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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
Children love the spontaneous fun and pure joy of summertime. While the end of summer is bittersweet, now is the time to help your child capture wonderful summer memories, while practicing writing skills for a new schoo... Read more
In my 1st grade class, we spend the first few weeks of the new school year establishing classroom routines. These routines are both academic and organizational.
Routines are important because they give children a clear sense... Read more
The overall educational culture of your child’s school is an important role in school success. From the principal down through each grade level, there should be a clear school-wide plan for student success and aca... Read more
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are a wonderful opportunity for young students to see, up close and personal, the results of hard work and determination. It’s also a great way to make a connection between games and school... Read more
Here are 3 simple activities to help your child improve her fine motor skills. Fine motor skills develop muscles that allow her to draw, print, color, and successfully complete other physical activities. These games can be do... Read more
Motivating your young child to read during the summer can be a challenge. Here are 3 easy ideas to keep your child reading all summer, while subtly reinforcing the Common Core reading standards.
Connect reading to projects ... Read more