This year in my 1st grade class, I have been using a terrific new concept passed along to me by my colleague, Kathy. This idea greatly helps our students master their weekly spelling assignments. In both of our 1st grade clas... Read more
There are only a few weeks left of this school year. Students everywhere are looking forward to summer, and it’s hard to stay focused on school. It is important, however, to finish strong for more than just making this ... Read more
When young authors start to write, they are sometimes confused about where to begin. Often, having one good idea gets them going! Here are six ways to let the author in your child bloom.
Use a traditional pattern: Suggest th... Read more
Parents need to be mindful of how their children are feeling when the news is full of frightening events. Stories about violent protests, natural disasters, and political turmoil are prominent on every news source. Adolescent... Read more
The ability to compare and contrast between fiction and nonfiction, or elements of a story, significantly increases your child’s reading comprehension.
When comparing, students are thinking about how things are alike. W... Read more
Many schools are going “one-to-one,” which means every student has a laptop or tablet on which to work. While there are tremendous advantages of having access to electronic devices in school, there are some potent... Read more
Subtraction is often a difficult concept for young children to grasp. Yet it is very important for math comprehension and problem-solving.
Here are three easy and fun ways to reinforce this all-important math skill:
Start by... Read more
Paying attention in class is a challenge for many children. This is especially true late in the day when students have been sitting in class all day long and are ready for a break. It also relates to each student’s inte... Read more
Parents often worry when young children keep reversing letters and numbers in their written work.
When young children first begin to print, it is very common for them to reverse letters and numbers. The most common are b, d, ... Read more