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10 Tips for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences

iStock_000006627762XSmallAlthough the school year has just begun parent-teacher conferences are quickly approaching. One of the perpetual complaints you hear from parents and teachers when a child is struggling is a disconnect between one other. When a child is having problems in school parents tend to blame teachers and teachers blame parents, but these problems can be addresses early and remedied with the cooperation of teachers and parents.

Donna Henderson, professor of counseling at henderson1Wake Forest University, says, “A good attitude and a spirit of cooperation are the keys to successful parent-teacher conferences. Go in with an attitude of collaboration and a mindset that everybody is working toward the same goal.”

Henderson gives 10 tips on how to ensure a successful parent-teacher conference.

1. Start off on the right foot by asking teachers what excites them about teaching a particular age group or subject. Providing an opportunity for teachers to share some of their enthusiasm for what they do sets a positive tone for the discussion.

2. Parents should keep their children involved by asking them what they would like discussed with a teacher and then providing feedback after the conference. Ultimately, the child must assume responsibility for learning, while adults assume the responsibility for creating and enhancing those opportunities.
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Lauren Child’s Latest Story: Who Wants to be a Poodle?

Who Wants to Be a Poodle I Don't Who Wants to Be a Poodle I Don’t by Lauren Child

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Lauren Child is a genius children’s book author and illustrator. That is truly a rare gift in the saturated literary world, and a boon to those of us who love well-written stories our children can enjoy.

Known for her Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola series, Child ventured into another genre of storytelling with a stand-alone book about a poodle who hated being a dog that’s lavished upon. She hated the expensive dog food, puppy salon treatments, doggy manicures and the like. All she wanted to do was jump in puddles, get dirty and chase after newspapers.

Who Wants to be a Poodle? I Don’t is not only a stellar story with a relevant moral, but the illustrations are wonderfully displayed throughout as well.

My youngest daughter, who is a budding artist herself, was drawn to the embossed cover and the art inside, for the illustrations are not simply your run-of-the-mill variety. Child draws her signature illustrations, but uses fabric to decorate everything from expensive dresses and shoes to posh lampshades and opulent floor-length curtains.

Who Wants to be a Poodle? I Don’t is a must-buy for Lauren Child fans and for any parent whose child relishes beautiful and unique illustrations in a children’s book.

Candlewick Press also offers an activity kitfor the book with puzzles, games, and drawing exercises.

Ages 4-8

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Children’s Book Spotlight

Happy Sad Silly Mad: My World Makes Me Feel Happy Sad Silly Mad: My World Makes Me Feel by John E. Mitchell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Beautiful-written stories and gorgeous illustrations undoubtedly make for a wonderful children’s book. Happy Sad Silly Mad: My World Makes Me Feel is no exception. My eight-year-old enjoyed this book very much because as she said: She loved the illustrations because they are pretty and they made her feel like she was traveling and reading books.

My daughter’s favorite spread in the book is below.
She lit up when she saw it. It’s probably because she has skin and hair like the little girl on this page. My daughter also liked reading all of the feeling words from being curious about the moon to being embarrassed about burps.

From a mother’s perspective I can say Happy Sad Silly Mad is a joyful, beautiful look into children’s feelings and the activities, journeys, and adventures they enjoy. I recommend reading this story with your children during the day instead of at bedtime and allow them to soak in the bright colors and stellar illustrations. Then reinforce the emotion words the author uses to help increase your child’s vocabulary.

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