Preventing the Summer Slide For Your Young Elementary Student

Posted by Tamara Cupples on Jul 11, 2017 3:30:00 PM

For my siblings and I, summer days at home took on a familiar structure.  Before any technology was turned on we had a list of activities that must first be completed. Reading was at the top of that list, along with bible stories, age-appropriate chores, outside play, and time to create (writing, arts and crafts, etc).  

There is a tendency during the summer for children to slip out of practice exercising the skills they learned throughout the year. As a teacher, I share with my student’s parents that there is a simple solution to preventing the summer slide for their young elementary student. Here are my suggestions:

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Topics: Summer, Reading, Writing

Best Practices for Reading & Writing

Posted by Ellen Bennett on Apr 21, 2017 3:00:00 PM

As our children reach the middle school years (sixth-eighth grade), they are presented with another level of learning when it comes to reading and writing. As their knowledge expands, opportunity is given for their skills to grow. As Parents, we may wonder, “How can we help our children with this transition?  Are there certain practices that will enable them to thrive in this season?”

To help answer those questions, here are some important highlights to consider throughout their middle school years when it comes to writing and reading.

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Topics: Reading

How to Make Read-Aloud Time With Your Child A Special Event

Posted by Cathy Towner on Mar 23, 2017 10:39:10 AM

Do you want to spend more time with your child, build up their reading skills, and help them learn to love books? You can do all three when you read aloud to them. Not only will this strengthen your bond, but it will give your child a jump start in literacy skills. While you are entertaining your child, they are not only learning alongside you, but you both are spending precious moments together.

Here are some suggestions on how this time could be spent with one another:

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Topics: Reading

How to Make Read-Aloud Time With Your Child A Special Event

Posted by Cathy Towner on Mar 17, 2017 3:55:00 PM

Do you want to spend more time with your child, build up their reading skills, and help them learn to love books? You can do all three when you read aloud to them. Not only will this strengthen your bond, but it will give your child a jump start in literacy skills. While you are entertaining your child, they are not only learning alongside you, but you both are spending precious moments together.

Here are some suggestions on how this time could be spent with one another:

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Topics: Reading

10 Ways to Make Spelling Fun For Your Child

Posted by Jessica Bradford on Feb 3, 2017 4:18:17 PM

 

Have you, as a parent, ever found studying spelling with your child a frustrating experience? Most kids do not jump at the opportunity to study and sometimes forcing the issue leads to trouble with a capital T!  Well, many parents are just like you and as a teacher, I believe learning spelling should - and can - be fun, especially at a young age. The truth is there are lots of tricks to make spelling much more interesting and engaging for the kids.  Here are some helpful ideas that we often use in class that make learning exciting and interactive in the process. When you make it a game, it stops being studying and becomes an fun activity. That’s the key!

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Topics: Reading, Child Development

The 5 E’s to Igniting the Spark in Your Child’s Reading

Posted by Erin Rose on Jan 27, 2017 4:00:00 PM

 

As teachers, we are constantly assessing what works, what doesn’t work, and how would we change things to make them better. This school year, I decided to dig deep and make some changes where I could spark interest in my students when it came to reading.

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Topics: Reading, Child Development