Sticks & Stones

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Can a 4-year-old be a bully? Donna Kane, Jewish Community Services school and camp consultant, says bullying behavior can happen in preschool, but she stresses there is a distinction to be made between bullying and developmentally age-appropriate behavior. “If a child is grabbing a toy from another child, it can look like bullying, but it… Read More

Clowning Around

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There’s a certain level of satisfaction in making a roomful of people crack up. And, as a career class clown, it’s one I’ve experienced time and time again. My peak came during freshman year of college, when a quick-witted response to a question led to my 250-student economics lecture erupting in laughter. (The professor was… Read More

In Any Language …

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After a month in Israel this summer, David Gevarter arrived home with a suitcase full of laundry and a much better grasp of Hebrew. “I learned a lot of words that I wouldn’t have retained had I just read them from a dictionary — words that came in handy reading the signs,” says Gervarter, a… Read More

The Great Sleep Debate

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There have been times that teacher Joel Monroe has resorted to dropping a stack of books next to the desk of a sleeping student. Monroe, chairman of the history department at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, doesn’t do it because he’s a mean guy. It’s just that sometimes he has to resort to drastic measures… Read More

School Choice

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“My son is happy for the first time in years — and engaged and intellectually stimulated.” That is a message that Aleeza Oshry wants parents to hear. Oshry moved her son, Yitzchak, 14, to Baltimore Polytechnic Institute’s Ingenuity Project for the 2012-2013 school year. She says for the past decade she has been struggling to… Read More

Out Of Bounds

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It could start with a pat on the back, a hug, even a high-five. These seemingly innocent gestures, under appropriate circumstances, can serve as encouragement and congratulations for child athletes. But for adults with sinister intentions, these actions can be the springboards into “grooming” the children under their supervision into sexual relationships. “It’s called ‘blurring… Read More

Waving Goodbye To The ‘Summer Of Yes’

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Each Year, as summer draws to a close and the school year is upon us, I find myself with bittersweet emotions. I love the way in summertime I can enjoy the company of my children without a report or project looming. The responsibility of homework is replaced by sunscreen and popsicles. Summertime parenting is wonderful… Read More

Preschool Prep

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Even Before my son could take his first steps, I tortured myself about when to begin his scholastic journey. Initially, I was convinced that the earlier he started preschool, the better. I was delighted to learn that a nearby school had just begun a full-day program for 11⁄2-year-olds. However, after consulting the experts (read the… Read More

Peer Pressure Vs. True Friendship — Surviving Primary School

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eBooks; 88 pages With back-to-school comes the excitement, the joy and sometimes the heartbreak of the school social scene. “Peer Pressure Vs. True Friendship,” an award-winning eBook by Dr. Orly Katz, provides helpful hints, exercises and encouragement for children dealing with issues such as bullying and peer pressure in the age of Facebook. Dr. Katz,… Read More

Online Learning Center

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Educators are often looking for innovative ways to connect with their students — inside and outside of the classroom. A recently debut technology is making that possible. It’s educational and a lot of fun. Last year, Behrman House introduced its Online Learning Center to meet the evolving needs of students and educators. The OLC serves… Read More