Posts Tagged ‘School’

Member Musings: Greening Your School

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Launched on Earth Day 2010 by four moms who wanted a better world for their children, Grades of Green is a California nonprofit that aims to make environmental protection second nature in young minds. Their website offers free instruction to inspire and empower students

Member Musings: First Grade

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First Grade, how did you get here so fast? I knew you would arrive eventually, and I admit that I was secretly impatient about the fact that you might have been taking too long to get here…at times. But, now you’re here and though I’m glad, I’m also feeling the bittersweet pain of what it […]

6 Tips for Getting Started Homeschooling

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It’s September, and for some of you this is a time to consider the homeschooling option, in addition to public and private school possibilities, to see which educational choice best fits your family. Perhaps your kids are very young, but you are delaying preschool and gathering more information about homeschooling. Or perhaps your kids are […]

6 Tips to Prepare for Kindergarten

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What guidelines at home will help your child be ready to learn at school? Ask yourself: Do I know the daily routines kids need, including how much sleep and exercise she needs? What are the best ways for her to spend her time after her day in kindergarten?

Evaluation Checklist for Early Childhood Programs

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This comprehensive checklist should help you evaluate the quality of any preschool or childcare program that you are considering for your child. Some of these criteria will be obvious as you observe, and some of them you will need to ask the director or a teacher about. These are good guidelines to look for, but the most […]

Choosing the Best Early Childhood Education Program

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The results are in: children who participate in quality preschool programs do better academically, professionally, and personally. A strong preschool program focuses on learning and development, teaching academics as well as critical social and emotional skills. The PAMP Preschool Fair on November 3rd will help you navigate through this important decision. 

Five Ways to Keep Lice Out of Your Life

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When I found my daughter Sierra scratching and scratching one holiday season, I thought she just had dry scalp from the  winter air. On Christmas Eve, I looked a little closer and was horrified to discover little critters crawling everywhere. I was about to receive an unwanted Christmas gift – a house full of lice. […]

Addressing and Overcoming School Anxiety

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 It’s become a morning ritual, one you’d rather not keep.  You wake your child for school, and immediately he or she begins complaining of feeling sick.  As the time to leave gets closer, your child’s symptoms become more intense … finally, you agree that he or she should stay home today.  Within hours, your child […]

Getting Ready for School

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Summers always go by quickly, so it is not too early to begin planning for your children’s return to school. Here are some ideas. Getting on Schedule If possible, transition your kids slowly from their summer schedule to their school hours and routines. One week before school starts, have your kids go to bed and […]

Finding Our Way to Homeschooling

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When my children were younger, I invested a considerable amount of energy into finding the best elementary school I could for them. At times this endeavor felt like a full-time job. In addition to the usual concerns over private vs. public school, educational philosophies and tuition costs, I had a persistent, nagging sense that our […]

How to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten and Beyond

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Not too long ago, before I was a parent, I was a Palo Alto Unified School District kindergarten teacher. One day, I opened an email from a neighborhood parent that shaped my perspective in life both as a teacher and a parent. This mother emailed every kindergarten teacher in the district wanting to know, “How can […]

Best of the Forum: Preschool, Young Fives or Kinder?


Editor’s Note: Please keep in mind that kindergarten age requirements in California are in flux. This article highlights a PAMP forum discussion regarding kindergarten decisions for the current school year, when a child had to be age 5 by Nov. 1, 2012 to enroll. However, for the 2013–14 academic year, a child must be 5 […]

Navigating the Road to Reading Readiness

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The people of Silicon Valley are exceptional. Few places on planet earth enjoy such a high concentration of intelligent, high-achieving and successful individuals (stay-at-home-moms absolutely included). Geographically speaking, this is a speck of a place, yet our collective accomplishments loom large. Will our children carry the same torch of excellence? The tension among area parents […]

Prepare for the PAMP Preschool Fair

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Are you looking for a preschool for your child? The upcoming PAMP Preschool Fair (Nov. 3) is a great way to learn about the many early childhood education options available in our community. The variety of choices presented at the fair can be overwhelming, so it’s a good idea to come prepared. Here are some […]

How to Choose the Right Preschool for Your Child

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Zachary is a sweet and lovable 4-year-old boy who is often timid around others. He’s generally happy, but he is easily overwhelmed and can become upset in noisy environments. After enrolling Zachary in the same preschool his sister attended and seeing him struggle, his parents wondered what they should do. What options should they consider? […]