Category Archives: Conversation Starters

“Little Women” for Big and Little Girls

When was the last time you read "Little Women"?  Have you seen the movie?  I just watched it for the first time (the one with Winona Ryder) this last weekend and I'm thinkin' it might be a really good movie … Continue reading

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Climate Change?
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  What’s is “Climate Change” about?  Who does it affect? Can we (you and me) make a difference?  This amazing 12 minute video provides a variety of ways to look at Climate Change…and it can stimulate conversations at home, science projects … Continue reading

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Teachers do MUCH more than just “teach”!!!

OK, a teacher has brought me to tears!!!–tears of admiration and appreciation!  I don't usually include this type of post in the HomeworkSuccessNetwork, but I happened upon a post in a blog for teachers that I think parents should read. … Continue reading

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Controversial or Conversational?–a hot topic for discussion

CURRENT EVENTS are the most natural conversational stimulant we parents can use.  You may have noticed, when you try to talk to your kids about general issues they sometimes think you've got an "agenda".  Or, when you talk with them about … Continue reading

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How Best to Fix the Schools?–a 100 Billion Dollar Question

This topic is huge and has been mulled over and discussed by all sorts of "experts".  The Washington Post  offered  an intriguing article  in this weekend's issue discussing some of the top notions by the top experts. Jay Matthews lists (and grades–according … Continue reading

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Where does the Student Optimism Go?

With the intention of positioning the USA as a strong world leader , President Obama has repeatedly voiced his concern about our educational systems and his intention to do something about it.  He's stated that we have make some dramatic changes in … Continue reading

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Is Your Kid addicted to “Texting”?

OK….now I'm scared.  I found this video on YouTube.  This post is a bit of a "rant" about the apparent NEED to text and how this obsession might affect our kids…so I'm asking forgiveness in advance.  But once you've looked at … Continue reading

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Autism explained–in “kid” terms

   Autism is sometimes difficult to explain to other kids who meet up with the behaviors in a new playmate or classmate or at church.  Kids notice a difference but may not understand.  And, maybe adults find it challenging to … Continue reading

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De-mystifying the Texting Codes

  According to an article at   abcnews.go.com : "Text speech is designed to be quick and easy."  Economically reducing the number of characters, kids get pretty darned quick at communicating with friends.  But parents (and not-so-savvy techno-phobes) may wonder what the kid … Continue reading

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Blue Man Group video–Celebrating Earth Day

To Celebrate Earth Day–here’s the Blue Man Group suggesting (in the manner of “in-flight airline instructions”) to “in case of emergency–locate the exits”. Share this with kids…they’ll think its fun and a tad disturbing. Good Conversation Starter!!

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