Jul
16
2015

Fantastic Fairy Houses

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2013-04-19 06.26.36

One of the best things about summer is that children get a chance to explore outside of school. Exploring nature and the woods can lead to all kinds of exciting discoveries. Children are natural collectors. Egg cartons make a great holder for rock collections but with a little imagination Fairy Houses can be the ultimate …Related Posts:Classroom Talk Summer Reading 2013!Three Fun and Educational Things to do with Your Kids this Summer4th Graders Review of [...]

Jun
11
2015

How to Keep Your Child Reading Over Summer Vacation

School is out and summer vacation can be a time when skills slip a little.  If you focus on activities that are fun and fit a more relaxed schedule, you can keep your blossoming readers reading without burn out. Two of the most important things that you can do to keep reading skills sharp during the …Related Posts:Not Your Average Summer Reading ListHow to Keep Your Child Reading This Summer:Classroom Talk Summer Reading 2013!Book Review [...]

Oct
23
2014

Making and Choosing the Right Books for a Beginning Reader

My son is in the first grade.  He is bringing home little books to practice reading.  He seems to be able to read these books.  I went to our small local book store to look for the same type of book to buy him for Christmas and also just to get him extra books for …Related Posts:How to Encourage a Struggling LearnerWhat Makes Kindergarten Teachers Crazy? Five Ways to Read with Your ToddlerWhen Your Child [...]

Oct
11
2014

How Elementary School Students Eat Lunch

As I walk through the cafeteria each day at school I am often amazed by the home made lunches I see.  A lot of parents obviously feel that a lunch made at home is better than one purchased at school, but sadly this is often not the case.  Busy schedules and an unawareness of proper …Related Posts:Don’t Let Your Child Be A Compulsive Eater

Sep
27
2014

Helping Your Child Transition from Easy Readers to Chapter Books

My daughter is in grade 2.  She is a good reader but we have a problem.  Many of her friends are now reading chapter books.  She wants to read them too but seems to be very nervous when she brings one home.  I am sure that that she can read them but I don’t know …Related Posts:Five Ways to Motivate ReadersReading Comprehension for Eight to Twelve Year OldsMaking and Choosing the Right Books for a [...]

Sep
20
2014

The 10 School Supplies Your Child Needs

1. Personal Hand Sanitizer It’s likely to be a bad flu season. Teach your child to use it frequently and always before lunch and after recess. 2. Antibacterial Wipes Do the poor teacher a favor and send a container to school so she can wipe off desks and other germy surfaces in the classroom. 3. Label Maker Label every lunch …Related Posts:Teaching Your College Student to Shop in a Tight EconomyThe 10 School Supplies No [...]

Sep
19
2014

Talking to Teachers About Disabilities and Illness

My daughter has JRA (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis) and has flare ups form time to time that make normal school activities like writing, participating in PE or carrying her backpack much harder for her. We’ve had to deal with plenty of school absences, surprise doctors’ appointments and everything else that goes along with having a kid …Related Posts:How to Engage StudentsAdvice about talking to teachers about disabilities/illnessHelping Your Child Transition from Easy Readers to Chapter BooksThe [...]

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