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May
05
The surprising advantages to virtual school that we learned from COVID


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In March of 2020, the educational system turned upside down at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US. No one was prepared to suddenly operate 100% remotely, but that’s exactly what happened. Now, a year later, we are all much better prepared, and for some, the challenges of virtual school have turned into advantages.



For many students, virtual schooling opens them up to new and more comfortable ways of learning. Introverted or anxious children can struggle in crowded classrooms. The pressure of being around their peers 24/7 and the constant comparison with classmates can make it hard to focus positively on schoolwork. When learning remotely, those barriers go away.



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Apr
20
Why Earth Day Should Matter To Parents by: Allison Becker

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Earth Day. It rolls around every April and yet we never seem to be entirely certain why. Some schools might take April 22 to learn fun facts about the environment or even plant a tree. But Earth Day is much more than that, and it’s important for parents to take note.



April 22 was declared Earth Day in 1970 by a Wisconsin senator. Since then, it has served as an annual reminder of the importance of being environmentally conscious. As more research is done into climate change, environmentally-caused illness, and natural disasters, people are tuning in more and more to the way we treat our Earth. And no one should be tuning in more than those who are raising the next generation.



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Apr
06
Parenting While Being An Introvert by: Allison Becker


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Parenting can be exhausting at times for everyone, but it can be especially draining for introverts. Being an introvert is defined by recharging during alone time, and that’s hard to snag while caring for children.



Constant questions, conversations, and activities leave little room for privacy. And that’s not even taking into consideration talking to other adults like teachers or other parents.



Read on for a few tips on parenting while introverted!




  • Set clear boundaries with your children. Obviously most of the time you have to be present for your kids. But when you can, find the time that you can set out for yourself. Create clear and consistent rules with your children about ...

Mar
16
What Is Parent Coaching? Why Does It Matter? - By Allison Becker


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It's 10 pm on a Wednesday, and no matter what you do, your grade schooler is refusing to go to sleep. You've tried coddling, bribing, sternness, and it's resulted in a screaming match, tears, and your kid is still not in bed. And this isn't the first time.


This situation probably sounds familiar to a lot of parents. Issues are inevitable when raising children. Sometimes dealing with them takes a little help. This is where parent coaching comes in.


Parent coaching is an up-and-coming way to examine parenting strategies and receive assistance. A parent coach is not necessarily a therapist or health professional, but they offer unique advice to parents seeking new perspectives.


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Mar
02
Parent-to-Parent by Allison Becker

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We’ve all heard it said a million different ways: relationships are a vital part of life. According to one of the longest-ever studies of human behavior (it started at Harvard in 1938 and still continues to this day!), relationships that bring us joy help us to be healthier, live longer, and find more success. Neglecting human connection is detrimental, plain and simple.


For parents, this may ring especially true. Sometimes parenting can feel very isolating. Think of a stay-at-home parent who speaks to no one but their toddlers all day. Or maybe a young parent whose coworkers are all single and childless and don’t want to hear “kid stories” every day.


This often beco...


Aug
24
Kindergarten Here We Go: A Checklist for Little Learners Returning During a Pandemic


Kindergarten is an important milestone for any student. New friends, new atmosphere, and this year: new procedures. Many Kindergarteners will experience fear and anxiety when beginning their new routine. This year, the game has changed as students return to Georgia schools in the wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic. EdConnect has compiled a little checklist to help parents and their student experience and smooth transition to new this learning atmosphere.


See if your child can:



  • Practice writing their name

  • Flip the pages of a book easily

  • Use the bathroom independently

  • Listen to a story and then tell it back to you within reason

  • Practice good hygiene after bathroom and lunch by proper handwashing


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Aug
21
Return to Learn: The Reality of Covid-19 for Georgia Students

As schools prepare to reopen across the country in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many teachers, students, staff, and parents are concerned about returning in the fall. Georgia schools are taking a county by county approach; many are doing virtual/remote education for a set time while others are using a hybrid model. All plans are meant to be fluid and can change if deemed necessary.


If you have a student preparing to return this fall, EdConnect has compiled some information to help you during this stressful time.


Remember: school is a critical infrastructure that supports the whole child, not just their academic needs. But safety measures need to be taken while we deal with the Coronaviru...


Jul
12
Georgia Public School Transfers Made Easy



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Dr. Danielle LeSure takes a moment in our latest EdConnect vlog to talk about misconceptions with the Georgia Public School System. We are not anti-public schools in any way, shape, or form. There are great public schools in the state of Georgia, and that’s why in this video, Dr. LeSure is talking a little bit about transfers within the Georgia public school system. EdConnect is pro-public schools!


If there is a school within your district that can better suit the needs of your child – you can apply! You just need the basic information of your child to get started. Take a few minutes to watch the video and learn more!






Jun
30
The 411 on Georgia Schools Tax Credit Scholarships









Dr. Danielle LeSure is back this week for a 5-minute Ed Connect vlog explaining a little bit about the tax credit available for schools in Georgia. Funds from taxpayers and businesses are put into the Student Scholarship Organization; certain private schools work with an SSO to determine how to distribute these funds.


Parents interested in Georgia schools tax credit scholarships should note that the name of the scholarship can be different depending on the school. Look up the information on the Georgia Department of Education’s website. You can easily look at schools affiliated with the SSOs and see if there is a match for your child’s needs.


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Jun
22
Special Education – EdConnect Vlog







Dr. Danielle LeSure takes a few minutes to speak with Atlanta parents of special needs children in our latest informative video. Children with special needs deserve a solid education. She discusses the Special Needs Scholarship program and shares her experience on how this program works.


Every child in the Georgia public school system with special needs gets 2 rights: the ability to transfer to any open public school in the state of Georgia and the right to private schools that can better serve their educational requirements. She will help walk you through the Georgia Dept. of Education’s website to see if this a good option for your special needs child.


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