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Join our bloggers as they share their experiences on the challenges and joys of helping children succeed in school.
Many people ask me to help them understand why their child is having trouble learning in school. This is a very complicated question! Many things have to happen before learning can occur.
The first step in the learning pro... Read more
Closing out this week with some good news and some good reads! We are happy to announce the 2 winners of the Summer Reading List Sweepstakes. Congrats go to:
Gina Lovejoy from California
Shelly Rogers from Missouri
Jud... Read more
Play is a great tool for learning, and summer is the time to easily blend play with academic skills.
Here are some simple ways to turn play into valuable learning experiences.
At the beach:
Let your child use a stick to prac... Read more
There is nothing like a real-life experience to make you want to learn something new. In the education world, we call this "authentic learning." My grandsons found a pill bug (sowbug, roly-poly bug) under the house where we... Read more
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