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by Debbie Reese; May 1998

Mixed-Age Grouping: What Does the Research Say, and How Can Parents Use This Information?

Parents can feel intimidated by the jargon used by teachers and school officials. Some terms may be new to those who have not spent much time in educational settings. As the school year draws to a close, some parents may find that in the coming school year, their child will be placed in a "mixed-age classroom." This article provides some basic information about mixed-age grouping and examines research on mixed-aged grouping. Finally, a list of questions is provided--questions parents can pose to prospective mixed-age group teachers or the school’s principal--about how they will address parents’ concerns.

Children and Asthma: The Goal Is Control

The news about children and asthma is both good and bad. Better treatments have banished the stereotype of the asthmatic child as frail and inactive, heavily relying on an inhaler to breathe. Children with asthma are now living active, independent lives.

How To Get Through To Your Teenager
Is your adolescent child refusing to talk to you? Does he avert his eyes or walk out of the room when you try to get his attention? If so, this is a common side effect of growing up, and will pass with time. But you will need to get through to him in the meantime, to preserve the bond between you and support him as necessary, and also for practical reasons, like finding out if he's going to be around for dinner.
Top Ten Questions To Ask Your Teen About Their Social Media Use
If you are like most parents of teenagers, you are worried about what your teens are doing online, and what they are doing on social media. It’s difficult to know what to ask your teens to keep them and their information safe.
Single parenting is challenging enough without the added stress of feeling isolated at your kid's school events. You and your kids are both exposed daily to a world where 2 parents are the norm. Even with the many changing traditions in modern societies, single parents are still in the outlying minority. Do not let this be a discouraging factor when it comes to getting involved in your child's school activities. There are some subtle ways to make life a little easier for the entire family.
Every year a new generation of children and teenagers get their own smartphone or tablet. Their parents might not have had the same technology, but it's always been true that every generation of teenagers finds a way to explore and express their developing sexuality. For some young people today, this means "sexting" -- sending or receiving sexually explicit images or messages. As a parent, you need to understand what sexting is, what the consequences could be and how to prevent it or deal with it.
Childlike drawing of a mother sitting with a male teacher in front of a classroom chalkboard during a parent-teacher conference.
Many teachers say that they don't often receive information from parents about problems at home. Many parents say that they don't know what the school expects from their children—or from them. Sharing information is essential and both teachers and parents are responsible for making it happen.
Childlike drawing of a parent bending over to hug a child in a wheelchair who has received an "A" on a paper in the parent's right hand.
You can be a great help to your child if you will observe these do's and don'ts about tests and testing
General Homework Tips for Parents
  • Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do homework.
    Avoid having your child do homework with the television on or in places with other distractions, such as people coming and going.

  • Make sure the materials your child needs, such as paper, pencils and a dictionary, are available.
    Ask your child if special materials will be needed for some projects and get them in advance.

By Patricia Clark Brown

Involving Parents in the Education of Their Children
When parents are involved in their children's education, both children and parents are likely to benefit. Researchers report that parent participation in their children's schooling frequently