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Adults get a few lessons at Parent Academy kickoff

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Category: Repair Bad Credit Published: Monday, 23 November 2015 Written by Admin
FALL RIVER It is a given in education that children learn more when their parents get involved.
But it takes a village to make that happen. The effort began Saturday in this village.
The Parent Academy held its open house at the Kuss Middle School. Parents, uncles, aunts and grandparents of school-age children were told about classes that will be offered this year. The classes are dedicated to helping adults help children succeed in school.
If you are an aunt or a grandparent, if you care for a child in any way, sign up, said Barbara Allard, who organized the effort.
There will be courses on helping get children into college, courses on how to help second-graders with their math homework, classes on cooking, exercise and finance.
We have 50 partners in the community, Allard said. It is being run by community agencies, business, charter schools, parochial schools. Everyone has been involved.
Some of the programs were straightforward. Kathy Sauson and Kelly DAmbrosio, both math teachers at the Greene School, told parents about the new methods teachers use to help students crunch numbers.
They showed bead boards and math sheets that they use to help children in the first and second grades grasp the idea of addition and subtraction.
When you are doing this, ask questions out loud, Sauson said. If I have three, how many more do I need to make five? With older kids, make it more difficult: If I have 17, how many more to make 25?
They also taught the adults how to multiply larger numbers, like 16 times six, in their head 10 times six plus six times six.
This new math is all about number sense, DAmbrosio explained. It is about having children understand what they are doing and why they are doing it.
There will also be cooking classes, exercise classes and classes that will help parents set budgets, save for a house and plan for college tuition.
Susan Loughlin and Andrea Gulecian, with the UMass Extension nutrition program prepared black bean and vegetable burritos, which they served at the end of the class.
Jackie Theis of the Bristol County Savings Bank outlined the financial programs on offer, including how to apply for a loan or repair bad credit.
There is a laundry list of financial topics, she said.
A brochure with class schedules will be distributed in the citys school next week, Allard said. All of the classes are also on the website, fallriverparentacademy.org. Those interested can sign up there, too, Allard said.


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