Author: Michael Rushbrook

The Basics: Fruits & Veggies

by Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE Summer is almost over. Goodbye to that relaxed schedule that allows for random bursts of activity at a moment’s notice and hello to that school schedule that is unyielding and routine. Ah routine— boring, yet at the same time routines can be comforting and productive. School schedules allow for a bit more routine at home and that certainly includes meal planning.  As a “seasoned” dietitian, I’ve seen lots of education materials over the years and as recently as two years ago, I came across one of my favorites thus far. It’s a...

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The Elusive Elsa

By Paige Tucker Keeping track of all my stuff has always been a full-time job for me. I’m not the best at organization. At any given time, I’m likely missing at least three things. They usually turn up, but it sure is frustrating. Add my little Julia Reynolds to the mix, and I’m now responsible for keeping up with her (got that one down thank goodness!) and HER things. You know how that works. When they’re tiny, it’s about five million items out of necessity. And now at age three, it’s her treasures. To make life interesting, each new day...

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Goals & Assessments

by Meredith Flory Reading Assessments and Goals A child’s ability to master reading at their grade level can affect their performance throughout school as textbooks, test questions, and other reading materials will increase in difficulty level in all subjects.  Often I focus on building the pre-literacy skills necessary to prepare a child for learning in the classroom, however, many parents have expressed to me that once their child was in school, knowing the terminology and assessments regarding their child’s reading level can be intimidating. The speed at which curriculum and assessments change can be daunting, even to a seasoned...

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Editor’s Page

My last child is off to high school… By Renee Williams   Back to school season is upon us and I’m bracing for impact. Our home is filled with excitement, anticipation and a wee bit of nervousness. This year is bittersweet for me as my youngest son Dylan will begin his freshman year of high school. Wow! My last child is off to high school and I’m not really sure how that happened. Today, as I look at his 5’10” frame, I recall his first day of school and how I watched him walk off and wondered if he...

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Homework: To Help or Not to Help

By Cammie Jones When it comes to homework at my house, it can set the tone (good or bad) for the afternoon during the school year.  The kids come home after a long day at school, usually have a snack and then dive right in.  I’ve always grappled with how much to help them.  How much should I be helping (if at all) and at what point do I let them sink or swim? Give your child autonomy Erika A. Patell, assistant professor of educational psychology in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin, says...

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