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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
You can help get your young child ready for kindergarten reading by practicing three simple skills this summer:
1. Recognizing and naming all uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
2. Understanding that ... Read more
The National Common Core Standards are sequential skills from kindergarten through high school. They are comprehensive, purposeful instruction to promote student achievement in both English/language arts and mathematics. The... Read more
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