INSIGHTS INTO EDUCATION

BELIEVE IN ME!February 2010

Believe in me, I will do my best for you.   Children who form a warm connection with their parents trust that what is demanded of them is within their abilities.   When I was ten years old, my mother set me up with a peeler and fifty pounds of potatoes. I didn’t think I Read More »

By Mrs. Miriam Zukerman

YOUR CHILD’S FIVE BASIC NEEDSDecember 2009

How to motivate your child to achieve above and beyond expectations How can we create an environment that is favorable for success? What are the factors that motivate us to work hard and accomplish? Jonathan C. Erwin, author of The Classroom of Choice: Giving Students What They Need and Getting What You Want said, “Internal Read More »

By Mrs. Miriam Zukerman

MAY I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE!August 2009

 It’s the first day of school and Lori is staring out the window while her teacher explains the Humash. Isaac is squirming, trying to concentrate, and Dave, who seems to be attentive sometimes, suddenly ‘tunes out’ at other times. These children have trouble controlling their attention, a problem that directly affects their grades. They are Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld

IN CELEBRATION OF THE SCHOOL YEARJuly 2009

Ah, summer at last. A time to relax, recharge and reflect. For many parents this means reanalyzing how we can help our children excel. But with school over, what should we focus on now? The surest way to succeed in helping our children is to build upon what they have already mastered, to continue at Read More »

By Mrs. Miriam Zukerman

TEACHING OUR CHILDREN WRITING SKILLSMay 2009

While text messaging has become popular with many of us, among kids and teens, it has virtually become a way of life. Texting is an excellent way to communicate, but is also a symptom of a greater issue facing today’s students: declining writing skills. Perhaps this weakening is a result of our fast-paced lifestyles. We Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld

IF HE’S SO SMART, WHY CAN’T HE READ?April 2009

Parent: Hi, I’m Barry’s mother. Teacher: Barry is quite a personality. Parent: How’s he doing? Teacher: As you can see – Parent: He keeps us in stitches. What a vocabulary! Do you think he’s bored? He hates doing homework. Teacher: Well, he – Parent: We were wondering whether he needs more... I don’t know, more Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld

A KING’S RANSOM TO KEEP HIM HAPPYMarch 2009

Abe was just awarded a special trip for not getting into trouble or fighting with his siblings. The prize his parents had in mind was a bike, but when that failed, they searched for something else.   Abe’s energy overwhelmed his parents. Since he was five, he needed constant stimulation to keep his behavior controlled. Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld

WHY CAN’T YOU JUST TRY HARDER?January 2009

Most of us have had the experience of losing our way and having to ask for directions. Your behavior—especially if you are late, have quarreling kids in the car and are running on an empty tank—is one that mimics attention deficit disorder (ADD). You listen as the stranger rattles off directions, desperate to get them Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld
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