Ways to Encourage Your Child's Mathematical Thinking

Do you want to encourage your child’s mathematical thinking and help them keep their skills sharp, but you don’t want to sound like you’re nagging them or giving them homework? Math practice doesn’t always have to mean sitting down...

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Talking to Children about Digital Citizenship and Online Safety

We teach children in Kindergarten through 8th grade about the joys (and responsibilities) of using technology, because as helpful and enjoyable as technology can be, there are some risks that accompany this ever-changing field. We...

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Books for Young Children about Identity, Social Justice, and Activism

Teachers of young children at Lowell know how vital it is to help children as they develop their identities, experience people’s many differences, and learn to form caring friendships and communities. One of the many ways they dive...

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An Integrated Approach to Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning in Middle School

Recently, I decided to dig into the literature on social-emotional learning as there seems to be a concern among many parents that time and resources spent on cultivating social emotional skills in school might be at the expense of...

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The Urban Naturalist: Finding Wilderness In DC’s Urban Landscape

Living in the greater urban landscape of Washington, DC, gives us so many options for weekend activities and so many organizations and people to connect with. Monuments, world-class museums, historic sites, restaurants, clubs, and...

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Responding to Tragedy: Middle School Students and Activism

The world in which we live is a complicated place, filled with contradictions. I am distraught about the school shooting in Florida, as I know many are. I worry about the long-term effects these school shootings have on us—that...

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Creating a Homework Routine with Your Child

The idea of coming home after a long day of school should be a relief. But for many students, the hours spent after school are filled with attempts to independently tackle assigned homework, and with the brain already feeling...

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Simple Outdoor Activities to Do with Children in Winter

It’s winter, and it’s cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you and your children have to stay cooped up inside! Nor does it mean that you have to have a season pass to a ski resort or own ice skates, snow mobiles, or snowboards to...

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Dos and Don'ts of Parent Interviews

by Liz Yee

The parent interview is an important part of the private school admissions process. If your child is entering a preschool, elementary, or middle school, admissions directors rely heavily on you to get a sense of who your child is,...

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"Building Bridges" with Books: Immigration Stories to Share with Children

My mind has been on the power of immigration stories lately, in part because of current political debates, but especially because of the moving exhibit, Building Bridges: Portraits of Immigrants and Refugees, in Lowell’s Berkeley...

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