Browsing articles in "Early Childhood Issues"
Jan
1
2010

Reading Strategies for Beginners

My daughter is in grade 1. She is bringing home little books to practice reading with us. We also have lots of books around our house and I notice that she is starting to pick them up and read them. She loves to read and seems quite confident. I know it all sounds great but …Related Posts:How to Encourage a Struggling LearnerHand Print HeartWhat Makes Kindergarten Teachers Crazy? Five Ways to Read with Your ToddlerWhen [...]

Dec
13
2009

Making and Choosing the Right Books

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:Someday by Allison McGheeHelping Your Child Choose a “Just Right” BookHelping Your Child Transition from Easy Readers to Chapter [...]

Dec
6
2009

LET BOYS BE BOYS – BUT LET THEM BE GENTLEMAN TOO

I am the mother of three boys, ages three, five and eight. They are constantly pushing each other around and fighting to be first at whatever they do. I feel like I’m a general in the army that has to go around shouting orders all the time. Any ideas to help me get some piece …Related Posts: Advice From 1st Grade for Presidential DebatersHand Print HeartWhat Makes Kindergarten Teachers Crazy? Five Ways to Read with [...]

Nov
22
2009

Phonemic Awareness and Reading Readiness

I am looking for some help.  Recently I attended an Open House at my daughter’s school.  The kindergarten teacher mentioned the skills that children would be working on during the year.  She didn’t get into specifics in each area.  One thing that she mentioned was, “phonemic awareness.”  I am not sure what that is or …Related Posts:How to Encourage a Struggling LearnerThe 40 Best iPad Apps for Young Learners When Your Child Needs to be [...]

Nov
1
2009

Calming An Aggressive Child

My four year- old son is really aggressive when I take him on play dates. He pushes other kids down and takes toys from them without asking. Any suggestions? Consistency is the key to good behavior.  Every time you observe these aggressive actions stop what you’re doing and pull him out of the situation for a …Related Posts:Hand Print HeartWhat Makes Kindergarten Teachers Crazy? Five Ways to Read with Your ToddlerWhen Your Child Needs to [...]

Oct
24
2009

Teaching Fluency When Reading

I was at my daughter’s open house at her school and the teacher kept talking about “fluency.” Everyone seemed to know what it was (but me) so I was too embarrassed to ask. What is fluency? “Fluency” is an educator’s term which basically means the ability to read text quickly and accurately while comprehending the content. …Related Posts:How to Encourage a Struggling Learner

Oct
10
2009

Helping Your Child Learn To Read

I thought kindergarten was all about socialization. However that seems to have changed and learning to read seems to be a priority. What can I do at home to help my son succeed? In addition to the homework assignments your son’s teacher may give him, there are millions of ways in which you can foster your …Related Posts:Puppets: A Fresh Approach to Storytelling The 40 Best iPad Apps for Young Learners What Makes Kindergarten Teachers [...]

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