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Subtraction is often a difficult concept for young children to grasp. Yet it is very important for math comprehension and problem-solving.
Here are three easy and fun ways to reinforce this all-important math skill:
Start by... Read more
Parents often worry when young children keep reversing letters and numbers in their written work.
When young children first begin to print, it is very common for them to reverse letters and numbers. The most common are b, d, ... Read more
Does your young child have trouble understanding directions? An easy way to help remedy this problem is to practice directional and positional words each day.
Around the house, in the car, and in the yard, there are always go... Read more
At parent-teacher conferences, I’m often asked what you do with 25 1st graders all day long. Or parents ask me just how much time is devoted to the different subjects I teach.
While there is no such thing as a typical d... Read more
Now that spring has finally arrived, it’s time to introduce some simple science fun and new science language into your young child’s life. Watching planted seeds come to life before their very eyes is exciting for... Read more
Getting young students to write good stories is a challenge. Most youngsters can tell a great story, but are reluctant writers. I tell my students that writing is simply “telling” a story on paper. If you can tell... Read more
Using an abacus for calculating numbers predates our modern system of writing numbers on paper or other materials. Its origin can be traced back to the very early civilizations of Persia, China, and Egypt. This simple device ... Read more
At PTO meetings or parent conferences, you might have heard the term “schema” (pronounced SKEE-mah) and its importance in reading comprehension. What exactly is “schema?” Simply put, schema is backgrou... Read more
March 2 is always a special day in early childhood education. This year it was the 111th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss is the beloved author of such childhood classic books as Hop on P... Read more
Sorting and classifying are early elements of math. Understanding patterns in general is the beginning of algebra. Young children can be taught to sort by color, shape, size, etc. They can learn to manipulate and create... Read more