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  • Parent tip: Beyond Sounding It Out

    on Jun 4, 15 • in Featured, Instructional Strategies, Literacy, Parents • with Comments

    student reading

    Your child has started to read a little. You are so excited and want to encourage him to read more. So you buy him books or go to the library. You sit next to him on the sofa and expect him to start reading away. Instead he gets stuck. The most common thing for a parent to say is “Sound it out.” Sometime that can help but it depends on him knowing the phonics rules that apply to that word. Frequently in English, the way we say the word is not phonetic at all. If

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  • Homework for Summer: Talk!

    on May 18, 15 • in Parents • with Comments


    I am often asked, “What can we do over the summer with our child?”  We know if you quit practicing any skill  you will have less success with it when starting again.  This is true in sports and in academics.  Baseball season has started.  We did not play or practice during the school year and now my daughter is not as accurate in hitting as she was last summer.  When school begins in August, your student will be less accurate in reading fluency, mathematical computation, and other academic skills if they do not practice over the

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  • Teacher Appreciation Week—Valuable Gifts

    on May 5, 15 • in Featured, Parents • with Comments

    Have a FANTASTIC (1)

    A valuable is something of great worth.  Each day you send your most valuable possession off to school.  You entrust them to the educational system and the teachers there.  Teaching is a unique profession.  Teachers give of themselves, their time, and their money to do what is best for your child.  This act is often selfless.  Great teachers often do this with no regards to the costs.  They often spend their own family time grading papers or planning lessons. They spend their lunch hours making phone calls or preparing for lessons.  They will put your child

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  • Parent Tips: Helping Your Beginning Reader Select Books

    on May 4, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Parents • with Comments

    Good writingvs. Great writing (2)

    When your child begins to read it is a thrilling moment. Then the press to rush their skills begins. We have this desire to move them up the ability ladder ASAP. As parents we want them to be in the highest reading group. We hope for high test scores. We picture Harvard or Stanford in their future. It will all be possible if only they can be the best reader. Stop! Right now! Take a deep breath. Yes, reading makes all these things possible but pushing doesn’t make a good reader. Interest and connections make

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  • Engaging Parents From School To Home

    on Apr 21, 15 • in Child Development, Common Core, Current Events in Education, Elementary Classrooms, Featured, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Kindergarten, Literacy, Mathematics, New Teacher Bootcamp, Opinion, Parents, Science, Social Studies • with Comments

    Mommy Guilt_(2)

    The school to home link is very important to me. Many people view today’s education as starting and stopping in the classroom. Learning is an ongoing process and needs to continue from the classroom to home and back again. But parents tell me all the time that they don’t know how to ‘teach’ their children, forgetting that they were their child’s first teacher. In order to help with this misnomer I have several school to home activities that I provide for my families. To continue social studies concepts and topics, Gilligan the Traveling Gator goes

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