Learn WITH Your Child!

Hello everyone! Hope you all find yourselves well! Today my good friend Diane Lang extends her ‘Back to School’ tips by offering all of us ideas on being active supporters and facilitators when it comes to helping our children learn!


Encouraging your child to learn

Encourage conversation – extended conversations – keep asking the children questions, show interest with non-verbal communications like smiling, nodding the head and touch. Pat their arm or shoulder while they talk.

Encourage them to describe events in detail; let them express their emotions: Example – wow, you went to a horse farm – was it fun? What did you do there? What were the horses names? Were you excited?

Add new words with their meanings every week (i.e., “Word of the week”): use repetition to keep them from forgetting. Use real life sentences/examples so they understand. Use visuals.

Read out loud to kids – story/circle time – use books with pictures – kids are visual learners, they understand new words/stories when they can connect them with pictures

Ask kids open ended questions: let them be creative, make up their own stories, rhymes, jokes, songs, etc.

Encourage children to draw and write. Let them draw a picture and then write a story underneath. Then have them read the story back to you and ask questions. This shows your child that writing is fun!

Preparing for Back to School- August 24th  12-1:30 pm  FREE Workshop

Where: Whole Foods in Madison, NJ

Join Whole Foods Market Madison and Diane Lane, MA for tips and suggestion about the best way to prepare your child for the upcoming school year.   The end of summer break means no more going to bed late, sleeping late or playing outside till dark. This is the time when kids think new classrooms, teachers and friends.  Whether your child is starting pre-school or elementary school, it can still be an anxious time for both the kids and their parents. However if you prepare your child for school you can help sooth their nerves and have a smooth transition into the school year.  A complimentary light lunch will be served to all participants. Register via email at rcm.rsvp@wholefoods.com or call customer service at 973-822-8444

Be a positive parent – read my latest article on positive parenting tips!

FREE Meet & Greet Ingrid Prueher and Diane Lang!

When: Thursday, September 15, 2011 12:30 PM

Where: Metro Minis;821 Park Avenue,New York,NY10021

Join us for more information on our Parent Prep classes. Come meet us and ask questions about any parenting topics. We look forward to meet you!

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It’s All for a Reason

Hello everyone! I know it’s been a while. Still working on getting back into a routine that involves connecting with all of you on a regular basis. When I first got into blogging I never thought I’d be writing this but…I really miss it and all of you. As always, I thank you for your patience, loyalty and support.

I do believe, however, everything happens for a reason. Hokey and cliché as that sounds, I can’t discount that tenet I hold as I watch different pieces of my life’s puzzle come together. That’s one of my favorite analogies/metaphors: considering life a 1000-piece puzzle I get to assemble without benefit of the photo on the box to show me what the finished product will look like. All I have is that multitude of pieces tossed together, and I get to fit them into a unit via trial-and-error. When enough pieces have come together, I get to step back, look at that section (from some distance) and realize what a particular section is. Oh! There’s a flower. That’s a bird, etc. Then I get to start semi-blindly fitting pieces together again until another section identifies itself.

The key is, I’ve got to be patient while I’m fitting one piece to another. Not easy, I promise. But on my life’s journey, as events fall into place and I take that step back to view how one impacted another, I get a better sense of how one episode relates to another to put me where I am today.

Here are three quick examples:

 In the long run, this one is insignificant; I’m only making a point. My son and I stopped at CVS. Of course I only meant to buy one item, had a limited amount of cash and didn’t want to use my credit card. As teens will do, he kept handing me things to buy. The last item was a lip balm that cost almost $4, but I didn’t realize it until the cashier rang it up. That put me over my cash limit so I told him to put it back. The cashier had to cash out the sale and redo it. I’ll be darned: I got a $3 coupon to use on the spot and even went home with some change. Go figure.

Second example might get me somewhere in life. I love the idea public speaking. (Remember me? I’m that kid who made microphones from ping-pong balls, aluminum foil and shoelaces, lol.)  Had a taste of presenting to an audience–and my first paycheck!–earlier this year at school, during a professional development workshop I gave with a friend/colleague. When recently, I needed to follow up for a copy of the certificate and proof of the professional development hours for my own employee file, I wound up connecting with a key person who coordinates workshops and their speakers. I put my goal as a speaker out there and guess what? I’m to stop in her office to discuss this further!

The third relates directly to my novel writing. I was waiting for word from a publisher on a given manuscript. Took four months to be told, “Doesn’t meet our needs” (again). Last time, the rejection hurt. Guess what? Part of  me wanted to be turned down. The publishing world has changed dramatically in the few years since I became part of it, and I now feel I have a clear path on the direction of my next step.

So how about you? Do you see your life events as a random series of happenings, or a chain of events that link together over time? 

Wishing all of you a wonderful day. I’ll be posting a long-promised interview to online friend and author Patricia Andres this upcoming Wednesday–looking forward to checking in with you again then!