Parent Education News- March 4th, 2013

Parent Education News- March 4th, 2013
March 04, 2013 11:00:00
By Nancy Windisch

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March 4th, 2013

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Sandy McDaniel will be speaking at St. Angelas!!!  Monday, March 11th  7:00 pm-8:30 pm in the parish hall.


Stop Feeding Your Dragon!

Sandy wrote a successful weekly parenting column for the Orange County Register newspaper. The creator of, she is the author of Don’t Feed the Dragon, Recipes From Parenting, and Leave Your Baggage At The Door, the Co-Author of Project Self-Esteem. Sandy has successfully raised two children. She has 50 years of experience in the field of child development. For over 28 years she has used spontaneous humor, warmth and her laser ability to solve every day parenting problems.

Common Core State Standards- What do parents need to know

What are the Common Core State Standards?
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a coherent progression of learning expectations in English lan- guage arts and mathematics designed to prepare K–12 students for college and career success. The CCSS com- municate what is expected of students at each grade level, putting students, parents, teachers, and school admin- istrators on the same page, working toward shared goals. While most states already have English language arts and mathematics standards in place, they vary widely from state to state in their coverage and level of rigor.

How were the standards developed?
The CCSS effort was launched in June 2009, through a partnership of the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association working together with parents, teachers, school adminis- trators, and experts from across the country. National and international research, evidence, and standards— including standards from countries that are often recognized for high- quality education—informed devel- opment of the CCSS. After public comment, the final version of the CCSS was released in June 2010.

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for mathematics include two types of standards: one for mathematical practice (how students are able to apply and extend math principles) and one for mathematical content (what students know about math). The two are linked together while students are learning.

Example Standard for Fifth-Grade Mathematics 
Apply and extend previous understandings of division to divide unit fractions by whole numbers and whole numbers by unit fractions.
a. Interpret division of a unit fraction by a nonzero whole number, and compute such quotients.
b. Interpret division of a whole number by a unit frac- tion, and compute such quotients.
c. Solve real-world problems involving division of unit fractions by non-zero
whole numbers and division of whole numbers by unit fractions.


Pray With Your Children

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No matter how old your children are, it’s never too late to begin praying with them.
by Mark Holmen

Perhaps you’ve never prayed with your children. But no matter how old they are, it’s never too late to start. It helps to remember that prayer is simply a conversation with God.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1) Newspaper Prayer. Try this idea at the beginning of the day as you’re eating breakfast. Have each family member take a portion of the newspaper and circle items that he or she feels need to be prayed for. Then ask family members to pray for the things they circled in the paper.

2) Sentence Prayer. You can help your children pray aloud by giving them a sentence to complete, such as:

“Lord, I thank you for …”
“Lord, forgive me for …”
“Lord, help my friend …”
“Lord, help me be more …”
“Lord, help me to let go of …”
“Lord, give me the courage to …”
Lord, one of the fears I need help with is …”

3) Highs and Lows. Ask your children what their “highs” were from the day, and then ask them about their “lows” from the day. Share your highs and lows as well, and then pray for them together.

4) Prayer Journal. Share your prayer requests with the other members of your family and then record them in a prayer journal. One person can pray for all the requests you’ve listed for the day. The next time you pray together, look over the requests you listed previously and update any changes and answers. This is a good way to see how God has been active in your prayer lives.

5) A.C.T.S. Prayer. This is a well-known form of prayer that is easy to remember:

A stands for “adoration.” Begin the prayer by simply adoring God for who He is.
C stands for “confession.” Spend some time confessing your sins.
T stands for “thanksgiving.” Take time to thank God for the blessings that He has given to you and your family.
S stands for “supplication.” Lift up specific areas of your life in which you need God to supply for your needs.

Adapted from Faith Begins at Home, published by Regal. Copyright © (2007), Regal. All rights reserved. Used by permission.