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Inside Highlights October 2017

DEAR HIGHLIGHTS ANSWERS KIDS’ Q’S ABOUT MANAGING CLASSWORK, WHAT TO DO ABOUT AN ANNOYING SONG, AND MAKING FRIENDS

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This month, Highlights delivers straight talk about falling behind at school, the downside of a catchy tune, and being the new kid in town.
Inside Highlights October 2017

Check out Dear Highlights, one of our most popular features, on page 42 of the October 2017 issue, or preview the page here. Then use the questions that follow to chat with your child about the topics in this month’s letters from kids.

Kyla, from California, wants to help a classmate but doesn’t want to fall behind with her own work. We suggested she tell her classmate she’d be happy to help him as soon as she finishes her own work. Or she could privately ask her teacher for some helpful tips.

Q’s for your kids:

  • Has a classmate ever asked you for help on an in-school assignment? If so, what did you say?
  • Did you lose focus or fall behind on your own classwork because you helped a classmate? How did you catch up?
  • Why might you prefer to work or study with other students? Why might you want to work or study on your own? 
  • Do other kids in class ever try to distract you? If yes, what do you do or say?
E-mailer Charley reports that catchy tunes sometimes get stuck in his head and he wants to get rid of them. We thought he could imagine himself turning off the song in his head to stop the music, override the tune by thinking about another song, or find a puzzle or math problem to solve so his brain can focus on something else.

Q’s for your kids:

  • If a song got stuck in your head, would you find it fun or annoying?
  • How would you get rid of a song or a thought that got stuck in your head?
  • Some people like to listen to background music while they read or study. Others prefer quiet. What’s your preference—and why?
Military kid Clarice moves around a lot and finds it hard to make friends when she’s new in town. We encouraged her to participate in activities she likes, be the kid who says “Hi” first, and ask to sit with a group of kids at lunch or seek out others who are sitting alone.


Q’s for your kids:

  • What’s the hardest part of attending a new school? Making friends? Finding your way around?
  • What could you do to make it easier?
  • Is it better to have one really good friend or be friends with lots of people?

Which of the following phrases best describes your elementary-school student?

Parents Talk Back
Which of the following phrases best describes your elementary-school student?