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Very often parents want to volunteer in their child’s classroom—and that’s a great idea! Classroom involvement is beneficial in many ways. When you volunteer, you:
subtly reinforce the importance of school ... Read more
Using fine motor activities involving hand and finger movements is a great way to get a young child to practice and remember number concepts.
Here are two easy ways to mesh fine motor and simple math readiness skills for your... Read more
When I first began my teaching career, kindergarten was a half-day program and primarily focused on play and socialization. Wow, have those days changed!
Today, many kindergartens are on a full-day schedule and are much more ... Read more
Young students usually first learn simple “cvc” words—consonant, vowel, consonant. These are simple three-letter words such as cat, pet, hid, hop, and cub. Three-letter words help a young reader learn as he ... Read more
Estimation is an important math skill because it allows for a reasonable guess before something is actually measured or counted. Coming “close enough” to the actual number is a real accomplishment, and part of hig... Read more
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
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
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
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
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