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Parents of students in kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade may be aware of using “nonsense” words in teaching phonics and reading. Many school districts are using Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DI... Read more
So your young elementary student is down with the flu, or a really bad cold.
SchoolFamily.com has an excellent article, Make School Sick Days Less Stressful, that offers wise advice in dealing with childhood sick days.
I thou... Read more
This informal 12-point checklist will help you determine if your 2nd grader is on schedule academically at the halfway mark of the school year. Common Core skills are fashioned to be taught sequentially, building on skills fr... Read more
Below is an informal 12-point checklist for your 1st grade child at the midyear mark. Use this to measure six important math and six important English/Language Arts skills that are crucial to 1st grade progress. As a 1st grad... Read more
Most schools have recently passed or are fast approaching the halfway mark in the 2012-13 school year. At this point, it’s important for parents to know if their kindergarten child is also halfway through the required a... Read more
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