S.I. Parent’s Dear Teacher Column

dear teacherHave you ever wanted to pick a teacher’s brain? In Staten Island Parent’s monthly Dear Teacher column, authors and educators Peggy Gisler and Marge Eberts answer the burning questions on every parent’s mind about everything school and education-related.
Click the links below to read their recent columns.

March 2018
Are IQ Tests in Kindergarten a Good Idea?
Can Retention Help a Poor Reader?
Making a Museum Visit Educational
The Secrets to Having Good Relationships with Teachers

February 2018
Common Core Math Standards vs. State Standards
Importance of Teaching Children to Protect Their Hearing; The Downsides to Young Children Reading E-books

December 2017
Enticing Children to Do More Handwriting
Are there Visual Problems Associated with Excessive Use of Technology?

November 2017
Taking Forgotten Items to School: Yes or No?
Music Lessons Can Pay Academic Dividends
Technology You Need to Know About
Everyday Ways to Improve Children’s Math Skills

October 2017
Finding Quality Family Time
Explaining What Phonemic Awareness Is
Questions That Should Be Answered at Conferences

September 2017
Homework Battles Can Be Avoided
Realistic Expectations for Back-to-School Night
Helping a First Grader Who Is Not Reading

August 2017
The Creation of a Homework Center
Helping Children Adjust to Earlier Bedtime for School
How Preschools Teach Basic Skills to Children

July 2017
Summer Vacations Are Not Just For Play

June 2017
Fathers Need to Plan Activities with Children

May 2017
Educational Summer Activities
It’s Possible to Improve Handwriting this Summer
Babies and Early Reading

April 2017

The Educational Benefits of Music
Finding Out if Child Is Ready for Kindergarten
The Right Amount of Homework Help
The Value of Preschool

March 2017
Preschool and the Gifted Child
Homeschooling Can Be the Right Choice
The Secrets to Success on True/False Tests 

February 2017
How to Teach Children to Print
The Safe Way for Kids to Blog
Achieving a Balance between Academics and Sports

January 2017
Kids with Learning Disabilities Can Succeed in School
Learning to Read with E-books: the Pros and Cons
The Value of Timed Tests in Math
An Excellent Study Technique

December 2016
The Best Educational Toys Are Fun to Play
Preparing Children for Standardized Tests

November 2016
Fidgeting in Class Can Be Helpful
Learning Disability Services
Pros and Cons of Cell Phones at School
Right Grade to Focus on Careers

October 2016
Reading Rates for Children
Handling a Bad Report Card
Online Tutors – Helpful or Not

September 2016
Helping Children Become Successful in Math
Look for these Signs of Vision Problems
The Right Grade to Learn Coding

August 2016
The Tasks of an Involved Parent
Teaching to the Common Core Standards
Easing the Transition to Middle School

July 2016
Summer Learning Activities

June 2016
How to Introduce Numbers to a Preschooler
Time to Test Children for ADHD
Finding a New School

May 2016
Materials to Help Children Who Stutter
Parents Have Reservations about Child’s Readiness for Kindergarten
Ways to Improve Poor Listening Skills

April 2016
Skills Needed for Kindergarten
Handling Kids’ Complaints about Teachers
The Common Core Science Standards
Behavior Chart Upsets Student

March 2016
Ways to Acquire Keyboarding Skills
Helping a Middle-Schooler Get Writing Skills
Simple Ways to Improve Math Grades

February 2016
Some Helpful Educational Acronyms
Finding a Time to Talk to Teachers
Signs of Early Reading Problems

January 2016
Jump Start Your Toddlers’ Education
Math Test Anxiety
Stopping Homework Procrastination
Cyber Safety Resources for Parents

December 2015
Boosting Children’s Spirits after a Bad Day
Resolutions to Improve Communication with Children and Teachers
Does Our Child Have a Speech Problem?

November 2015
Signs of Hearing Loss in School Children
Simple Games to Enhance Math Skills
Do Teacher Bonuses Improve Student Outcomes?

October 2015
Standards Do Not Limit Learning
Parental Involvement in Homework
The Difference between a 504 Plan and an IEP
Child Not Completing Classwork

September 2015
Help for when the Phonics Approach Fails
Motivating a Young Child
Finding Programs for the Gifted
Helping a Visual Learner Succeed in School

August 2015
Establishing a School Routine
Talk, Talk, Talk to Children
Choosing the Perfect Planners
Records Families Need to Keep

July 2015
Summer Science Activities for Your Children

June 2015
How to Give Your Children a Happy and Healthy Summer
Criticizing Teacher’s Policy
How to Support Creativity

May 2015
Summer Homework
Debunking Common Myths about Stuttering
Ways to Teach Children How to Write their Names

April 2015
Reversing Letters and Numbers Is Not Necessarily the Sign of a Problem
Child’s Shyness – Ways to Overcome
Eliminating Recess Is not a Wise Punishment

March 2015
Determining a Child’s Readiness for Kindergarten;
Working Too Slowly;
Value of Oral Reading of Textbooks

February 2015
Ways to Avoid Eye Strain from Computer Use;
Word Searches;
Best Time to Transfer Schools

January 2015
Signs Your Child May Have a Writing Problem;
Improving Children’s Reading Comprehension;
How to Handle a Possible Learning Disability

December 2014
Resolutions to Help Improve Your Children’s Study Habits;
Electronic Books in the Classroom;
Time to Change Tutors;
First Grader Having Trouble With Math

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  1. Homework Help

    March 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    March 22, 2018  |  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Port Richmond Library
    Need help completing your homework assignments? Stop by during homework help hours. We are here to help with basic questions!
  2. Poof! Life in a Vacuum

    March 22 @ 5:00 pm
    March 22, 2018  |  5:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Port Richmond Library
    Where does space begin? How far away is the Moon? Where did the space shuttles go? These questions and more are answered as students discover the USS Intrepid’s role in the Space Race. Using a bell jar and vacuum pump,
  3. Curtis HS IB Student Exhibit

    March 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    March 22, 2018  |  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Art on the Terrace
    Curtis High School presents the work of 13 students in the International Baccalaureate Art Program. Exhibiting the work of Kevin Ayiku Giselle Domingo, Olivia Friedman, Winsome Jacobs, Sayyidah Johnson, Sarah Landowne, Eva Lin, Joseph Marte, Magdalen Pickering, Victor Salinas, Avery
  4. The Pipes Are Calling

    March 22 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    March 22, 2018  |  7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
    Join Richmond County Pipe & Drums for free lessons on Bagpipes & Drums, no Experience Necessary! Every Thursday Night, except holidays. We do occasionally take breaks so please email ahead to richmondcountypipesdrums@gmail.com for more info!
  5. Person Centered Care Services Information Sessions

    March 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    March 23, 2018  |  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Person Centered Care Services
    Join PCCS for information sessions! We have Self Direction 101, with dates from March into May. We have sessions covering subjects such as Transitioning into Adulthood, Self-Advocacy and Schooling. Join us, ask questions and discover opportunities.
  6. Toddler Storytime: Toddler Time

    March 23 @ 10:15 am
    March 23, 2018  |  10:15 am - 10:15 am
    Tottenville Library
    Stories, songs, crafts and fun for children ages 18 months to 3 years old along with a parent or caregiver. Meet other toddlers in the neighborhood! No pre-registration required!
  7. Baby Rhyme Time

    March 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
    March 23, 2018  |  10:30 am - 11:00 am
    New Dorp Library
    Bring your baby to an interactive program with simple books, gentle movement and songs. Meet other babies & caregivers in the community. For ages birth to 1  1/2 years.
  8. Baby and Me Story Time

    March 23 @ 11:00 am
    March 23, 2018  |  11:00 am - 11:00 am
    Great Kills Library
    Babies from birth to 18 months old and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood.
  9. Toddler Storytime & Craft Activity

    March 23 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
    March 23, 2018  |  11:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Port Richmond Library
  10. Toddler Rhyme Time

    March 23 @ 11:30 am
    March 23, 2018  |  11:30 am - 11:30 am
    New Dorp Library
    For ages 1 ½ – 2 ½ years and caregiver.Bring your toddler to an interactive program featuring, books, finger plays, songs and rhymes, followed by unstructured play time. Network with other caregivers and provide social opportunities for your toddler.