I believe in the Common Core State Standards. Schools need a framework to help their students achieve college and career ready goals. This framework should be clear, rigorous, and equitable for each grade level. This is espec... Read more
Looking for some creative educational activities to occupy young children on stormy days? To have some genuine parent/child fun together, simply look to books. The following are favorites of kindergarten and 1st grade student... Read more
In early education, our schools focus primarily on reading, writing, and math. While these are obviously important tangible skills, there are other aspects to educating young children that are much more subtle. How do we teac... Read more
I had another post all ready to go for this week…then the unthinkable happened in Newtown, Conn. This is such a horrific tragedy, especially for the families of the victims. It is also a pivotal event for American teac... Read more
As we are all aware, parents today are stretched in many different directions. Obligations at work, demands of home and family, and the stress of the holiday season can be difficult. Combined with text messages, tweets, email... Read more
Understanding basic addition and subtraction facts provides a tremendous advantage to kindergarten and 1st grade students.
The more a young child can quickly and accurately make addition and subtraction combinations mentally... Read more
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