In this section you will find advice and tips about:

The Process

Kindergarten

Middle School

Looking for advice about Daycare or Preschool? Go HERE.

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Homeschooling during Coronavirus: Top Tips for Staying Sane

“Been homeschooling a 6-year old and 8-year old for one hour and 11 minutes,” Shonda Rhimes wrote on Twitter at the start of quarantine. “Teachers deserve to make a billion dollars a year. Or a week.” And that was on March 16—now more than a month in the past, although to many parents struggling to adapt to the demands of remote learning, it feels, much, MUCH longer. We hope these tips and words of advice sourced from the PSP community will

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Remote Learning Strategies for Parents

A week of remote learning has come and gone, leaving a city full of exhausted parents and restless kids in its wake. Homeschooling is a daunting prospect at any time, and especially when you’ve got about 100,000 other things on your mind—from quarantine concerns to caring for sick loved ones to managing your own work-from-home schedule or coping with sudden unemployment. We hope these top tips from Katharine Hill, M.S., M.A.T., will offer some

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PSP Guides Library

Park Slope Parents has more than a dozen PSP Guides—comprehensive resources compiled from crowdsourced and expert wisdom to help you through all stages of the parenting journey.

The full PSP Guides Library is available at no cost to PSP members, and non-members can purchase individual guides for a small fee. If you're a parent in Brooklyn who wants access to all of the guides for free, plus dozens of forums tailored to your parenting journey

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Wisdom from our 2021 Early Childhood Education Survey

Each year, Park Slope Parents members contribute their reviews for their kids’ daycares, preschools, and pre-k facilities to help fellow families who are considering where to enroll their children. If you’re in the thick of the research and application process, read on for members’ answers to the question: “What advice would you give to people who are researching and choosing a program for their kids?”

Looking for more support on everything

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Insights into ICT: What to Expect in the Classroom

According to the NYC DOE, classrooms with Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) services include students with IEPs and students without IEPs. No more than 12 (or 40 percent) of the students in the class can have IEPs.

There are two teachers—a general education teacher and a special education teacher. The teachers work together to adapt materials and modify instruction to make sure the entire class can participate.

If your child has been placed in an

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The PSP Guide to Public School: Kindergarten Edition

The kindergarten application process can be daunting. Park Slope Parents is here to guide the way, with input from special guest and NYC school expert Joyce Szuflita—“the borough’s long-established doyenne of the business”—of NYC School Help.

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Life Hacks for Handling Remote Learning

Summer went by in the blink of an eye, and our kids are once again sequestered behind their screens. As we navigate another semester of remote (and hybrid) learning, our resourceful PSP members have offered up some life hacks to make your days run a little smoother.

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Returning to Childcare & Learning: Lessons

Our Park Slope Parents groups have been talking through sending kids back to childcare. Discussions have centered upon how to deal with separation anxiety after so many months of close contact, precautions childcare facilities are taking, and how to prepare your child for reentry. We even had a webinar with a Manhattan-based childcare facility, Vivvi, about the transition back. Read on for key takeaways!

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To Red-Shirt or Not? Includes updates from 2013 policy change [Updated 2017]

In light of changes to “red-shirt” changes in 2013 – Park Slope Parents have updated all you need to know. With advice updated January, 2015 and again in May, 2017

PSP College Admissions 101: Key Takeaways for Parents of Teens

Deena Maerowitz, Principal, College and Graduate School Advising at The Bertram Group, joined Park Slope Parents for a webinar on College Admissions 101: What, When & How. Read on for wisdom from Deena—and to connect with other families going through the college process through our PSP Tweens & Teens Group, join Park Slope Parents today!

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Managing Transition, Back-To-School During Covid: A PSP Coping Webinar

Park Slope Parents hosted a Coping Webinar with Dr. Nanika Coor on managing the transition to school (whatever that looks like)for our kids. Here are some notes and resources that came out of her webinar.

Dr. Coor started with a reminder to hold space for ourselves and for what we have been through over the past five months; it’s a lot. There’s more to come, but being mindful of what we’ve endured and how we’ve been successful so far (even if it

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Tips for Kids Who REALLY Don't Want to Go to School

Kind words and practical advice for parents whose kids would rather do anything than go to school in the morning.

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School Lunch and Snack Ideas

As one PSP Member writes: "my son is starting Kindergarten this fall after having been in a preschool / day care that took care of all of his meals every day. He's used to having hot, healthy meals which basically consist of rice / noodles and a protein and a vegetable (like a stir fry type of thing). Now I have to start making him lunch and I'm not sure where to start..." 

The Tradition of Out to Lunch at PS 321

PSP members talk about the benefits (and the few potential drawbacks) PS 321 of off-campus lunch.

Middle School Interview Questions

Based on member experiences & online sources, PSP found that typical interview questions include things about the school itself, what are the academic interests of the applicant, how they are involved with the community, what are their aspirations for the future & what interests they cultivate outside of school.

January 2014 Kindergarten Admissions Update

From NYC.gov:

If you live in New York City and your child is turning five years old in 2014, your child is eligible to attend Kindergarten in September 2014.

Below are important dates and resources to guide you through the application process. 

Middle School Mayhem!

Here is a list of websites, resources and schools to help start your process. Bookmark these sites and refer to them often.

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Thinking about Homeschooling?

Read what some of our members are saying about homeschooling...

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Daycares, Preschools, and Pre-K: the Difference

The difference between preschools and daycares has become increasingly blurred. There is now a lot of similarities in programing, structure, and childcare. Many preschools mirror play based learning typical of daycares. Vice versa, daycares now offer more educational structure. Throw Pre-K into the mix, and it can get even more confusing - especially in Park Slope where early child care centers line the city’s blocks.

 Here, PSP breaks it down

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School Report Cards

An interesting thread in response to school report cards.

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Is Homeschooling Right for Your Family?

Below are notes from a PSP Webinar from July 2020: Is Homeschooling Right for You?

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Resources for the College-Bound Teen

Welcome to the wild ride called college applications. Below are resources that Park Slope Parents members have found helpful in the journey through planning, touring, applying to and accepting offers from colleges. It can be an emotional time, so make sure you have joined the PSP College Discussion group. We will get you and your kids to the end of this rollercoaster intact.

Click to learn more and join Park Slope Parents!

Back to School Serenely

Tips for going back to school and how to combat that crazy feeling.

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Now is the time to put everything in place to make the transtion to the new school year run smoothly. That's why we're reblogging Eleanor Traubman's tips for an organized autumn.

Here are Eleanor Traubman’s top ten tips for staying cool and collected when the lazy days of summer give way to the panic of the new School year.

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Tips for the First Day of School - Are You More Nervous than Your Child?

The first day of school is coming up in the next few weeks. With that comes first-day-of-school jitters. Your child may be nervous; heck, you may be nervous. Big changes are afoot, and they can be scary for the whole family, but PSP is here to help!

Parent Experience of Holding a Child Back a Grade

From the parents who had their child held back - for development reasons, academic struggles or otherwise - the consensus is the pros outweighed any cons. Here are the voices of experience.

Elementary School Admissions

The NYC Department of Education website maps out all the steps to applying to Elementary School HERE.

Applying to Kindergarden or PreK? Check out the PSP page HERE.

How to ease a school transition for a child with special needs

Tips for transitioning your special needs child into a less (or more) restrictive school setting.

More on Mark Twain Middle School Admissions

Joyce Szuflita, our own "Brooklyn School Lady" has important new information about applying to Mark Twain.

The Mark Twain admissions process has changed in the last couple years; information about it is still a little confusing.

Ready or Not: Thinking About Middle School

Tips and website relevant for your application to Middle School.

Rezoning & Other News From District 15

Joyce Szuflita, our own "Brooklyn School Lady" has important new information about the zoning of District 15

Let's (Re)Do School Lunch

More ideas on what to give your kid to take for their school lunch.

New (school) Year’s Resolutions

Some resolutions to keep for the new school year... or at any time of the year for that matter!

Greener Alternatives for Back to School

An eco-friendly shopping list of all those back to school must haves.

 

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