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Reading is like playing an instrument: Without practice, you’ll get rusty.
Each summer, when my husband was a young boy in elementary school, my mother-in-law, Mimi, would find age appropriate books that would intere... Read more
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Taking academic risks and making mistakes are both essential to learning.
Recently, in my 1st grade class, we were w... Read more
If you're the parent of a child completing 1st or 2nd grade, how do you know if your child has mastered the skills necessary for moving up to the next grade? The following academic checklist can help. While it isn't a compre... Read more
For most students, the school year is coming to an end in the next few weeks. But as a parent, how do you know if your child is prepared for the next phase? Here is a simple checklist for your preschool or kindergarten child... Read more
Academic “redshirting” (holding children back so that they're older when entering kindergarten) has been a hot topic lately. But, many years ago, before the term redshirting was borrowed from college football and ... Read more
Moms, I’m here to let you know that all those little things you do for your children are noticed!
During these past two weeks, my 1st grade class has been preparing for our annual “Mother’s Day Tribute.&rdqu... Read more
In the beginning of May, I highly recommend that all parents ask their child’s teacher a very important question: “Is my child on grade level?” If the answer is no, there is still enough time left in the sch... Read more
April is National Poetry Month and this Thursday, April 26, is “Poem in Your Pocket Day.” Both are national celebrations of poetry whereby adults and children are encouraged to share a poem with someone.
Introduci... Read more
Remember how lovely it was to get a beautifully handwritten note from a friend? Some people say that letter writing is a lost art but I’m here to say it’s alive and well—at least in the 1st grade!
For the pa... Read more
Is your refrigerator covered in colorful magnetic letters? If so, put those letters to work! Magnetic letters are a great tool to help your young reader practice sight words, spelling, and reading.
In my classroom we ha... Read more