Young children learn to read at different speeds and through different kinds of instruction. Just as every child is unique, every child will have their own learning path and process.
Two methods of teaching reading are often debated: phonics-based literacy instruction and whole-language literacy instruction. Though both have their own distinct value, phonics-based literacy instruction often proves to be the most effective approach.
Social media, smartphone technology, and similar platforms have made it easier than ever to connect and communicate globally. Increased attention has been placed on such mediums for student interaction. While many schools have banned any form of web-based devices and technology in the classroom for privacy and safety concerns, a number of teachers are incorporating […]
The need to teach children how to rely on technological resources when learning new skills is increasing. Kids must become more adept in using the web and other tools to conduct research, evaluate informational sources, and collect data, among other things. Thus, technology in the kindergarten classroom is essential for giving early learners a good […]
As parents, we all have similar goals for our children. We want them to be happy and healthy. We want them to be successful at something they love. We want them to be kind and to make the world a better place, even if it’s in some small way right in their own neighborhood. In […]
Guest post by Lauren Cormier When was the last time you sent your kids outside, then lost track of their whereabouts for several hours? What’s that? Never? I know I certainly haven’t. Even the woods behind our home, the ones our three kids are always eager to explore, seem like something I should keep off-limits. My […]
Whether homeschooling a child or simply making an effort to ensure that children are being suitably challenged in class, it is vital to learn and understand what children in each grade are expected to know. Similarly, knowing what your child will be expected to learn in kindergarten gives you valuable information about whether your child is developmentally […]
Everywhere you turn, Blended Learning and Flipped Classrooms seem to be the hot topic. There also seems to be some confusion about their definitions. Are they in fact the same? THE DEFINITIONS The Flipped Classroom is a part of Blended Learning, but has a different focus. Blended Learning – The focus of blended learning is to […]
We’ve all seen the articles chronicling the changes that have occurred in various cultural realms over the past 40 years: Parenting in 1970 vs Parenting in 2016 College in the ’70s vs College Today My Summers as a ’70s Kid Compared to My Kids’ Summers Now These humorous articles usually have a nostalgic feel, the […]
It may seem odd to think about the start of kindergarten with eight months to go until the next school year, but some school systems are already busy enrolling students. If your child is eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall, you may have concerns about whether or not he’s ready. Simply being the right age is not […]
We all know about the American Dream; that belief that despite our situation or the hand we’ve been dealt, all it takes is some hard work to achieve a better life. Can We Bridge the Gap Between Rich and Poor? Although we live in the land of opportunity and we often hear the success stories […]
According to The Columbus Dispatch analysis (September 22, 2013), data from state standardized exams show even if students come from affluent families or attend highly rated schools, black students in Ohio continue to lag far behind their white peers in school. On more than two-dozen state tests given to students in kindergarten through high school last year, the […]
By 2014, 45 American states will stop teaching cursive writing in favor of keyboard proficiency. Read More Teaching cursive is not even required in the Common Core curriculum standards in the US, instead the focus is on analytical and computer-based skills. Is cursive writing an outdated practice? Should we stop teaching cursive writing in our schools? […]
Reading a book about The Very Hungry Caterpillar, creating your very own butterfly with paper and crayons is nothing compared to actually seeing a butterfly right before your very eyes. What if learning could always be this real and hands on without going on a field trip or leaving your home or classroom? Imagine how […]
Is your child ready for kindergarten? School is officially over for most preschoolers. So now the BIG question, did your child’s preschool truly prepare your child for the skills they need for kindergarten or is the real work about to begin for you as the parent? Preparing Children for Kindergarten and Beyond When parents think […]