Join our bloggers as they share their experiences on the challenges and joys of helping children succeed in school.
One of the easiest ways to help your child practice writing this summer is to make a "Vacation Memory Book."
If you are going away on vacation, or just taking short day trips to the beach with your child this summer, this is ... Read more
Summertime writing projects are a great time to work on proofreading skills. My students hate to proofread their work! I guess it's because it takes longer to finish it if they take the time to proof it. However, it is a w... Read more
When young children first begin to write stories they often get frustrated, and need help spelling the "big words." Here is a way to help your child overcome this obstacle and let creative writing flow.
You will need:
A sta... Read more
Some of my summer school students feel like accepting my help means I am doing the work for them. They would rather turn in lower quality work and do it totally by themselves. This is admirable -- that they want to do the w... Read more
Combining poetry and play is a great way to strengthen language and literacy skills in a melodic and lyrical way.
One of my favorite poems is Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "The Swing."
When my own children were young, we w... Read more
Parents sometimes feel guilty about spending money on one child who needs extra help and not spending the same amount of money on their other children -- or, not having the money to spend on the others. Tutors, special summe... Read more
Last night I went to a mom’s night out. You know, the night where you go to connect with other moms, get a break from the kids and where, inevitably, all conversation turns to talking about your kids. Last night&... Read more
Some children struggle with memory. This is especially true when learning something brand new when there isn’t already similar learning in memory. But, according to Dr. Gary Brannigan and Dr. Howard Margolis, there is... Read more
Every June I am reminded what a magical year First Grade is in a child’s academic life. I’m reminded by the inspiring words of my students and their parents.
"She taught me how to read and now I love it!" wrote ... Read more
Reading programs at your local library are an awesome way to get your kids to read over the summer. But not all kids are inspired to read by these programs. Some just need that extra nudge. Turning reading into an adve... Read more