As I weighed diversity, academics, and other factors when choosing schools for my transracially adopted children, I perpetually second-guessed myself. But now that my kids are teens, I’m ready to trust their decisions.
Every Sunday evening, at the Gordon house, 10-year-old Kelly began complaining about something. Her pains ranged from stomachaches to sore throats. She said she felt too unwell to go to school the next day.
Battles over homework can disrupt family life any evening of the school week. To lessen the trauma, parents frequently step in to help and occasionally step over the line. We asked Anita Pollic, a fourth grade teacher at Lebanon Christian School in Lebanon, Ohio, about this important topic.
Our families are well represented among a diverse national community of homeschoolers for lots of smart reasons.
Advice for parents from parents on how to navigate explaining adoption to the classroom during back to school season, and beyond!
When it comes to the way kids learn, one size definitely doesnt fit all.
“After my daughter told classmates that she was adopted, they responded that they ‘feel sorry’ for her. What can I do to help?”
School projects that focus on family or personal history can be challenging or painful for children who were adopted. Learn why, and what you can do to create a more inclusive environment for the entire class.
Parents weigh in on talking with their child's teacher and sharing resources at the start of a new school year.
As kids meet new friends—and their families—they face new questions about their past.
When a child has learning problems, often the first step is an Individualized Educational Program (IEP). Here's what you need to know.
Our eight-year-old has been telling his classmates that his birth mother “gave him up” because he was “bad.”
Adoption presentations in first and second grade are easy. Then what?
Before first grade, parents need to teach kids how to respond to unwelcome comments about adoption at school.
17 simple and effective ways to bring adoption into the classroom.
Inclusive assignments help your grade-schooler, as well as her classmates, learn about their lives and the world around them.
Sometimes, a behind-the-scenes talk with the teacher better serves your child than a class presentation.
Fielding questions about adoption at school starts early. Is your child ready?
Answers to your parenting questions.
My child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) mentions the fact that he was adopted. Why would this be included? I asked that it be purged from his record, but the school hasn’t responded.