Author - Heather Bragg

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Heather Bragg joined NPN in 2010 while expecting her son Aaron.She grew up in Aurora, attending the University of Oklahoma and  later Northwestern University for graduate school. Heather spent several years teaching first and third grades before earning a masters degree in learning disabilities. She currently works as a learning specialist at Notre Dame College Prep high school in Niles, IL. Heather lives with her family in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood. 

Tips for School Success

The beginning of the school year is an excellent time for students and parents to become acquainted with the year’s goals and expectations. The following checklist may be helpful for parents when evaluating a child’s strengths and challenges.

Does your child:


Follow age-appropriate one- and two-step written directions? Spoken directions?

Begin and/or continue work independently?

Ask for assistance when he needs it?

Complete short-term assignments b...

Posted on September 30, 2011 at 8:39 AM by Heather Bragg

3 Tips To End Homework Battles

According to a Public Agenda survey, half of U.S. parents report having major disagreements with their children over homework. Considering that homework is a daily ritual, the potential for regularly-scheduled disasters is overwhelming. While there are a million reasons for homework woes, the following three tips can help you and your child from coming to blows:

1. When working on an assignment that is difficult and frustrating for your child, model both problem-solving ...

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 8:00 AM by Heather Bragg

4 tips for a smoother start to the school year

 

Back-to-school is an exciting, emotional, often hectic time for families. The unending texts about teacher assignments and after-school schedules make this time of year one filled with great anticipation. As we ready our kids for class with new backpacks, new shoes and new pencils, we need to help them emotionally prepare for the year ahead.

 


Combat fear of the unknown
Help your child visualize and practice her first day of school, including how she wi...

Posted on August 19, 2015 at 12:05 PM by Heather Bragg