The Mom Book Goes to School: Insider Tips to Ensure Your Child Thrives in Elementary and Middle School

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 21, 2005 - Education - 382 pages
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Renowned parenting expert Stacy DeBroff offers the ultimate guide to becoming a school-savvy parent. The Mom Book Goes to School combines DeBroff's trademark pragmatic, insightful advice with the collective wisdom of hundreds of teachers and parents to offer more than 1,500 tips on school-related issues, such as:

  • Getting the attention of overworked teachers without becoming the "problem" parent
  • What to do if your child falls behind academically
  • How to end chronic battles over homework


The Mom Book Goes to School is an indispensable handbook for all parents who want to help their children thrive in school.
 

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Like DeBroff's earlier titles (e.g., The Mom Book ), her latest is filled with helpful advice and collective wisdom for parents. This time around, she aims to tackle common issues of the elementary ... Read full review

Contents

The Big Picture
1
ParentTeacher Relationship
11
Why Does Putting Up a United Front with My Childs
18
What Kind of Positive Feedback Do Teachers Care About Most?
25
Meetings and Conferences
31
How Do I Make the Most of Regularly Scheduled ParentTeacher
38
How Should I Frame a Specific Problem?
45
Managing ChildTeacher Conflict
53
How Can I Help My Daughter Deal with Cliques?
183
Parent Volunteer
187
Why Are Some Teachers Wary of Classroom Volunteers?
193
How Can I Best Become an Advocate for School Reform
199
Creating an Academically Nurturing Home Environment
205
How Can I Foster More Responsibility in My Child?
211
What If My Child Constantly Forgets Things?
217
How Can I Get My Child to Talk About His Day?
223

When Should I Consider Moving My Child to a New Class?
60
When Does It Make Strategic Sense to Involve the Principal?
66
How Can I Avoid Report Card Surprises?
74
Why Isnt My Child Working Up to His Ability?
80
Use Rewards to Motivate My Child Academically?
87
How Should I Evaluate a Learning Center?
94
How Should I React If My Child Is Caught Cheating?
101
How Do I Know If My Child Is Actually Gifted?
107
Learning Disabilities
115
Why Should I Test for Vision Problems?
121
How Can I Best Prepare for an IEP Meeting?
129
What If the Plan Moves My Child Out of the Regular Classroom?
135
Problematic Classroom Behavior Social Issues
143
How Can I Encourage My Shy Child to Participate More in Class?
150
What Can I Do to Help My Childs Social Development?
156
Who Fits the Bully Profile?
162
How Can I Intervene to Help My Child Deal with a Bully?
168
How Can I Teach My Child Not to Be a Bystander?
177
Reading
235
How Do I Choose the Best Books for My Child?
243
Homework
251
How Can I Avoid Overdoing It?
258
How Can I Keep My Child Focused and Energized During Homework?
265
How Can I Avoid Homework Battles?
273
How Can I Encourage My Child to Brainstorm Ideas for the Project?
280
Mastering Tests
287
What Should I Know About HighStakes Testing?
293
How Can I Best Help My Child Study for an Upcoming Classroom Test?
299
How Can Mnemonics Help My Child Remember Facts?
305
What About Writing Test Essays?
311
Are There Tricks to TrueFalse Questions?
314
What Are the Cons of Private School?
327
How Can I Help My Child Make the Preschool Transition?
342
Sample Letters Praising Teachers
355
Index
369
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Stacy M. DeBroff is author of "The Mom Book" and coauthor of "Mom Central: The Ultimate Family Organizer". The ultimate insider for advice, tips, and information, Stacy has won the loyalty of moms across America. She is the founder and president of MomCentral.com, a premier website for moms, and publishes the monthly "Mom Central" newsletter. Prior to becoming a parenting author, Stacy founded and directed the Office of Public Interest as a lawyer at Harvard Law School from 1990 to 1998. The mother of two young children, Stacy lives in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

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