all ages, interests, abilities, and backgrounds to discover, develop, realize, and express their innate talents. And we have a pretty good time doing it. Read More
By Guest Blogger Joanna A.
The last two years at our house have been an incredible season of change. One of those changes has included our eldest son’s transition from a school where things were “fine” for him to a school where things are GREAT for him. We are grateful everyday for the smile on his face and the peace in his spirit, much of which is a result of his thriving in school - for the first time in his life!
Our son’s new found enthusiasm about school came from Forsyth Country Day School. Today, our son hops out of bed in the morning and is actually excited about going to school, especially when he studies geography of different countries such as Africa. For those of you who have had a child trudging through long and trying weeks of school, you will know that having a child who is enthusiastic about school makes a positive impact on the entire family. Read More
By Guest Blogger Michelle Calhoun, Parent and Dir. of Marketing and Enrollment at Redeemer School
Time passes too quickly when our children are young, and before we know it the time is here to begin looking at schools and deciding where they will best learn and grow into lifelong learners. As mothers, we want the school to nurture our children the way we have for the past four or more years and feed their desire for learning and creating with wonderful stories, music, art, and hands-on experiences. We want school to be an extension of the values being taught at home and a place where our children feel like they are part of a community or family.
There were so many options available to us when ours were little: public, charter, magnet, private, religious, and home schools. I wondered how I would know the best fit for our children and our family? As a former public middle school teacher I began to think about the choices available to me and I developed my own list of what was important to help foster lifelong learning. Read More
By Guest Blogger Jennifer Aceves, Head of Upper Division, Noble Academy
Confidence...self worth...resilience...self-esteem...these characteristics are all related and inseparable from each other, and they are all traits that we want our children to possess. Of course we want our children to get up when they fall down, to hold their head up high, to not be afraid of making mistakes, to shoot for the stars, to feel good about themselves, and to believe in their future. What factors play a role in a child’s self-esteem? There are a multitude, way too many to mention in this blog post. However, one of the first that comes to mind is success in school. Kids spend around a third of their week in school or doing schoolwork. While most kids are extremely resilient by nature, imagine how hard it is to continue to feel good about yourself if day after day you are faced with what seems like one insurmountable task after another? Research has shown that children with learning disabilities are more likely to suffer from low self-esteem due to their daily struggles with academics, organization, and social skills. Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
You've made it through the baby days and elementary school but suddenly find yourself staring in wonder at the child in front of you as they begin to go through changes. How do you properly deal with attitude changes, increased school work and the pull of extra-curricular activities? How do you tell when they're being honest with you and when is the best time to start talking about dating and physical affections?
Welcome to the tween and teen years. Just when you think you’ve mastered parenthood, a whole new phase begins. Making the transition is a challenge for any parent which is why we’re thrilled to announce a first-of-its-kind parenting consortium to tackle these tough issues.
Join us on Saturday, March 16 for a half-day seminar entitled Parenting Boot Camp: Surviving the Teen and Tween Years. Triad Moms on Main is co-hosting this event along with the popular teen/tween site Ten to Twenty Parenting and TruthBlazer , a nationally recognized business focused on lie detection and body language. Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
We are extremely fortunate to have as many schooling options as we do, but if you are like me, the options just make your decision more difficult. Whether your child is starting Kindergarten, or you are ready for a change in their education in the upper grades, we have a few tips for you today that might help in your decision-making.
First off, you need to narrow down the choices. Here in the Triad area you can choose from homeschooling, magnet schools, general public schools, in-zone, out-of-zone, Montessori schools, Christian schools and Private schools. Obviously the choices can be overwhelming! I will touch on a few options below and include some helpful links and resources. I hope that these tips can give you a jump start on making the right decision for your child. If I have left anything off or you have advice of your own, please chime in by commenting below. Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
We are about halfway through the traditional school year! That means it is the season for conferences with your child’s teacher(s). You probably have a million topics you want to cover in the brief 15–20 minutes you are allotted. As a former Elementary School teacher, I highly suggest writing down your concerns and questions and bringing them along to the meeting.
As a parent, you truly do not know how your child behaves when he/she is at school and you may not know if they are struggling in a specific area. It is easier to tell with older children, because an F on a test is obviously a good indication that your child is having problems! With younger children, they do not have tests, and you may know not how they are doing. If the teacher has not already given you a head’s up, the only way to find out is to ask. Sometimes the truth is tough to swallow, but in the end, remember that the teachers are doing what is best for your child and are also doing everything he/she can to help your child be successful. Read More
By Guest Blogger Suzy Fielders
With the new year beginning, we thought it would be a good time to start fresh with the dreaded homework routine. Homework time does not have to be something children and parents fear every night. These simple tips can help the whole family in getting homework done painlessly.
Ideally it is best to set aside time each day or week (time dependent on the grade level & amount of homework given) in a quiet setting. However, in most families now-a-days this is next to impossible to accomplish. So here are some ‘real world’ tips to accommodate for those with busy schedules. Read More
By Connie Mikesell, current parent and admission specialist at Greensboro Day School
Art, science, music, technology, foreign language – schools today are often specializing in these areas to draw families to their programs. At 5-years-old, it is difficult to tell what your child's strengths, interests or passions will become. Yet, parents are being asked to make a choice for their children very early in their lives. The quiet, shy five-year-old boy who chooses to hide behind his mother’s leg may still grow to become a famous actor. The five-year-old girl who doesn't want to touch a ladybug may grow to become a famous entomologist. All they need is to be inspired! So why choose one, when you can have it all?
Greensboro Day School offers its students opportunities in a variety of areas, from hands-on science instruction to performing and visual arts to developmentally appropriate technology programs. Have your child experience the many opportunities that Greensboro Day School can offer every student. Read More
By Guest Blogger Jennifer Aceves, Head of Upper Division, Noble Academy
Thanks to Triad Moms on Main readers for helping us celebrate Learning Disabilities Awareness Month during the month of October! We had a great turnout at our Walk ‘n Wag event on October 20 and are continuing to celebrate our 25th Anniversary with several upcoming events.
Are you interested in an in-depth look at how we transform struggling students into successful learners? Then keep reading to see what we have planned... Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
Should you let your child skip school to head to the beach? How about a week at Disney? What about just a Friday here or there to go out of town with some friends? Or what about skipping school to visit the annual local fair? How about skipping to attend a sporting event?
Let's rule out sickness and funerals and focus on the optional reasons you may let your children miss school. I would love to hear your opinions on this matter today. Obviously a big factor in these decisions will be the ages of your children, so be sure to weigh in on that as well.
Prior to starting this website, I was an Elementary School teacher and taught grades 1st, 3rd and 5th. I'd love to share some thoughts from my personal point of view as a teacher and then as a parent, just to get the conversation started. Read More
By Gillian Goodman, Lower School Director at Greensboro Day School
Children are curious and excited about learning. At Greensboro Day School, we work hard to foster this excitement every day. We believe that learning is about questioning, exploring, collaborating, serving others and having fun. It is about building solid relationships with caring adults who know and appreciate children for their special learning styles and interests.
Are you ready to make this kind of difference in your child’s life? Join us for dinner and an open house on October 25 at 6:00 p.m. Call 288-8590 to reserve a spot.
At Greensboro Day School, you can expect: Read More
By Guest Blogger Jennifer Aceves, Head of Upper Division, Noble Academy
Tim Tebow...Whoopi Goldberg...Adam Levine...Woodrow Wilson...Orlando Bloom...Tom Cruise...Keira Knightley...Michael Phelps...Erin Brockovich...Anderson Cooper...certainly you know these names, but what do they all have in common, besides their fame? How about Michelle Blowers, Sonja Bridges, and Benjamin Foss? Maybe you don’t know these names, but all of these people are successful individuals whose lives are impacted by a learning disability.
October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. Keep reading to find out all the wonderful things Noble Academy is doing to prepare its students while meeting the growing needs of our community. At the end of this post are details on two events Noble Academy is hosting: one is an event to raise awareness of learning disabilities, and the another is designed to showcase its students and local artists. We look forward to seeing you there! Read More
By Guest Blogger Kim McClure of the YMCA of Northwest NC
Why is before and after school important for kids?
From tutoring and the enrichment activities to stimulate the mind to physical activity to improve health, after school programs are an extension of the school day that give kids a sense of the world around them and the role they can play in that world. For some parents, before and after school is a necessity. We work to make sure Y programs are a safe place to go after school that is convenient and affordable. Experts say the hours between 3-6 p.m. on school days are known as the “danger zone” when kids left to care for themselves can get into trouble and get involved in risky behavior. Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
Ready or not, school days are here! Did you have a child start high school this year? Did you send your first child off to kindergarten? Are you nervous about a child in Middle School? Are you homeschooling for the first time? Will your child start preschool next week? Does your child have a learning disability? Are you worried about homework or bullying?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, TMoM has a blog that will give you advice, resources, or some hope! We have an entire category on this website dedicated to Education. (Look along the top of the website and you will see all the categories.) You can click on the word, or on the red schoolhouse on our homepage to see all of our sub-cats in the Education category. Scroll through your respective sub-cat at any time to find blogs that are helpful to you! If you click on the yellow sun you will see the blogs we featured over the past two weeks all about school! In addition, I have listed some of our favorite blogs we ran in the past below. Read More
By Mark A. Pashayan, MD, Wake Forest Baptist Health Brenner Children’s Hospital Pediatrics – Clemmons
As you probably know by now, all North Carolina schoolchildren entering sixth grade must be up-to-date on the Tdap booster vaccine. The Tdap vaccine protects against whooping cough (also known as pertussis) in addition to tetanus and diphtheria.
Tdap vaccination is particularly critical right now as several counties in the Triad area are experiencing a whooping cough outbreak. In fact, earlier this month a 2-month-old Forsyth County infant died from the illness.
Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection that causes severe coughing attacks. While a few weeks of excessive coughing may be the worst of it for teens, the illness is much more problematic for young children, particularly infants, in whom the illness can lead to hospitalization or death. This is because babies haven’t yet received enough booster shots to fully protect them from the illness. If an outbreak pops up, older kids, and sometimes adults, can bring the infection home with them. Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
It wasn't long ago that I swore I would never put my child on a school bus. Then came the sale of our house and the purchase of a new one. And with the new house came a great school zone, the convenience of a bus stop steps from our home, the freedom from early morning drives (and pick-ups during my son’s nap time), and one very excited little Kindergartner. So, I caved. And I have to admit, it’s been a really nice perk to have what is practically a door-to-door service at my disposal for free.
Yet, I still can’t ignore the concerns (see list below) that nagged me. Those nags coupled with comments from other parents who also swore against the bus. They have said things like, “I can’t believe you’re letting her take the bus. I remember what it was like when I rode the bus, and I don’t want my child exposed to that.” Not to mention the things I’ve heard my daughter repeat since riding the bus. So, does the convenience of this free bus service come with a cost, or am I being crazy? Read More
By Rachel Hoeing and Guest Blogger Amy Beveridge
School days are just around the corner!
Most school systems in our area will be hosting Open Houses during the next two weeks. Even most preschools will have a “meet the teacher” day. Since I taught in the school system for a number of years, I have written a few words of advice to parents as they head out for the Open House nights. I also enlisted the help of my friend Amy to give you some pointers on the Middle School and High School Open House evenings.
Be sure to check our Education category for other useful “Back-to-School” posts that can help you no matter what stage of schooling your child is getting ready for. If you have additional tips to share about Open House, please add them at the bottom of this post. Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
"It's the most wonderful time of the year!" It is time for the kiddies to head back to school. If you are like me you start out the school year full-steam ahead with a plan for great success. It lasts about a month and then you are back in the rut of arguing over homework, trying to figure out meals and lunches, running late for the bus, etc.
But alas, as always I will put my best foot forward and see how long it will last this time. If you are up early today, tune into Fox 8 Morning News as I share these tips live with Shannon Smith in the Mommy Matters segment. We hope some of these ideas will start your year off right and we also encourage you to share some of your own tips by commenting below! Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
By now most of you have probably seen this heinous video that's been making lots of headlines. But if you haven't - I warn you - it's extremely disturbing. It depicts a 68-year-old grandmother in Rochester, NY, being verbally harassed by middle school boys on a school bus where she was employed as a safety monitor. The video prompted so much outrage that thousands of supporters have teamed up to raise more than $600,000 for this woman to put towards a vacation and possible retirement.
This video touches on so many parenting topics, as well as a topic we usually do not hear much about. And that's elder bullying. Bullying doesn't just happen to our kids. It happens to adults - many of whom are teachers or others in positions of authority. Several major news networks have aired this video and interviewed parents on their reaction. So today, we want to hear what TMoM readers think! Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
School may be out for the summer, but I'm betting many of you are already thinking ahead to the next school year. Maybe we're getting ready to send a child to a new school. Or maybe we're just curious about what the next grade will be like for our child. Or maybe some of us are busy preparing a child for what we know will be a challenging year because that child will be starting - or continuing - in a program program like AG (Academically Gifted), HAG (Highly Academically Gifted), or something similar.
With that in mind, I thought it would be interesting to get reader feedback about how you feel regarding an AG education. So here goes… Read More
By Guest Blogger Jennifer Lockert
As a teacher of young children a common question I get is, "How do I get my child reading over the summer?" All children desire and need a break from the routine and demands of the school year, but teachers will tell you that children who participate in reading activities over the break have an easier transition in the fall. So how can families balance their summer activities and schedules with reading? Easy! Just make a game plan that suits your child's interests and your family's agenda. Read More
Sponsored by Brenner Children's Hospital
Middle schoolers from Forsyth County are invited to participate in Brenner Children's Hospital's Young Author Contest where they compete to author an original book featuring fun facts about Winston-Salem while using all the letters of the alphabet. The book will be appropriately titled Winston-Salem From A to Z. Illustrated by patients from Brenner Children's Hospital, the book will be professionally designed, published, and distributed - with proceeds benefiting Brenner Children's Hospital. More information on the project can be found by visiting www.booksbykids.com/winston-salem, and by reviewing the promotional flyer below. Good luck! Read More
By Guest Blogger Bonnie McDaniel, FCA Administrator
Have you ever done the math? The average, full-time student attends class 7 hours a day, 5 days a week for 45 weeks a year. Annually, that is 1,575 hours your school-aged child is sitting in front of or interacting with adults who become their role models and who influence the way they see the world. Realizing that fact should make us, as parents, more conscientious of who is standing in front our children.
First Christian Academy’s teaching staff is comprised of strong Christians modeling and teaching not only quality Christian education but also a strong Biblical worldview built on Christian values and character for students ranging from age 2 through 12th grade.
As Administrator of the Academy, I could list the facts about our school and about all of the wonderful programs we have but you would know I am biased. Instead, I would like you to read for yourselves what our families are saying about FCA. Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
You know you have a problem when your seven-year-old daughter gives up the Ipad for Lent. It was her decision and she's really proud of it. We would have been just as happy if she gave up candy or bickering with her brother. But no - her form of penitence is letting go of the addiction she has developed to the family Ipad (actually it was a birthday gift to me last year but who's counting?) - and the millions of little colorful apps that have exploded over the screen in the last few months. Read More
By Guest Blogger,
Director of Auxiliary Programs
Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about Summer Camp. Keeping children active and engaged, with enough downtime to enjoy Summer is a delicate balancing act for parents. At Summit School, we’ve hosted Summer camps for 22 years, which has taught us a bit about what parents and children can gain from a camp experience.
Summer camps are one way to help kids develop their islands of competence, a concept identified by Dr. Robert Brooks of Harvard Medical School’s faculty. This is a place where a child can feel comfortable, skillful and confident. Once a child has such a place, he can retreat to his island of competence when he feels challenged and recharge. Once a child develops an island of competence, and has made it work for him, he can generalize the sense of confidence he gains to other situations. You can read more about resilience in our head of school’s blog Peak Experiences. Read More
By Guest Blogger, Andrea Randolph
Legs must be shaved, unibrow separated, hair flat-ironed, and tight jeans squeezed into—and I am screaming inside my head, “Not all at once, slow down!” She is only eleven years old--this kind, responsible, smart, beautiful, thoughtful, and funny daughter of mine, but she is a tween, and she is trying to move into adulthood at the speed of light.
Granted, her body has changed drastically in the last few months. She wears a bra, gets occasional face breakouts, and started her period. These ARE rights of passage, and I am trying to celebrate them.
Drama and tensions are high in our household these days. Suddenly, she is moody and sometimes disrespectful, and she goes in her room and CLOSES THE DOOR!! I embarrass her. She rolls her eyes. She is not interested in running around outside with the neighborhood kids as often. I remember acting this way as a TEENAGER, but this seems early. This makes me wonder…Why are kids growing up faster these days? Is it a survival of the species thing? Global warming? Do they know something we don’t? Read More
By Guest Bloggers Jennifer Long, M.S., S.S.P. with Angela Smith, M.A., C.A.S
I promise no one grows up dreaming of being a school psychologist. Well, maybe the children of school psychologists do, but I doubt it. I know I certainly didn’t. Something about a car so full of test kits that you can’t fit your groceries in it doesn’t scream “dream job,” but somehow it is. Last week we celebrated School Psychology Awareness Week and it seems like a fitting time to reflect on the unique skills and aspects of this job. Read More
By Guest Blogger William W. Sloan, Jr., Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
A well-educated, articulate couple sat there on the couch in front of me. He was a successful businessman. She was a teacher skilled at connecting with students. But now they were stuck. Their 9-year-old third grader, David, was refusing to do his homework. On the occasional nights when they could cajole him into doing it, he exerted so little effort that the product was sloppy and careless.
David’s dad was fed up with the tension the homework battles created in their home. He was ready to bring out the belt, that option of last resort in a father’s arsenal of solutions. David’s mom was equally fed up, although she viewed the belt solution as antiquated at best and harmful at worst. But she readily conceded that her pleading with David to put more effort into his homework wasn’t working, either. These parents had decided, reluctantly, that maybe their son was just lazy. Read More
By Guest Blogger, Jill Jones, Director of Advancement at Canterbury School
Canterbury School is an independent K-8 Episcopal day school comprised of children, staff and parents with a vision and a mission in scholarship and service. Canterbury seeks to educate the whole-child by extending its program beyond the purely academic to provide an educational experience that nourishes the mind, body, and spirit. Canterbury believes that a complete education must combine the academic and spiritual dimensions. The mission of Canterbury School is to develop the whole child by challenging the mind and nourishing the spirit in a diverse community guided by Judeo-Christian values.
Canterbury is hosting a Kindergarten Open House this Thursday, October 20th from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. beginning in Phillips Chapel. Canterbury welcomes parents to visit campus, meet teachers, students, staff, and Canterbury parents. Come take a walk on the nature trail, visit our Outdoor Education Center, and learn more about our amazing academics. Read More
Sponsored by Westchester Country Day School
From the moment we first lay eyes on our children, we see unlimited potential in them. As parents, our job is to provide them with every opportunity to excel: to inspire them to be the best they can be; to help them recognize and achieve the potential that lies within them.
But that can be difficult in many of today’s schools.
At Westchester Country Day School, we develop in children an enthusiasm for learning that leads to elevated academic performance and the achievement of their full potential. We think that children deserve a classroom environment in which they feel eager to engage and contribute. When students view learning as a joyful, lifelong process, they will grow and blossom as people, as intellectuals, as professionals, and one day, as parents themselves. Read More
By Renee Colclough Hinson, Ph.D., and Barbara Potts, Ph.D., Staff Psychologists at Trinity Center
As parents, we all want the best for our children, and we may be wondering if we are doing everything possible to provide the best educational opportunities in the right environment. Perhaps a teacher or school counselor has raised a concern about a struggle your child is experiencing with learning a certain concept. Perhaps educational testing at your child’s school has revealed a learning issue, and you want to take the next step. Or as a parent, you may feel that something is not “quite right” about your child’s learning situation. Trust your instincts. You may be the best person to help identify what learning vulnerabilities or gifts a child may have.
Have you or any of your friends experienced this common scenario? Read More
Sponsored by the Community Music School of UNC School of the Arts; written by Jennifer Alexandra Johnston, director
As everyone gets settled into their school routine this year, it is hard not to notice the effect budget cuts are having on art and music programs in the schools. As a parent, you may be wondering what effect this will have on your child and looking for ways to enrich your child’s educational and life experiences.
Art should not be optional. As a music educator, I know that music is for life. You are always growing, learning new things and gaining new experiences through music and other arts media. It has been proven that exposure to art and music at a young age stimulates intelligent thought, better discipline and builds a more well-rounded person. Music lessons — whether they are instrumental or voice — are exciting, educational and necessary to brain development — learning music engages both sides of the brain. Read More
By Guest Blogger, Anonymous
Over the weekend, I went to my friend’s daughter’s dance competition. The talk turned to girl drama between her daughter, “Hannah,” and her best friend, “Michaela.” According to Hannah's mom, the girls are drifting apart. Apparently, Michaela wants to collect as many other friends as possible—the “quantity, not quality” approach. Michaela is starting to ignore Hannah when other, “cooler” girls are around, and Hannah is pretty bummed.
Boy, did that conversation bring back memories. My best friend in elementary school just knew how to be cooler than I did, and by 7th grade, she didn’t want goofy me tagging along. I did not handle the situation well at all. I remember lots of tears, feeling abandoned, and a complete lack of insight about how to make things better or find new friends. My parents were both at a loss; even as they felt my pain, I am sure they wondered how a high school quarterback and a homecoming queen produced this awkward offspring. Read More
Sponsored by Caldwell Academy
Have you longed for your child to have a more systematic and values-centered education? As a classical, Christian K-12 community school, Caldwell Academy in Greensboro offers parents in the Triad a unique, but well-established model, utilizing systematic, language-focused study that stresses mastery over concepts. Classical education teaches children the proper use of the tools of learning in order to equip them as self-directed thinkers and learners. In contrast to progressive education, which focuses on individual subjects, classical education is a systematic study, integrating English and history, language and theology, science, math and ethics. This integration enables students to easily make connections between ideas and develop a more complete picture of the world. A classical education is a true liberal arts education (from the Latin liber. “to free”) setting students free to contemplate great ideas. Read More
Sponsored by the YMCA of Northwest NC
It is hot, hot, hot and hard to believe that back to school is just around the corner. Before you know it the lazy days of summer will be replaced with the hustle and bustle of new teachers, open houses, back to school shopping and more!
Many kids in our community don’t get to experience the thrill of back to school shopping. The Y is partnering with other local nonprofits to help supply much-needed backpacks and other school supplies to children. You can help make back to school special by visiting your local Y with a new backpack to donate.
For new members who make a donation now through August 18, the Y will offer $49 off your joining fee. Joining fees vary by branch, age and whether the membership includes other family members. Membership at the Y provides access to a wide range of activities that support youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, as well as the opportunity to strengthen our community. Read More
By Guest Blogger, Kristen Daukas, author of www.fourhensandarooster.com
You never know exactly when it happens. It just does. From the day she started school, your daughter has always had a big circle of friends and plenty of play dates. Then, one day it just seems that she doesn’t want to be around the friends she’s had since kindergarten or you notice the invitations seemingly dry up.
You rack your brain trying to figure it out - put your finger on “what” or “when” things changed. How can you change this? What can you do? What is going on?
There’s a good chance it’s the arrival of the Mean Girls. For many of us, this is the first real wake up call that the sweet, fun and games and innocence of childhood are truly short lived. You’re at a loss. Where are those happy, giggly, fun little girls who would play for hours on end? Hosting sleep over after sleep over and swear their un-dying love for each other with the promise of being eternal BFFs? Read More
By Guest Blogger, Caren Grice
It became abundantly clear to me, about a month into my daughter’s kindergarten year, that her first precious year of formal education had changed dramatically in the three short years since my son had started kindergarten. While my husband, myself and her preschool teachers thought she was “ready”, at 5 ½ years old, she was not prepared for the expectations that were waiting for her. While she adjusted well as the months progressed, I had to wonder, what will each year bring and how will this affect her? This clearly sparked discussion and interest in so many of my friends, with children of all ages and it become abundantly clear that this is an epidemic of sorts, facing children of all ages, dangerously leading some to detachment, stress and sometimes depression, potentially leaving our children ill-prepared for their futures.
Race to Nowhere is a documentary produced by Vicki Abeles, a mother of three and ex-Wall Street lawyer who, after seeing the toll academic pressures were taking on her children, started a dialogue that comes to life in this film. Race to Nowhere features stories of children across the country who, heartbreakingly, face the struggles and pressures of an education system and social parameters that seem to be caught in the “quantity vs. quality” and “one size fits all” mentality. These children are pressured by parents (yes, parents), colleges and our government to learn more and do more, which potentially results in cheating (that one surprised me), depression and stress-related illnesses and more. Add to that social pressures and the combination is a weight I’m not sure I am prepared to carry. The testimonies of these children shocked me – I truly was not aware. Read More
By Joyce G. Henson, Interim Head of Forsyth Country Day School
It’s an all-too-familiar story: when the state seeks to slash budgets, it looks invariably to our schools. Teachers are laid off, class sizes increase, and programs judged “unnecessary” are eliminated or drastically reduced.
Unlike the public schools, however, Forsyth Country Day School has choices, and we make those choices with the best interests of our students in junior pre-k through twelfth grade and their families in mind. The best interests of our children are served by our rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, which includes an impressive array of Advanced Placement and Honors courses, a rich tapestry of visual and performing arts, foreign languages including Spanish, French, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, and American Sign Language, technology, and physical education. Read More
By Guest Blogger, Kristen Ring, Director of the Multisensory Academy of Practitioners at Forsyth Country Day School
Have you ever heard anyone say, “My children are all EXACTLY the same”? Aside from it being creepy in a Brave New World kind of way, it is also simply a ludicrous thought. I have three children who are wonderfully unique. There are days when I am astounded by how incredibly dissimilar they are. Naturally, they will have varying needs throughout many aspects of life, and we as parents are charged with finding the best means of meeting those needs. Determining the appropriate school choice and charting an individualized plan for each child within that school can be a daunting task for many parents. Some question if it is even feasible. I assure you, with some thoughtful planning, it is. Read More
Sponsored by Guilford County Schools; written by Haley Miller, Guilford Parent Academy Coordinator
In February 2009, one month after Guilford County Schools Superintendent Mo Green launched his strategic plan, I received an e-mail from my boss. I had been named the project team leader for one of the major initiatives outlined in the plan—start a parent university.
Of course, I was a little stressed out first. My husband and I were hoping to start a family of our own soon, and this was a major project that would require a lot of attention, including extra hours beyond the traditional workday. Read More
Sponsored by Triad Academy, written by Carrie W. Malloy, Director, Triad Academy
A child comes home from school each day frustrated that he can’t keep up. He’s not able to participate in class and bursts into tears during homework time. He is becoming socially withdrawn from his peers and his self- esteem is deteriorating. These may be signs that your child is struggling with a language- based learning disability like dyslexia. Today 40% of American children have difficulty in reading or learning to read. Three quarters of students who read poorly in third grade will be poor readers in high school. It’s important to pay attention to these queues and act upon them right away. Read More
Submitted By Stacy Calfo, Director of Communications, Public Relations & Marketing at Greensboro Day School
Our Children & The iGeneration
"As the pace of technological change accelerates, mini-generations are defined by their distinctive patterns of media use, levels of multitasking, and preferred methods of communication. Among these mini-generations, differences are also being found in their values as well as levels of social and political activism. We have seen a rapid emergence of two mini-generations, and maybe even a third. There is the young adult Net Geners (born between 1980 and 1989) followed by teen iGeners (born from 1990 to 1999), and the first generation born in the 21st century, yet unnamed and still too young to fully define.” - Nieman Reports (Harvard University) on Mini-Generations.
Greensboro Day School will host Dr. Larry Rosen, author of Me, MySpace, and I: Parenting the Net Generation and Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way They Learn, on February 2 at 7:00 p.m. The discussion will be held in the Sloan Theatre in the GDS Center for the Arts on the Greensboro Day School campus. Admission is complimentary and open to the public. Read More
By Guest Bloggers Devon Davis, Summit Upper School counselor, and Bekah Sidden, Summit Lower School counselor
Counselors Devon Davis and Bekah Sidden teamed up recently to present “Raising Resilient Children: Helping Our Kids Achieve Their Goals in the Face of Life’s Obstacles.” They spoke as part of Summit School's Inspiring Learning Series. Devon and Bekah’s guest post below is based on that presentation.
What, me worry? Parents, by definition, worry. Am I doing too much? Can my child handle that situation without me? How can I raise my child to weather the ups and downs of life?
While the often-wished-for parent manual has yet to be written, there are steps parents can take to raise resilient children. Read More
By Brandy Hall, Director of Development & Marketing, Children's Museum of Winston-Salem
When school is out, the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem is open! The museum is open to members only on Mondays from 9-12 (with the exception of WSFCS holidays or workdays, then it's open to everyone), Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 4pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm, and on Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm. The museum will be closed on Christmas Day, and is closed the first Monday of every month. (See full schedule below). Note: Due to inclement weather, the museum will open today at 10 am.
Come see what’s shiny and new with us this holiday season! Read More
By Amber O'Neal, guest blogger for Triangle Moms on Main
Earlier this fall, I attended a Cyber Dangers seminar at Ravenscroft and wanted to share some of the information that was presented.
Katie Koestner is a national child safety & wellness expert. (If the name rings a bell, Katie was the first date rape victim to speak publicly about what happened to her.) She travels the US talking to kids and parents about technology today and how it affects our kids. Most importantly: Katie describes the footprint kids leave with anything they put on the internet (or we as parents put on any social media web site). This information can forever be traced, tracked and retrieved, and may be used against them. Kids do not realize that the cell phone pictures or videos that are put on the internet will forever be property of the internet! Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
So you want to do something fun with your kids, and life seems to always get in the way. Homework, sports, meetings, cleaning, dinner, work, etc. Make a promise to yourself that you will do something fun and different with your kids this coming week! I am sure you have guessed that I have an idea in mind for you! This is a show that the entire family, including kids of any age can enjoy. What is it? Doktor Kaboom! One of our favorite museums, SciWorks, is bringing Doktor Kaboom! to the Reynolds Auditorium in Winston-Salem. Read More
By Guest Blogger Michelle Bostian, LCSW
Lower School Counselor for Greensboro Day School
Bullying today is just not what it used to be ... We are always hearing that these days. “Well, when I was a kid we had to walk to school in the snow!” The same applies to bullying. It is not the tyranny of the big mean boy who steals lunch money. It’s the otherwise sweet girl that shares her candy with all the girls she likes in front of that one girl that she doesn’t. It’s the special clubs and exclusionary occurrences on the playground day after day. Sure, there are still instances of name calling and deliberate tripping. But now there are obvious and malicious emails intended to haunt and dominate. Today, the bullying we need to target and prevent with our children is the subtle, the covert and the as yet, uncensored. Read More
By Guest Blogger
Michelle Bostian, LCSW
Lower School Counselor for Greensboro Day School
Feeling uncomfortable about being separate from mom and dad, or “separation anxiety” is most commonly thought to be something that impacts preschool children and kindergarten age. It does, but also common is the onset around 4th grade. It catches parents off guard because they think they are done with this sort of thing. Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
If you have never heard the term EOG, you are lucky. For the rest of us, it is a term that can quickly equate to stress! EOG stands for End-of-Grade Test. This test is given in all public schools in NC to 3rd - 8th, graders. (Highschoolers take the EOQ’s). The EOG test is designed to measure students’ performance on the goals of the Standard Course of Study. Students are tested in Math, Reading, and/or Science, depending on their grade level. To pass the test, a student must score a 3 or a 4. If a student scores a 1 or a 2, it can mean summer school, or a remediation class with one more chance to try and pass it again. Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
Where else can you book a birthday party in the Triad that lets you get face-to-face with river otters, travel the solar system, dance on a gigantic floor piano, and walk inside a 20 ft. tree? At SciWorks, of course! You are sure to please everyone at this hands-on discovery museum in Winston-Salem. Not only is it a unique venue for a party but it also offers one of the best party values in the Triad. Read More
By Guest Blogger Suzanne Davis Campbell, Summit School, Class of
Summit is like family, and for me the beginning of this school year is like returning home for a family reunion. When I walked through the door on that first day of Junior Kindergarten my stomach had butterflies…What is it going to be like? Will it be fun? What will the teachers be like? This time, though, the experience was not for me, but for my little girl entering the same doors I had 28 years ago for my first day of Junior Kindergarten. You know the feeling…starting school, graduation, a presentation…all of these things give us butterflies. But once I got through those doors I remembered my days at Summit as a young student and I sighed with relief. Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
I just saw the movie The Lovely Bones, and even though it’s been years since reading the book, I cried just the same. The story begins with the murder (and implied rape) of a young girl who, for the rest of the story, narrates her experiences from Heaven as she and her family seek revenge. It’s a tough story – both to watch and to read – but it sheds light on an important and harrowing lesson all parents must somehow communicate and confront with their children. I think the scariest part is knowing Susie Salmon, the main character in the story, is 14-years-old (an age when you’d think she’d know better than to get in such a situation) and was lured by her neighbor (not necessarily a “stranger”) into a remote place where the crime was committed. Read More