Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are clear and defined templates of skills that students should be learning at each grade level. They have been written for K-12 students in both English/Language Arts and Mathematics.... Read more
Young students should be able to write, or at least copy, short notes. What better opportunity to hone their writing skills than sending thank-you notes in the days prior to Thanksgiving?
Brighten someone’... Read more
Understanding addition and subtraction within the number 20 is a First Grade Common Core goal. Here is an easy and fun way to help your child practice these skills to increase math fluency.
Start with addition, until ... Read more
We all use words in four main ways: 1.) to listen; 2.) to speak; 3.) to read; and 4.) to write.
Talking and reading to young children are methods that parents and caregivers can use to develop sounds and vocabulary. Young st... Read more
While there are many articles covering the exchange of information at parent-teacher conferences, some recent developments should also be stressed.
“Common Core Standards” are now federal mandated models fo... Read more
With our presidential election less than a month away, we are bombarded with images and messages regarding who to vote for on November 6. Children can’t vote, but they do have the important right to know exactly what&r... Read more
Children love Halloween! It’s a time of great excitement and anticipation for young students. Starting early in the school year they see costumes, decorations, candy, and all other things Halloween in stores and ad... Read more
As your elementary-age child settles into the new year, schools typically schedule an open house or “meet the teacher” night. This is an important event to attend, if your schedule allows.
It’s important be... Read more
Now that school is in session your young child is learning new skills every day. Here are some simple ways to reinforce and practice those skills as part of your family’s routines:
Count backwards. While w... Read more
Every new school year is full of challenges for students, parents, teachers, and administrators.
I’m excited to report that this will be a very different school year for me. For the first time in 25 years, I’m not... Read more