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Education News and Notes

By Anat Tour

September 4, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Staying up, sleeping in! Driving your kids to play dates, going to the beach, day camps, sleep away camps, Disneyland, Sea World, Ah…all that fun and now it’s back to school. In this month’s column, read about the top 10 tips for going back to school.

Parents: Does your child buy lunch at school? Expect long lunch lines on the first week (I am packing lunch for the first few days). Read about lunch menu ideas.

In addition, here are my picks for this month’s top stories of interest to local students, teachers, and parents.

Top 10 Tips For Going Back To School

• 5 Ways To Help Your Child Prevent Bullying This School Year

• Breakfast Ideas For School Success

• School Lunch Menu Ideas

• The 6 Steps Juniors Need To Be Taking Right Now

• Boys And Girls Learn Differently

• Grades And Test Scores Aren’t Enough

• Everything You Heard About Failing Schools Is Wrong

• The Battle Over Homework

• Early Intervention For Children With Reading Difficulties

• County Students Continue to Make Gains on California Standards Tests

Top 10 Tips for Going Back to School

When we talk to our kids, they typically are not worried about the next batch of teachers, but they say they are reluctant to return to school because of all the “homework” and “hard work.” They are, in effect, worried about the “expectations” and measuring up. Upon further review, our kids, like most, miss their friends and are excited at the overall idea of going back to school, but the end of summer, memories of late nights doing homework with a parent looking over their shoulder, and getting up early can make even the most optimistic child shiver.

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5 Ways to Help Your Child Prevent Bullying This School Year

As children head back to the classroom, now is a great time for parents and guardians to talk with their kids about bullying. Here are five tips to help your child prevent bullying and to help them deal with it:

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Breakfast Ideas for School Success

A healthy breakfast lets kids do their best in school. Try these ideas to help children get the nutrition they need in the morning.

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School Lunch Menu Ideas

If you commonly open your child’s lunch box after school only to find half of its contents untouched, don’t despair. Yes, you can find a sack lunch that your kids will like and that’s healthy, too—even if they don’t know it!

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The 6 Steps Juniors Need to Be Doing Right Now

With school about to start, most people are focused on what seniors need to be doing for college admissions. But, there are 6 steps that juniors need to be preparing for as well.

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Boys and Girls Learn Differently

Not all kids fit the pattern, but boys tend to learn better when they have pictures, graphics, and physical movement to help them grasp concepts. Girls often benefit from the opportunity to talk about how to solve a problem and work with others on a solution.

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Grades and Test Scores Aren’t Enough

You have great grades and test scores. You can get admitted to any college you want, right? Sorry, college admissions aren’t that simple.

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Everything You Heard About Failing Schools Is Wrong

Attendance: Up. Dropout rates: plummeting. College acceptance: through the roof. My mind-blowing year inside a “low performing” school.

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The Battle Over Homework

For this back-to-school season, I would like to offer some advice about one of the most frequent problems presented to me.

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Early Intervention for Children with Reading Difficulties

“My child will be starting school in two weeks. I can’t believe summer is almost over. I’m beginning to worry. Ellie still has trouble reading simple words and she does not like to read. I had problems with reading at her age. I wonder if I should wait till December to have her assessed or do it right now.”

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County Students Continue to Make Gains on California Standards Tests.

In testament to the hard work of students, teachers, administrators, and parents, the number of San Diego County students demonstrating proficiency in math and English language arts on the California Standards Tests (CSTs) continues to increase this year.

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Anat Tour is a match teacher and children’s author/illustrator.

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