Mar
13
2010

Helping Your Child With A Research Report

    My third grade daughter loves school and works hard.  She does well once she gets familiar with a task and understands the expectations, but new tasks are difficult for her.  At this time in the school year she has now been given a new task.  She has to write a report and is very excited  because …Related Posts:No Related Posts Found

Mar
6
2010

Phonics vs. Sight Words

Should sight words be exclusively taught above phonics? I see the importance of these base words being learned by repetition, but my son’s K-5 teachers ONLY use sight words. My son had been working with me at home with phonics for over a year, but we stopped for a month when school began. It wasn’t …Related Posts:Apps that Help Kids with GSPAll About Learning Sight WordsHelping Your Child Transition from Easy Readers to Chapter BooksTales [...]

Mar
4
2010

Building Your Child’s Vocabulary

Whether it be in the mall, on the beach, or on the sidewalk, I’m thrilled whenever I hear parents interacting and engaging their babies and toddlers in conversation. Even if children can’t talk back, speaking to them from the moment they pop out into the world (some say even before that) will enhance their vocabulary …Related Posts:Hand Print HeartWhat Makes Kindergarten Teachers Crazy? Five Ways to Read with Your ToddlerWhen Your Child Needs to be [...]

Feb
28
2010

Easy Learning Games Using Magnetic Letters

Every family with preschool and primary age children should have a set of magnetic letters on their refrigerator.  They are a fun and easy teaching tool.  Here are a few activities for preschoolers: 1)   Make the names of people and animals in the family. 2)  Sort upper and lower case letters.  Pair and match upper and lower …Related Posts:When Your Child Needs to be RetainedHow to Encourage a Struggling LearnerHand Print HeartWhat Makes Kindergarten Teachers [...]

Feb
27
2010

What is a blend?

What is a “blend?” My son’s teacher says that he will learn to read faster if he knows them. A consonant blend is two or more consecutive consonants in a word whose sounds blend together. Although the sounds “blend” together, each sound is still heard. These are examples of a blend: fry, dress, swim and string. A …Related Posts:Five Ways to Motivate ReadersGreat Guest Post Video on Phonics by Mr. ThroneWhat Good Readers Do:Helping Your [...]

Feb
23
2010

Meeting the Needs of Your Gifted Child

My six year old son is far above the level of his classmates and is now being discouraged from “showing off” his intelligence by answering all the questions presented to the class. His social skills are not what they should be. I really worry that his mental advancement may cause more social damage than good. …Related Posts:Is Your Child Gifted?

Feb
21
2010

All About Learning Sight Words

I was wondering if you have suggestions for helping a student in the first grade learn sight words.  My son’s teacher sent home quite a long list of words that he needs to be able to read and write before the end of the year.  We have been practicing some of them and I am …Related Posts:Apps that Help Kids with GSPWhy Learning Sight Words is ImportantPhonics vs. Sight WordsHow To Memorize Spelling WordsHelping Your [...]

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