Turning Pages: Exploring the Initial Steps in a Child's Reading

Posted by Susan Ferrari on Feb 16, 2019 10:00:00 AM


What’s the one thing that can make the biggest difference in getting your little one ready for school and a life of successful learning?  It’s simple, fun, and provides hours of quality time:  IT'S READING!

From an educational preparedness point of view, one of the best things you can do for your young children is to sit on the floor with them in your lap and read book after book together.  Here are a few tips to creatively create some great reading time at home or on the move.

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Topics: Reading, Child Development, Helpful Tips

Encouraging Curiosity and Why it’s Essential

Posted by Rachel Urbina on Aug 28, 2018 4:40:00 PM

Have you ever wondered why your toddler’s favorite word seems to be ‘why?’ Have your older children lost their curious drive or do they no longer ‘care’ why something is the way it is? You may have even been told that ‘Curiosity killed the cat,’ but let’s look at some reasons why curiosity should be encouraged and fostered in our children.

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Topics: Parenting, Child Development, Curiosity

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