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Young readers need to acquire good comprehension skills. In order to do this, they need strategies that help them fully understand what they read.
Here are four simple strategies to help your young reader understand and appr... Read more
Tim Elmore, an expert on growing leadership in today’s youth, recently wrote, “…students who are emotionally fragile often struggle with addictive behavior…[a]ddictions [that] often begin as coping m... Read more
Dexterity, a good grip, and eye-hand coordination are abilities that all young students need in order to print legibly. These require fine motor skills, which means using smaller muscle groups in the hands, and fingers. Yet b... Read more
The ability to plan, initiate, and carry out daily activities takes place in the part of the brain just behind the forehead. We call this ability executive functioning. It involves the ability to be flexible, to control one&r... Read more
Summer is a wonderful time to introduce your young student to “simple science.” One great way to start is to encourage your child to become a “weather watcher.” After watching or listening to a local w... Read more
I started to write my blog this week about why there are so many students in middle and upper school who cannot write legibly. I was going to place the blame on lack of instruction, too little practice, or poor pencil grip. L... Read more
Most parents of young children have been bombarded with the “why” questions. “Why is the sky blue?” “Why do I have to eat these vegetables?” “Why can’t I breathe underwate... Read more
Children need to learn how to set reasonable goals for themselves. In the last few weeks, I have worked with several students who were disappointed in themselves and truly upset about how their final grades turned out. Their ... Read more
Recognizing coins and understanding their value are two separate and important skills. Young students cannot be expected to add and subtract mixed coins, then understand the different value of each one, if they don’t fi... Read more
Imagine a brand-new reading area at your school where students can sit in comfy beanbag chairs, relax, and read. Add to this: a stereo listening center and more than 1,000 books! Well, it can happen—if you let your scho... Read more