On June 1, 2010, the U.S. Dept of Education announced the Common Core State Standards Initiative that identified what students are expected to learn. These standards included guidelines for teachers and parents to help them understand what they need to do in order to help their kids.

As a parent (or guardian) are you familiar with these standards?

Do you recall reading about or receiving information about these standards?

Did you know you’ve been enlisted in the teaching process?

Well, you have, and rightfully so.  These Common Core State Standards resulted from a 2004 study in which both employers and colleges demanded more of American K-12 students because kids were graduating without being college and career ready – not only nationally, but especially globally.

States and school districts first responded by developing rigorous curriculums in the core subjects – Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies/History, etc.  Have you noticed that these subjects are being taught at a much more accelerated pace with a lot more homework?

However, there was also a second “curriculum” added to the new Common Core State Standards – the fundamental learning and innovation skills.  These learning and innovation skills are vital to a student’s ability to meet the new rigorous academic standards and truly become college and career ready.

Do you have any idea what is meant by “learning and innovation skills”?

Have you received any information or guidelines on what they are?

Probably not! So, if you don’t even know what they are, how can you help teach them to your children?

Enter Help Teach Your Children.  Initially launched in 2010 as a Public Service initiative, Help Teach Your Children reaches out to parents in an effort to help parents help teach their children the learning and innovation skills necessary to succeed in school, college, their careers and life.

Like a muscle, these skills can be “exercised” – not through memorization or testing, but through conversation and one on one interaction. That’s really all there is to it  And parents can do it best.

You simply need to know what these skills are, how and why they are relevant to you and your kids and then how to help your kids develop them. This is the focus of Help Teach Your Children (the initiative) and now Help Teach Your Children, the Solo™ book – a Greenwood Editions digital book that reads like a magazine but informs like an encyclopedia.

To learn more about what, why and how to help teach your kids the skills they need to acquire but can’t learn in the classroom, please contact Gold Leaf Press at 313-331-3571 or go to www.goldleafpress.com

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