With school out and a long summer break ahead, many children are in danger of forgetting what they’ve learned during the academic year. UT experts are offering tips on how children can stay sharp and exercise their brain muscles during the hot summer months. “Learning over the summer does not have to be stressful or laborious,” said Matt Devereaux, an associate professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.
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As schools gear up for parent-teacher conferences, it’s important for parents to share concerns to ensure children have the greatest chance of academic success. Matt Devereaux, a child development specialist and an associate professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, offers suggestions to help parents navigate conversations with teachers during the conferences and throughout the school year.
Involving children in extracurricular activities builds greater self-esteem and leadership skills. Children learn teamwork, do better in school, and stay healthier. But a UT expert also cautions parents about over commitment and its detrimental effects.
Teaching children responsibility is key to helping them develop positive habits as they grow into dependable, mature adults. Some parents and teachers might find the task difficult. Matt Devereaux, a child development specialist and associate professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, offers tips to parents and teachers as they work with children, especially those in elementary and middle school.