Parent Perusals

September 16, 2019

A Note from Kimberly

If you have school-aged children, then you know the honeymoon phase of back to school is over and homework season has begun! In my house every Friday I get the weekly spelling and vocabulary lists and when there will be a math test and what to study, etc...

As a parent, this can be overwhelming because we do want to help our kids be successful and we also want to teach them to be responsible, to develop healthy study habits and take responsibility for their learning.

But, how do we do this?

This week's edition of Parent Perusals contains resources and information on helping your child with homework.

Every household is different and every family has different schedules that they juggle. The research is clear that it is so important that there is a routine around homework in your home. Is there one specific routine that you must do? Absolutely not! The key word is routine-- do what works for your family and make sure that it is consistent and structured.

In my house, I find that dry erase boards are magical! I can tell my girls we need to practice your spelling words and there's always some resistance, but when I pull out the dry erase board with my "special" colorful dry erase markers, they are ready to spell! This has become part of our routine when we need to practice spelling words!

Picture to the left is my daughter Lucy showing off words she had written!

Find a routine that works for your family and take advantage of the resource shared this week!

I hope you'll also take advantage of the upcoming FREE parent trainings and webinars we are offering here at ESC-20 as well as some great community family events.


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Coming Up This Week!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 9:00 a.m.--12:00 p.m.

The Independent Child: Using Classroom Strategies at Home to Support Independence

This training is to support parents who are cultivating independence in their children. Research based methods that are used in the classroom will be broken down and explained to parents so that they help to promote independence in their own children. The ultimate goal is to provide as many opportunities for our children as we can. These opportunities could include independent or semi-independent living, having a job, social activities (movies, dinner, with disabled and nondisabled peers, adult day care and many more. Together let’s create limitless possibilities.

Session ID# 58820

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m.--12:00 p.m.

Dyslexia: What is it, and How Can I Help My Child?

In this training you will learn from ESC-20’s dyslexia specialist what dyslexia is and how to support your child if he/ she has dyslexia. We will explore the common risk factors for dyslexia as well as common misperceptions or myths about dyslexia. Participants will learn strategies to help support their student if he/she is at-risk for or identified with dyslexia. While some of the strategies will target beginning literacy skills, this is appropriate for parents with students of all ages.

Session ID# 58821

Webinar ID# 60031

September's FREE Parent Trainings & Webinars!

Click HERE to access registration information and MORE details about September's Parent Trainings & Webinars. Start making plans to attend!

October's FREE Parent Trainings & Webinars

Check out what is being offered in October!

Did you Know There's a Statewide Parental Involvement Conference? We are fortunate that this year it is being held in San Marcos!

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Statewide Parental Involvement Conference

Thursday, Dec. 12th, 1:30pm to Saturday, Dec. 14th, 12pm

1001 E McCarty Lane

San Marcos, TX


  • Keynote Speakers: E.J. Carrion, Salome Thomas-EL, Dave Davlin
  • 3 Featured Sessions and 45 Breakout Sessions
  • Numerous sessions in Spanish, and Spanish translation available
  • 25 Exhibitors
  • Friday and Saturday Breakfast, Friday Luncheon, Breaks
  • Great opportunity for networking with colleagues

Conference Registration

  • $160 per person until 10/21/19
  • $185 per person after 10/21/19 until 11/22/19
  • $300 late & on-site registration (if space available)

Learn more below!

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Homework Tips for Parents

Homework is important, but helping children with homework isn't always easy. Here are some ways you can make homework easier for everyone!

Homework Help for Reluctant Children

How parents can create a nightly homework ritual that works for everyone

Family Education's Homework Help Resources

This school year, help your child complete his assignments and improve his study skills and grades with new strategies and methods for homework success.

Do you Struggle with Knowing the Academic Content in Order to Help Your Child with Their Homework? Check out the Websites Below by Clicking on the Images!

Check out More Homework Resources Below!

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CentroMed's Family Cooking & Nutrition Classes

Join these classes to learn:

  • cook healthy foods at home;
  • taste and try new recipes
  • stretch your budget to save money
  • select, buy and eat a variety of healthy foods
  • increase physical activity.

When: Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: Centro Fitness, 5427 Ray Elllison Blvd.

How do I sign up? Call 210-334-3768

Download the flyer below for full details!

iParent SA Free Baby Shower

We understand preparing for baby’s arrival can be stressful. We would like to help make this transition easier for you by offering FREE parenting tips, diapers and wipes!

Please RSVP by contacting

iParent SA, Justin Pruski, at:

210-212-2522 or

Who: Expecting mothers and families with babies up to 3 months of age are welcome to attend

When: September 30th from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Where: 1209 S. St. Mary’s St., 78210

We will be serving a light lunch and giving away door prizes!

**Limited space available, please RSVP by September 27th**

Winston Learning Series: Walking in the Shoes of a Child with Learning Disabilities

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019

Time: 9am - 12pm

Location: Winston School San Antonio Campus (8565 Ewing Halsell Drive; SATX 78229)

This intense, interactive workshop gives attendees a first-hand understanding of the difficulties students with reading and language disabilities encounter.

This event is free and open to the public! Space is limited to 90 attendees.

To attend, RSVP here!

Presented in conjunction with Trinity University

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Personal Networks: Creating Community for People with Disabilities

You are invited to a FREE presentation and discussion to learn about personal networks and how this powerful tool can help self-advocates and families raising a son or daughter who has a disability.

Topics include:

• Consider different strategies for starting a network, such as a Transition Action Group (TAG), a buddy support, on your own, or with a TxNC facilitator

• Explore barriers to starting a network

• Identify potential network members

• Learn the stages of network development

• Collaborate with other parents and self-advocates who may want to have a network

• Assess needs and wishes for a network, exploring possible short and long-term network goals

• Hear stories about new and established networks

• Develop a plan for next steps in developing a network for

yourself or your son or daughter

Personal networks provide a structure of on-going support for a person with a disability during the course of that person’s life and even after his or her parents are unable to provide care. Personal networks create a circle of family and friends around a person with a disability to expand the number of people in his or her life. Personal networks also help people with disabilities explore their interests and abilities so they can enjoy them with other people.

To Register go to:

For questions, contact Adriana Valadez at 512-458-8600 or

Learn about other resources available on the TxNC website at

Download the full flyer below to learn more!

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Questions? Comments? Feedback?

Click HERE if you can't access the form above and you'd like to leave Kimberly a comment, question or other feedback. Thanks!

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Kimberly Baumgardner, Consultant, Education Service Center, Region 20

Kimberly has worked in the field of special education for 19 years. She has been on staff at ESC-20 for 10 years. She spent 7 years as a special education curriculum specialist and is currently the Family Engagement Consultant.

Kimberly has become quite passionate about empowering families to be more involved in their child's education and future as well as challenging and supporting schools to increase their efforts to involve families in their child's educational journey and focus on Family Engagement as an instructional tool that improves student's academic outcomes.

Kimberly enjoys living out in the country with her husband, Tyson and two daughters, Lynette & Lucy Sue.