One of the most difficult parts of raising kids is motivating them to do their best work. Adolescents can be externally motivated (like when you take their smartphone away from them until they get their grades up to an accept... Read more
Music is a powerful tool to help a young child learn. It blends movement and rhythm with words and rhyme to increase phonemic awareness.
Music helps young children naturally cross “over the midline” to understand ... Read more
Many families are spending hours watching the Sochi Olympics. It is amazing to see world-class athletes from so many different countries competing against one another. Several of the medal wi... Read more
Understanding addition and subtraction and strategies involving the number 10 are crucial components of Common Core Math Standards. Easy recall of various ways to add and subtract 10 is also an important part of early math fl... Read more
It’s been a challenging winter with record-breaking low temperatures and plenty of snow. Right about now, most families are wishing for spring—and the last thing they need is a cold or the flu invading their home.... Read more
In nearly 30 years of teaching school, I have seen hundreds of cases where parents involve themselves in their adolescents’ problems. Sometimes, that’s the right thing to do because the problem is too great for a ... Read more
Recently, a mom shared with me that her daughter was showing signs of being a “reluctant reader.” As an avid reader herself, the mom had difficulty understanding why her child wasn’t embracing books and stor... Read more
Scientists have known for a long time that children who are raised in a stimulating environment learn more easily than those who are not. Children need toys to play with, puzzles to solve, and to interact with other people. A... Read more
Homework is a part of every student’s school experience, starting as early as preschool. Yet sometimes it can be a source of stress for busy families.
Here are seven strategies to help alleviate that stress and create s... Read more
Multiple choice and true/false tests are often evaluated using bubble-type, machine-scored forms. This is extremely helpful for teachers who have lots of papers to grade. But students who have visual-motor integration problem... Read more