May
16
2010

Is Your Child Ready for Summer Camp?

It’s that time of year when the weather is warming up, the kids are getting restless waiting for school to let out for the summer, and parents are looking into summer camp options.  Is your child really ready for summer camp?  Once you make that decision, how do you choose?  The first and obvious question …Related Posts:No Related Posts Found

May
10
2010

Ways to Use Writer’s Notebooks

  Writer’s notebooks are typically used in the classroom to house ideas, favorite quotes, and just general nuggets of information.  At any time, the information within these notebooks may be turned into a writing piece.  I like to encourage my own children to view writing as a fun, active form of communication.  I also like to encourage …Related Posts:Essay writing tipsMinimal Marking: A Humane and Practical ApproachYour Child’s Writing LifeWays To Raise a WriterHow To Memorize [...]

May
8
2010

Retention: A Gift of Time

   It’s that time of year when some parents will be hearing the words that they just don’t want to hear, “Your child needs to be retained and repeat the school year.”  For most it shouldn’t be a surprise.  The teacher has mentioned in conferences, phone calls and notes home that the student is working below …Related Posts:When Your Child Needs to be Retained

May
1
2010

Teacher Appreciation

 May 7-11th is National Teacher Appreciation Week.  All over the country schools and PTAs will be celebrating teachers and all they do to educate children.  Take time out this weekend to put some thought into all the time and effort your child’s teacher puts forth to help your child, and how you can show your thanks …Related Posts:No Related Posts Found

Apr
29
2010

Setting Up A Home Library

Are you familiar with We Teach? Amy, the founder of teachmama where she shares ways she sneaks learning into every day with her family, being the awesome teachmama that she is, created We Teach a couple of months ago. It is growing by leaps and bounds! We Teach is a place where parents and educators …Related Posts:Book Review The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens Five Ways to Read with Your ToddlerSomeday by Allison McGheeBooks that [...]

Apr
25
2010

Tutoring below level readers

I am going to work with one of my daughters over the summer. She is in the 4th grade but on a 1st grade level. Do you have any ideas on something I can work on with her? You posted your question in response to a post I had on learning sight words so I am …Related Posts:Helping Your Child Transition from Easy Readers to Chapter BooksTales From 1st GradeApps that Help Kids with GSP4th [...]

Apr
24
2010

Helping Your Child Choose a “Just Right” Book

Often times parents have difficulty determining if a book is at the right reading level for their child.  When in doubt, I recommend using the Five Finger Rule.                                       The Five Finger Rule Have your child choose a book he wants to read. Ask your child to open to a page in the middle of the book and …Related Posts:Making and Choosing the Right BooksHelping Your Child Transition from Easy Readers to Chapter BooksTales From [...]

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