Are there any reliable listings of colleges that will let us know about schools with such things as best financial aid, best career placement services and so on? -- Looking
Answer: You definitely need to get the Princeton Review's "Colleges that Pay You Back" book. It lists the schools where you get the best return on your tuition investment -- in other words, the best bang for your buck. It also addresses the major concern of college applicants and their parents about paying for college and finding a job that pays back on that investment.
My young son is gifted. He learns early and quickly. He started reading at age 3. He is now in kindergarten, and after 10 weeks of school he is totally bored. I have talked to his teacher; however, our school district does not let children move up a grade level until third grade. I don't think he will be able to wait for three years. -- HELP
Answer: Your first move should be to talk to the teacher again. Find out if there are ways that the curriculum can be enriched to challenge your son. This would be a good solution to the boredom issue.
How can parents help their children improve the way they do their homework? -- Worried
Answer: Parents can help their children learn the following effective ways to handle homework:
--Make sure that the children have an assignment page in their planners or a notebook to write down all assignments, and bring this list home every night.
--Set up with your children a special area in your home where homework will usually be done.
Are there any everyday ways to help my children become better math students? -- Wanting Mathematicians!
Answer: Believe it or not, the best way to help your children become better mathematicians is by having them do more math. For example, if their teachers assign only the odd problems in a textbook for homework, they should also do the even ones. And if a math assignment is a brief one, they or you can go online and look for similar work for them to do.
My kids are very busy with activities, including piano and voice lessons, which they enjoy. Should they continue with music lessons? What are the benefits? -- Is Music Worth It?
Answer: Even if they take up a lot of their time, children should always be encouraged to keep doing things they enjoy as long as they are able to keep up with their schoolwork and maintain good grades. Music is a universal language.
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