Recent Updates

  1. First Grade: Dealing with Morning Madness

    Have you ever found yourself frantically searching for your child's lost shoe five minutes before the bus is to come? Or forgotten your child's lunch money? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, you may be experiencing a common family problem called "morning madness." The rush to get everyone off to school and work is a challenge to every family. To help you manage morning madness, Ohio State University Extension offers these tips:
  2. First Grade: Good Study Habits and Homework

    Every parent wants their child to do well in school and to learn as much as they possibly can. To be good students, children need to develop good study habits at home and at school. You can help develop good study habits at home by approaching homework with a positive attitude and by providing an atmosphere that encourages learning. Here are some ideas that can help.
  3. First Grade: Understanding Sibling Rivalry

    Probably nothing upsets parents more from day to day than bickering and fighting between brothers and sisters. Some rivalry and conflict is to be expected among siblings and is actually considered a normal part of growing up. Children are learning to get along with others and this includes their brothers and sisters. There are natural reasons for sibling rivalry:
  4. First Grade: Holidays—What a Great Time!

    "TIME"—A Friend or Foe? "Time is the only strictly limited resource we have. We can borrow money, rent space, and buy equipment, but everyone is gifted with only 24 hours each day. Through all the devices and techniques known today there is no way to get more hours in a day. It is up to each of us to make the very best use of every minute in each day since it will not pass our way again." C.W. Lifer
  5. First Grade: Cybersafety—Is Your Child Safe Online?

    Are you worried about your child's safety when he or she is on a computer? Sometimes it's easy for parents to feel like their children are more tech savvy than is good for them. However, children are growing up surrounded by technology—it's second nature to them to know how to use it, even if you don't have a computer at home. What is most important is for you to teach your child how to treat other people and be safe at all times—whether they are meeting to play in the neighborhood or meeting online.
  6. First Grade: Setting Limits with Your Children

    Making and keeping appropriate limits is an important part of keeping your children safe and helping them grow to be responsible and confident. As your children grow, you may find there are some times when everything goes smoothly. Other times, guiding their behavior is more challenging. The checklist below may help you to stay on track or to fine-tune your approach to setting and enforcing limits for your children.
  7. First Grade: Nutritious Food for Cool Kids

    As parents, it is our responsibility to help our young children make healthy food choices each day. Remind children that the purpose of food is to help their bodies grow and to be healthy. Food should never be used as a reward or punishment for behavior or as a distraction.
  8. First Grade: Children's Friendships

    Working out friendships is an important part of childhood. Children's friendships do more than give them playmates today—they are key building blocks for growing into an adult. Friendships, for example, help children learn social skills, problem-solving skills, and self-confidence. Children who have a loving, caring relationship with a parent have better relationship with classmates. What else can parents do to help their children make positive friendships?
  9. First Grade: Fun Summer Time Activities and Games

    The school year will be ending soon and your child will have a lot of extra time and energy for play and activities. Be ready to prevent summer boredom by keeping hands and minds busy. Here are some suggestions for summer fun. 
  10. Renewable Energy Policy Series: Ohio SB 221

    The future of renewable energy in Ohio appears bright. The ever increasing demand for energy, the desire to decrease dependency on fossil fuels, environmental concerns, and green energy job creation are all factors driving the development of alternative energy. In addition, state legislation has recently established policy requirements that will also stimulate the future development of alternative energy in Ohio.