Welcome to the parent & families section of this web site. It has been developed to help you to stay connected with your child’s learning at the St. Johnsbury School and to provide you other useful parenting resources.

Jump down this page to the sections which interest you:

Cyber Smarts

Schoolwork Help – Literacy

Cyber Safety

Schoolwork Help – Math

Netiquette, Plagiarism

Schoolwork Help – Science

Internet Slang & Acronyms

Schoolwork Help – Social Studies

Television, Movies & Media

School & State Info

Schoolwork Help – General

Recommended Reading for Parents

General Info:

KidsHealth provides doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Created by The Nemours Foundation’s Center for Children’s Health Media, KidsHealth provides families with accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information they can use. It has separate areas for kids, teens, and parents — each with its own design, age-appropriate content, and tone.

The National Parenting Center
The National Parenting Center was founded almost thirty years ago with the intention of providing the most comprehensive and responsible parenting advice to parents everywhere.  The organization’s web site provides support and guidance for parents with sound, responsible advice.

PBS Parents Guide to Child Development
PBS Parents, from the Public Broadcasting Service, is  filled with information about child development from birth through the early school years (about age 9). It includes input from experts in child psychology, early childhood education, media and other fields. It also provides valuable educational resources: an Education section offers strategies for building literacy and math skills, book recommendations and other content related to Going to School. You will also find information for children with Special Needs.

Scholastic Parents
The online home for parenting advice from Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company. (Scholastic provides schools with books for children and fundraising avenues through Scholastic Book Fairs.) The advice is directed at pre-school, elementary school and middle school parents and includes sections on School & Learning, Books & Reading, Activities and Family Life.

Cyber Smarts:

Cybercitizenship.org is home to the Cybercitizen Awareness Program, which educates children and young adults on the dangers and consequences of cyber crime. By reaching out to parents and teachers, the program is designed to establish a broad sense of responsibility and community in an effort to develop in young people smart, ethical, and socially conscious online behavior.

Perhaps more geared to teachers than to parents, CyberSmart! provides online teaching tools designed to empower students to use the Internet safely, responsibly, and effectively.  It provides a hands-on experience in 21st century skills — the new basic skills — to meet the learning needs of today’s students. CyberSmart! Education is built on the simple notion that using the Internet safely, effectively, responsibly, and securely is a 21st century core competency that can and must be taught.

GetNetWise (for Families)
From the very comprehensive GetNetWise site, this page offers tips to help parents think about online safety for one’s family. GetNetWise is a public service put together by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences.

GetNetWise | Tools for Families
This section of GetNetWise offers many different types of tools that may fit to fit one’s family needs and values. These include filters, Internet usage monitors, ways to block posting of sensitive information and kid-friendly web browsers. There’s even a query function to search for exactly what tool or tools fit the bill.

NetSmartz (Parents)

NetSmartz provides on- and offline learning activities for parents to facilitate discussions with their children and teens about Internet safety. Includes a Use Your NetSmartz FAQ section with helpful advice for addressing what to do if one’s children come forward about something troubling that happened online.

Cyber Safety:

bNetS@vvy.org | Tools for Adults to Help Kids Connect Safely
The online home of the bNetS@vvy Newsletter, with original articles, tools, tip, links and resources to help parents engage with young teens to keep them safe and savvy online.

Don’t Believe the Type | For Parents & Guardians
Directed at parents / guardians of teenagers, this site provides information intended to keep safe those most likely to be exposed to some of the dangers of the Internet. The categories directed at teens include “Know the Dangers”, “Situations to Avoid” and “Surf Safer”, and the more parent-directed information goes under headings “Protecting Your Children” and “What to Watch For and What to Know“.

Family Contract for Online Safety: Kid’s Pledge (from SafeKids.com)
Lists a ten-item “Kid’s Pledge” for responsible use of the Internet, which both the child and the parent(s) sign.

Look Both Ways | Staying Safe Online
Straightforward and practical advice to help you steer clear of the hazards of being online, and help protect your children on the Internet. From online safety consultant Linda Criddle, whose book for Microsoft Press, Look Both Ways, should also be a good resource.

Internet Safety | Information for Parents

From wiredsafety.org, this page addresses several wired / interactive safety issues (for example, cell phone usage and interactive gaming devices are addressed) with helpful information.

Tips for Online Safety (from Google)
Google.com’s safety advice. Google’s aim with child safety is three-fold:

  • Empower parents with tools to help them choose what content their children see online;
  • Educate children on how to stay safe online;
  • Protect children through partnerships with law enforcement and industry

Netiquette, Plagiarism:

Guide to Plagiarism & Cyber-Plagiarism (from University of Alberta Libraries)
This web site examines the issues of plagiarism and cyber-plagiarism and what can be done to prevent, detect, and report plagiarism.

Netiquette for Kids (from the Boston Public Library)
This page lists 8 netiquette (Internet etiquette) tips. These include proper use of email, proper conduct in chat groups, being responsible with your and others’ personal information.

Internet Slang / Acronyms:

NetLingo | The Parents Edge: Myspace Acronym | Teen Chat Decoder
These three sites provide the meanings to acronyms commonly used by youth in email, chat rooms and through text messaging.

Advice on Television, Movies & Media:

Parent Media Tips | Advice for Parents
From commonsensemedia.org, this site provides trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.

Help with Schoolwork | General & Fun Activities:

ALA | Great Web Sites for Kids | Sites for Parents, Caregivers, Teachers & Others
Nearly 80 youth-friendly or parent-directed web sites recommended by the American Libraries Association. Many are flagged for their grade-level appropriateness.

Crayola® Coloring & Activities (Parents Page)
The online creative outlet for the Crayola crayon and crafts supplier. Includes arts & crafts ideas, print & color images, celebrations & party ideas, tips on partnering with teachers, tapping into creativity in the home, and even travel fun and games ideas.

Education Place® for Families
From the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, this site provides pre-K to 6 resources for teachers, students, and families to support instruction in the classroom and at home. Covers areas in reading / language arts, spelling, math, science, history & social sciences, and pre-k learning, all based on learning standards for the state of Vermont.

FunBrain.com Parents’ Place
FunBrain collects online educational games in math, language arts, science, history, music, geography and art.

Help with Literacy Schoolwork:

Horn Book Guide | Family Reading
The Horn Book’s aim is to herald the best in children’s literature. This page on the Horn Book site lists articles with instructive ideas and provocative insights on how parents can raise readers.

MightyBook is an online publisher that specializes in children’s illustrated, animated read-aloud eBooks  and Story Songs (both using Flash animation) for ages 2 to 10, plus children’s sing-along songs. Requires subscription to access all 500+ stories, songs, puzzles and games; some 50 are available for free trial.

Help with Math Schoolwork:

Figure This! Math Challenges for Families
Figure This! offers mathematical challenges for families which provide interesting math challenges that middle-school students can do at home with their families. It’s a product of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, in cooperation with the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Widmeyer Communications, and the Learning First Alliance.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics | Family Resources
The NCTM site offers PDF guides with advice to parents about: why math currently taught in today’s schools looks different from the math taught in the past; how parents can help their students have success in math. Includes a link to Figure This!

Help with Science Schoolwork:

Cool Science
Cool Science is designed to provide students an appreciation of science. Its Cool Science for Curious Kids section collects some of the best science projects from some of the best museums in the country, which then are adapted for the Web.

Discovery Education Classroom Resources
Discovery Education provides resources to schools and homes with the goals of increasing student achievement and connecting classrooms and families to a world of learning. Discovery Education is a division of Discovery Communications / Discovery Channel. Free resources and initiatives include a Science Fair Central and a Sustainability Challenge.

National Science Teacher Association | Resources for Parents
The NSTA’s parent-directed resources attempt to present science in a fun, not scary, way to students. Its Help Your Child Explore Science section presents skills and ideas within the context that parents who explore the world together with their children nurture scientific thinkers and good students.

Help with Social Studies Schoolwork:

American History | Homework Center (from Multnomah County Library, Oregon)
This web page lists resource links for homework help and other tools for K-12 American History studies. There are 36 different subject areas covered, each area including numerous resource links.

Future State | US Department of State for Youth (for Parents and Educators)
This section of the US Dept. of State for Youth site includes the special programs of the US State Dept. directed at students, and includes resources under the theme that “Social Studies embodies the knowledge necessary to understand United States diplomacy.”

Important School and State Information:

St. Johnsbury School Policy Handbook School policies relevant to the library are the Acceptable Use policy and the Media (Purchasing) policy. These are download as MS Word documents from this St. Johnsbury School web page.

Vermont Department of Education The following links access state department of education information on reading instructional standards for schools in Vermont: Literacy – Reading Resources | Literacy – Curriculum & Assessment | Literacy Grade Level Expectations.

Recommended Reading for Parents:

The following nine titles should prove helpful for school, literacy, parenting and cyber-safety issues. Books not part of the St. Johnsbury School library collection can be obtained through interlibrary loan. For books on other parenting subjects, please check amazon.com’s Parenting & Families section or try the book search on the Reading Is Fundamental web site.

Bialostock, Steven. Raising Readers: Helping Your Child to Literacy. Winnipeg : Peguis, 1992.

This book helps make parents partners in the learning-to-read process by explaining how ways to teach reading correspond to the natural ways in which children acquire language. Includes sections on how to choose “good” books for children, commonly asked questions, and more. (Excerpted from Amazon.com book description.)

Halsted, Judith Wynn. Some of My Best Friends are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers from Preschool to High School, Second Edition. Scottsdale, Az. : Great Potential Press, 2002.

Books can be wonderful bridges for communicating feelings and values, and learning about decision-making. This book illustrates the emotional and intellectual needs of children of high ability, and reveals their typical reading patterns, their need for reading guidance, and how to discuss books with young readers. Includes an annotated bibliography of almost 300 books aimed at gifted readers. (Excerpted from back cover book description.)

Brain Rules by John Medina

Medina, John. Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School (Book & DVD). Seattle, Wa. : Pear Press, 2008.

Molecular biologist John Medina’s book provides an understanding of how the brain works, and how you can get the most out of it. Medina illustrates brain science with some fascinating stories, including one about why Michael Jordan was no good at baseball. (Excerpted from dust-jacket book description.)

Positive Discipline A to Z

Nelsen, Jane Ed.D., Lott, Lynn and Glenn, H. Stephen. Positive Discipline A-Z: 1001 Solutions to Everyday Parenting Problems. New York : Three Rivers Press, 2007.

From Booklist: Authors Nelsen, Lott, and Glenn have produced a tirelessly upbeat and optimistic approach to disciplining kids. They cover planning ahead to prevent problems, understanding kids (and parents), and life skills for kids. They offer a number of pointers for parents and some general suggestions.

Odean, Kathleen. Great Books for Boys: More than 600 Books for Boys 2 to 14. New York : Ballantine Books, 1998.

From School Library Journal: “One of the things that many boys give up on their way to manhood is a love of reading,” states Odean in her introduction. This thoughtfully compiled annotated bibliography gives parents, teachers, and librarians strategies to help prevent this loss. Titles are organized by reader age and genre. Each entry provides a bibliographic citation, suggested age range, and brief annotation.

The No-Cry Discipline SolutionPantley, Elizabeth. The No-Cry Discipline Solution: Gentle Ways to Encourage Good Behavior Without Whining, Tantrums, and Tears. New York : McGraw-Hill, 2007.

A child, Pantley points out, is “emotion in motion.” The No-Cry Discipline Solution provides a variety of techniques to help rein in out-of-control children, based on a four-part plan that corrects the current behavior, teaches a lesson, helps the child learn control and builds the relationship between the parent and child. (Excerpted from Amazon.com book description.)

Silvey, Anita. 100 Best Books for Children: A Parent’s Guide to Making the Right Choices for Your Young Reader, Toddler to Preteen. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2004.

From School Library Journal: What makes a book a classic? Silvey, a longtime children’s book specialist and literature lover, addresses that question in order to identify books that represent a “basic literary heritage. ”… a highly select list of 100 titles published from 1902 to 2002. … titles that have been or likely will be enjoyed by children for generations.

Trelease, Jim. The Read-Aloud Handbook, Sixth Edition. New York : Penguin Books, 2006.

Every child can become an avid reader, and in The Read-Aloud Handbook Jim Trelease  shows how to make it happen.  Trelease’s enduring guide is backed by delightful anecdotes as well as the latest research. (Excerpted from back cover book description.)

Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy TeensWillard, Nancy E. Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn To Use the Internet Safely and Responsibly. San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 2007.

Providing essential strategies to keep children and teens safe online, Internet safety expert Nancy Willard dispenses need-to-know information about online dangers, with practical parenting strategies necessary to help children and teens learn to use the Internet safely and responsibly. (Excerpted from Amazon.com book description.)


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