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Combining poetry and play is a great way to strengthen language and literacy skills in a melodic and lyrical way.
One of my favorite poems is Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "The Swing."
When my own children were young, we w... Read more
Every June I am reminded what a magical year First Grade is in a child’s academic life. I’m reminded by the inspiring words of my students and their parents.
"She taught me how to read and now I love it!" wrote ... Read more
Our city’s librarian came to visit our school this week. She wanted to tell the children about summer reading programs that are available, free of charge. Each child went home with a brochure explaining the upcoming p... Read more
Parents want to know how to keep academic skills sharp, while enjoying the slower pace of summer. One way is to make a "Summer Fun Contract" with your child.
Here’s what to do:
Together, make a list of favorite summer... Read more
Here is a special way to help your child remember the fun of their Kindergarten or First Grade school year. Try making a "Memory Book" together. By asking a few simple questions, you can help your child create a "published... Read more
Are you traveling with young children this holiday weekend? If so, here are some easy reading and math games that will keep your children entertained, while reinforcing skills.
An adult says four words, three t... Read more
Young readers enjoy stories more when they can relate to characters, settings, or actions of the plot. Teachers call this a "self-to-text" connection. Children envision it as being "part" of the story.
Making a "self-to-tex... Read more
Are you facing the decision of whether your young child should repeat their school grade?
The goal of repeating a grade is to give a student extra time to grow, mature, and master grade level skills that were missed the first... Read more
I asked my First Graders to write a story about "why their Mom was special to them." We talked about writing "from your heart." I told them how their words could be better than a "million dollar gift," and a keepsake that th... Read more
By the end of first grade students should know how to tell time to the hour and half-hour, on both an analogical and digital clock. This is sometimes a difficult skill for them to master, especially transitioning from a clo... Read more