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Join our bloggers as they share their experiences on the challenges and joys of helping children succeed in school.
We can all benefit from a stronger mind/body connection. This is particularly true for young learners.
A few years ago I learned a simple program from the occupational therapists in our school. It is called "Brain Gym" and ... Read more
When young children begin to read they love to go to the library and choose their own books. Yet, parents often wonder how a child can pick out a book on their own that is appropriate for their reading level.
Here is a simpl... Read more
I think "sticky notes" are one of the world’s greatest inventions! Their educational uses can be fun and creative. Young children love working with them. Here are four ways to use these helpful notes to inspire read... Read more
Although reading and math are two separate subjects there is a strong connection between the two. Helping your child improve their math vocabulary will in turn help them improve their math comprehension.
Here are three easy ... Read more
Collaborating with colleagues is a great way for professionals to exchange successful ideas. Recently, I met with my college friend, Elaine Scott, who is a retired first grade teacher. Of course we were "talking shop" and ... Read more
Would you like to have your child read with confidence and increased comprehension? Here are five simple ideas to accomplish this:
When your young child gets a new book, or revisits an old favorite book, let him look throug... Read more
Looking for fun ways to keep your young child actively engaged in learning over February vacation? Here are two simple activities for you. One will help with reading skills, and the other is for math. While these activities c... Read more
Children are great story tellers. It’s wonderful to listen to their detail, expression, and language when they speak of important events in their lives. I often point out to my students that writing a good story is just... Read more
Being a good reader does not necessarily mean that a child will be a good writer. Writing stories is a learned skill, and sometimes the best readers are reluctant writers. The key is to start simply, so that the art of writ... Read more
In a recent weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal, (January 8-9, 2011) I read an article that soon started a nationwide controversy. The headline read "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior." It was the story of Yale Law Prof... Read more