Welcome to the 55th Kid Lit Blog Hop where we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children's books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. So, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors! This week, we are excited to be including a Goodreads Linky Party to be held in conjunction with the Kid Lit Blog Hop. These linky parties are designed to give you the opportunity to connect with and grow your network of fellow kid lit bloggers, authors, and parents through your various social media platforms. We are pleased to be welcome two co-hosts this week. First up, is author Evelyne Holingue. You can visit her at http://evelyneholingue.com/. And, joining us once again is Tiffiny from the blog Spark and Pook. Welcome and bienvenue to both Evelyne and Tiffiny.  

Hostesses:

Mother Daughter Book Reviews

Julie Grasso, Author/ Blogger

Cheryl Carpinello, Author / Blogger

Stacking Books

BeachBoundBooks

Pragmatic Mom

Music, Teaching and Parenting

Reading Authors

The Logonauts

A Book Long Enough

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So... you are a student and you got in trouble at school 
 you suspect your teacher will call home?

If you are a student keep reading below

If you are a parent please go directly to THIS POST

Here are some last minute tips:

1. Usually teachers call home when they are very upset and they have already talked to you about the issue before. The easies way to stop a teacher from calling home is to change her plan and talk to her personally before she/he has called. It will be smart if YOU talk to the teacher first.  NO ARGUMENTS will work with these situations. Be very polite and apologetic. Be willing to listen to no matter what your teacher will say. You know well what the problem is. Let that teacher will let off steam (instead of doing it with your parent) Show her that you are responsible for your behavior and ask what you need to do. Apologize.

2. If the phone call home has already happened, don't argue with your parents at home. Simply explain the situation. Try to take responsibility for your own actions and let them know if there is anything you are worried that has nothing to do with you.

3. Most important-take that as a warning sign. Think what you need to do so that that same situation does not happen again.
The Good Side of Being Incredibly Busy Teaching

You might think...is there one? What is she talking about? What is this post about? There are so many posts and articles out there about the incredible pressure on teachers. All of them are true! Our profession is not getting easier and the demands of testing and paperwork continue to prevent teachers from their true passion- the work with kids!

Yet, let's turn our attention to the good sides of being busy as a teacher as well.  We as teachers cannot afford to bring more negativity in our lives- there is already plenty of stressful situations. However,  looking at things from a different perspective can change a teacher's view about their daily demands. 

Here are my thoughts.    Not tips....just thoughts

1. Teaching has many challenges. It also touches your life in a way that no other profession would. I just finished a class where one girl told me "This is my second home". Teaching many students also gives you the opportunity to touch many lives. This is why it is is important for me to make an effort to be at work every day.

2. I am so busy that I do not have time to think about the future, I do not have time to think about the past. I live in the now! I have to be present at every minute! I face all challenges as they come. If I stop to think about the stress, then I know that I have already lost the game. All my days are filled with excitement. I dance with the challenges at my work as they come.  I think this ability to go through periods of stress and take things as you go makes you finish as a winner!

3. Being so busy has made me enjoy my friends and having free time much more. I am at the end of very stressful series of music events at the moment. I am finally ready to enjoy my weekends and people around me which was not possible in the past month. I am truly cherishing the time I can take for myself and the people I share it with! The balance between being busy and having time for myself has made me appreciate both much more!

What about you?

Ways to Effectively Get Your Message Across to Your Children

At early stages in your parenthood, you undergo problems such as getting your child to preschool, buying the basic necessities or whether or not to put him in child care centres. However, one of the major struggles you need to start working on is the communication with your child. Aside from teaching your child the basic things like tying his shoelace or keeping his toys, you will eventually go to the stage where you will be teaching the more important things like morals and values. All these challenges revolve around a single thing called communication. This is why you have to know the secrets to getting your message across your kid.

1.     Be there. It sounds so simple but quite hard to do, especially if you have a busy schedule. The technique is to set a time each day where you can spend with your child. After all, what’s the point of raising a child if you can’t be physically present?

2.     Listen attentively. While you may be physically available, it is equally important to show interest to your child. As the adult, it is your responsibility to form conversations by asking questions such as: How did your day went? Did you learn something? Be willing to teach whatever your child is curious about. It is typical for children to ask about different things around them and you are the person they look up to when they need the answers.

3.     Show support. Anything your child undergoes needs a little acknowledgement. When he has done something good, congratulate him. Give comments on his grades. Show empathy when your child feels bad. Make sure he knows that you understand his feelings.

4.     Observe actions. When speaking with your child, you can notice his actions, gestures, body language and whatnot. This will help you understand his behaviour and correct those that are wrong.

5.     Be a role model. By showing your child good manners and behaviour, you are communicating positive actions, which he will eventually follow. Be the person you want your son to be and that will surely result to effective communication.

The consistency of good communication is the key to a good relationship with your child. Once he has learned the right ways to effectively communicate with you, he can take that with him as he grows old. Thus, being a good example to his future family. Be the good parent that you ought to be and start practicing these techniques. 



Welcome to the 51st Kid Lit Blog Hop where we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children's books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. So, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors!

Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!

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2. Link up any Kid Lit related post. This can be a link to a children’s book review, a discussion about children’s literature/literacy, or a post on a recently-read children’s book or one that you love from your childhood.
* Don't link directly to your blog, it must be a specific post.*
* For Authors, we prefer you to link to your blog if you have one. Please link unique posts each time ~ no repeats please. *
* Make sure you include an image relevant to the POST (e.g., book cover), not your blog button or photo of yourself.*
* Feel free to link more than one post.*
3. Please visit AT LEAST the TWO LINKS directly ahead of your own and leave them some love in the form of a comment. We are trying to build a community of bloggers, readers, parents, authors, and others who are as passionate about children’s literature as we are so please CONNECT and follow any or all of the blogs that interest you!
4. If you like, grab the button above and put it somewhere on your blog, preferably the post you're linking up. If you'd prefer, you can just add a text link back to this Hop so that others can find it and check out all these great book links!
5. It would really help us get the word out about the Kid Lit Blog Hop if you would be so kind as to tweet, share, and spread the word about the Hop!
Interested in co-hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop? If you've joined us before, you are welcome to join us again! Please email renee @ motherdaughterbookreviews (dot) com and put Co-Hosting Blog Hop in the subject line.

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Whether you are a studio teacher or an orchestra director, recruiting students is going to be a big part of your job as a music educator. Developing this skill early on will help you be secure and confident at your job.


Check out bigger programs and studios in your area! Talk to these teachers and see what they are doing. You may find out that these educators are constantly working on recruiting and they are very active in being visible and developing a community. Their success in numbers may be simply a matter of time on the job. But in most cases they do different things that encourage students more than other teachers. Catching on these little secrets and especially seeing it in action in your own community an be very helpful to a new teachers.

Always over-recruit. There are always students who change their minds, move to different schools, etc. This is why it is always better to recruit just a few more students in your music studio or program that you think you need. Having a few extra students is better than not having enough.

Substitute the word recruitment with encouragement! Then make that a priority in all of your lessons throughout the year! Recruitment and retention go hand in hand. Making all families in your program happy and engaged is the key to success in having a big music studio or school music program. It will ensure that that your students stay in the program. It will also provide the "word of mouth" you need in order to get new students. It is only then you will have a huge program and recruiting will not be a problem to you.

Prepare  for all recruiting sessions! See detailed post and advice here
on this subject

Getting your child to be responsible around the house can be difficult! It is a skill that needs to be developed just like anything else. Yet it can take persistence and patience.  This is especially true for the Holidays! Who doesn't want to just rest and have fun? he holidays can be difficult to keep your child on task with whatever school or house activities you feel are good for them.
In moments of difficulty keeping their child doing their chores, parents need to be consistent, fair and most important - add the special ingredient-some fun. Use this simple game to get your child to do chores during the holiday or cooperate with daily activity that they are expected to do. Great examples for these are:
Daily reading
Practicing a musical instrument
Daily listening if in music lessons
Making their bad or organizing their room


Reverse the Countdown to Christmas



Leave a stocking filled with your child's favorite candy! Designate a stocking for a given activity you want your child to do. Start on Dec 25 have them enjoy one a day ONLY after they have done the chore or HW assignment you have discussed. 


Parent formula for success = consistency+fun+fair rules!


Remember the Golden Rules of Games That Teach a Lesson:

Ber fair! Once you set the rules for your child, don't change them! It is easy for parents to fill ambitious after seeing success and adding to the expectation. Do not add to the chores! This will ruin the effect and consistency of the development!

Keep it fun even thought you expect them to do work!  Having positive attitude with help your child associate doing work with pleasant emotions! They will need this positive attitude later on in life when challenged with different situations!

Be consistent!

Don't nag, discuss with your child what needs to be done.  If they haven't done it, they simply don't get their treat.

Has that worked for you? Do you have a different way of achieving success with your child?
Share in the comments!
No More Frustration from Parents! Sounds good?

Calling parents and talking to them is a skill. It needs to be learned and developed by teachers just like the skill of teaching itself! Working on that skill will bring more enjoyment in the work place as well as more parents support!


If you are a teacher wanting to make a POSITIVE INTRODUCTION phone call home without already an issue in place then go to THIS POST

However, if the nature of the phone call to the parent is negative behavior, then read on! 

Or you may also scroll down directly to the end of the post for specific tips for scripting and making phone calls to parents and skip the introduction!


It is funny. At the beginning of my teaching career I was young and communication with parents felt intimidating. I had to make calls home on a few occasions discussing behavior issues. The phone calls were handled with the parent immediate response to deal with the situation at home. I was lucky. I started teaching by communicating with parents who understood and did not question the validity of my work.
After I had been teaching for a few years the situation changed a bit. The more home phone calls I need to make, the more difficult it seemed to get. I was having to work with very different parents who were thinking very differently about raising their child. My school is in an area with very mixed socio-economics. The parent support and involvement in my program is very different from one child to the next. My program has been growing consistently over the years. The level of the program has also been raising consistently. It seemed that with each year the level of the kids will grow but the challenges when communication with parents will grow as well. While working hard to reach the parents of the lower economic groups at the school, I was realizing that often the involved parents take their child's progress personal. It is in these cases when we had a clash.
I am posting this blog post wishing that parents appreciate their teachers for the positive aspects of their work, but also to allow them to guide their child into changing that child's behavior for the better.

Calling parents and talking to them is a skill! It takes time to develop but it is possible to have pleasant and positive relationships with parents! Start with these tips:

NEVER call a parent in the heat of the moment! 
You will always be at a "loose" situation if you do that. The parents can also have more opportunity to get defensive toward you. Instead, wait until you feel calmer and you can explain the situation in a calm voice. 

Always have facts to share when you call. Be very specific!
If you are calling with a discipline issue, it is not enough to simpl say "the student is misbehaving" or The students is talking in class". You need to be more specific. What exactly happen- perhaps the students interrupts when you deliver instruction, or maybe he said a very bad word to a fellow student. Remember, the more specific and the calmer you are are, the more the parents will need to except the information. Not giving enough information and being vague gives the opposite party opportunity to argue back and get defensive. You do not want to get in this situation. Event worse, if he parent asks what exactly heir child is doing, you cannot stumble and loose track of the facts. 
Sometimes this is difficult to do when you are in the middle of trying to organize a hectic class. In this case, have a paper right next to you and very quickly write down what exactly happen.

Script the Phone Call Before Calling Home
It is always good to place the information as a "sandwich". Give a positive fedback, say what is happening, and finish with a positive statement as well. You conversation may lok like this

John is doing very well in orchestra and he is very talented. Unfortunately I am seeing that he is starting to turn around and talk to the boys around him. Can we together work on stopping this behavir so that he can continue doing great in my class?

Do you notice the "positive" way this message is delivered? If you want to see other examles of how to script a parent phone call new  post coming next week.