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Join our bloggers as they share their experiences on the challenges and joys of helping children succeed in school.
When children are very young, they can only think about concrete things—objects they can actually see or touch. The curriculum in early elementary school begins with things that are concrete. For example, science instru... Read more
With our presidential election less than a month away, we are bombarded with images and messages regarding who to vote for on November 6. Children can’t vote, but they do have the important right to know exactly what&r... 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
Does your middle school child love birds, but then he gets frustrated when trying to identify them? Many children do. Unfortunately, field guides that help identify birds can be really hard to use, especially for children who... Read more
It seems like missing one day of school would not be that big of a deal. Some parents feel free to keep their children out of school fairly often (even when they are not sick). It is appropriate to keep your child home if th... 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
Ever since writing my earlier blog post about whether we really need to teach cursive handwriting, Do Children Still Need to Learn Cursive?, I have been thinking more about it. Many parents are concerned that their children a... Read more
In the beginning of May, I highly recommend that all parents ask their child’s teacher a very important question: “Is my child on grade level?” If the answer is no, there is still enough time left in the sch... Read more
April is National Poetry Month and this Thursday, April 26, is “Poem in Your Pocket Day.” Both are national celebrations of poetry whereby adults and children are encouraged to share a poem with someone.
Introduci... Read more
Remember how lovely it was to get a beautifully handwritten note from a friend? Some people say that letter writing is a lost art but I’m here to say it’s alive and well—at least in the 1st grade!
For the pa... Read more