At Education Elements, we devote a massive amount of time and resources to helping our partner schools select digital content that will best serve the academic needs of their students. Whether the goal is to understand fractions, parts of speech, or the events leading up to the Civil War, our team has a knack for knowing right where to look in hand-selecting the best content for any learning goal. But we also understand that academic achievement is composed of many pillars. A student who has skipped breakfast, for instance, may have significant trouble paying attention in class. Another who is experiencing stress with a project partner may fail to turn in an assignment merely due to lack of communication skills rather than a lack of understanding. In more extreme cases, an otherwise bright student may severely underperform due to social exclusion by his peers.
I remember as a kid wondering why there was a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day but not a Kid’s Day. Now as a mom of two I understand why - every day really is kid’s day! At least in my house 365 days a year they get to make unreasonable demands and we cater to them, not only to avoid tantrums (my oldest is nearly 3) but also because we love them and want to celebrate their mere existence every day. So we don’t need to set aside a special day for our kids, but rather need to take time every day to appreciate them.
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