Family Table Talk Tip

Your child’s behavior

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These tips come from richmondfamilymagazine.com: If your child’s behavior frequently makes you feel bothered and annoyed, leading you to constantly remind, nag, or scold them, then your child may be looking for attention — negative attention but attention nonetheless. What should you do? Step back from giving negative attention. Instead of reminding her, allow your …Read More


The Great Listen

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Get ready now to participate with StoryCorp in #TheGreatListen during Thanksgiving. While families gather for the holiday, StoryCorps is encouraging people to use its free app to interview grandparents or other elders and help capture an entire generation of American lives and experiences. This is a project for some history classes but if your child’s class …Read More


Make numbers fun and part of everyday life

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Make numbers fun and part of everyday life. While grocery shopping, allow your child to weigh the produce. Collect coins and count/roll them every week. Play counting games with Legos or Cheerios. Watch a baseball game and discuss batting averages. Quiz your children on math facts while driving together. Sort buttons or poker chips into …Read More


Lifetime Goal

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Learning is a lifetime goal, and parents can demonstrate their own appreciation of learning. “What is one thing you learned today?” is a nice question for everyone to answer at the dinner table. Ask your children daily about their school day. You don’t need to know every detail, and often kids are reluctant to share …Read More


PTRC

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The Parent-Teacher Resource Center of Chesterfield County Public Schools serves as a liaison between home and school, helping parents participate fully and effectively in their children’s educational development and helping teachers gain knowledge about diverse learners and other topics. The center’s website offers 24/7 access to resources: http://mychesterfieldschools.com/ptrc/.#TableTalk


Absences easily add up

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Excused and unexcused absences easily add up to too much time lost in the classroom. Students are at risk academically if they miss 10 percent of the school year, or about 18 days. Once too many absences have occurred, they can affect learning, regardless of whether absences are excused or unexcused. Before you know it, …Read More


Crazy mornings

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Mornings can be crazy, but @CommonwealthParenting and @CompletelyKidsRichmond have advice on stopping the madness: http://www.completelykidsrichmond.com/2015/08/back-to-school-morning-mania-how-to-stop-the-madness/ #TableTalk


Attendance Matters

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Attendance matters: #TableTalk


Join the PTA

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Join the PTA or another school organization such as band boosters. This shows your children that you value school and education and connects you with a parent network. Read more here: http://www.mlive.com/opinion/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/09/back_to_school_10_tips_for_par.html. #TableTalk


Expect the best!

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Kindergarten families, these tips are especially for you: Expect the best! Expect that your child’s teacher will work productively with you. Expect that your child will make friends and will love coming to school. Your expectations are contagious! Make sure your child’s teacher knows how your child will get home this year. Send a note …Read More


Promote your child’s success

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Parents often ask, “How can we help our children succeed in school?” Good news! There is a lot you can do to promote your child’s success in school. Check out Page 5 of this year’s student health handbook for details:http://mychesterfieldschools.com/wp-content/uploads/parents_files/CCPShealth2015.pdf #‎TableTalk


After-School Activities

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Encourage children to start thinking about which after-school activities they might be interested in trying this year. Help your child connect with other kids in his or her class by scheduling play dates for younger children and encouraging older kids to text or call classmates. This can take some of the social pressure off the …Read More


Back-to-School Ideas

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Here are back-to-school ideas: Let your children pick out a new outfit or two because feeling confident about what they are wearing can help them focus on schoolwork instead of appearance. Shop for school supplies together. Getting kids involved in the planning stages can smooth the transition to school. Talk through organizational systems and consider …Read More


Back-to-School Suggestion

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Here’s a back-to-school suggestion: Write a letter of introduction to your child’s teacher that includes your child’s strengths, challenges and strategies that have worked in the past. Casually talk with your children about the school year ahead and encourage them to express their hopes and concerns. The student profile forms from our Parent-Teacher Resource Center …Read More


Positive Parenting

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We’re positive that Chesterfield County, Virginia offers resources for families! Check out this Positive Parenting page:http://www.chesterfield.gov/parenting/. ‪#‎TableTalk‬


The Family Dinner Project

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The Family Dinner Project offers fun ideas for family meals, including interesting conversation starters like these.‪#‎TableTalk http://thefamilydinnerproject.org/


The Class of 2028

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The Class of 2028 starts kindergarten this fall. SchoolFamily.com offers this advice to help your kindergartner get ready. http://www.schoolfamily.com/school-family-articles/article/816-get-ready-for-kindergarten ‪#‎TableTalk


Advice on transitioning

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School starts Sept. 8. PBS Parents​ offers advice on transitioning from summer to school:    http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/going-to-school/back-to-school/transition/ #TableTalk


Tax-free holiday weekend is Aug. 7-9

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Virginia’s sales tax-free holiday weekend is Aug. 7-9. Click here for your child’s school supply needs: http://mychesterfieldschools.com/…/preparing-…/supply-lists/.