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
28
2009

Do You Know What’s Playing on Your Child’s iPod?

My kids are going around the house all day singing the song “I Got That Boom Boom Pow” by the Black Eyed Peas.  Is  there  anything wrong with that? I’d heard parts of this song on the radio and when I saw this question, it started playing on repeat in my head. It’s such a catchy tune that …Related Posts:No Related Posts Found

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
7
2009

Should You Be Your Child’s Facebook Friend?

As a teacher, I’ve given advice to parents for years. Although not “new” in today’s fast paced technical revolution, social networking sites and the discussion regarding the pros and cons of parental involvement hadn’t really struck me as particularly important until this photo sparked (sorry) my interest. I am concerned about those of you who …Related Posts:10 Tips for Surviving the Family Reunion With Kids

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

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