Archive for the ‘Parents’ Category

  • The 5 Things Every Parent Can Do to Help their Child Become a Better Reader in Elementary

    on Apr 22, 14 • in Featured, Literacy, Parents • with Comments

    Young Student Reading A Book

    At the beginning of the year, I found a simple and truly wonderful idea for my Open House/Meet the Teacher day. I set about putting it into place: a parent wish jar. All it really is are slips of paper that parents can fill out with their wish for their child. I figured these parental dreams would really help me to guide instruction for my students this year in Kindergarten. After Open House, I opened the jar and eagerly began to read the wishes: “I wish for my child to read.” “Read.” “I want my

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  • A Little Spring in Your Break: Continued Learning Outside of School

    on Mar 10, 14 • in Parents • with Comments

    courtesy discoveryeducation.com

    Winter seems to be lagging along across the US, but soon schools everywhere will close down and students will exit to Spring Break.  Teachers find this time refreshing as they can spend a few moments focusing on themselves and their own families.  Kids relish the time off to get outside and begin the pre-rumblings of summer fun.  Parents look for solutions to make the days go faster until school is back in session. Spring Break should be a fun time for relaxation and (I hope) a fun time for outside adventure.  It is the perfect

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  • When We Lose a Student: Vindication, Forbidding Mourning

    on Feb 4, 14 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Opinion, Parents • with Comments

    Mothers and fathers often say that the most difficult thing they can ever do is bury their own child. Since I have no children of my own, I’m not yet able to empathize. In the meantime, however, each child that walks into my classroom is “one of my own,” and when we lose one, in two simple words – I mourn. This past Wednesday, I attended the funeral of a former student. I tried to prepare myself by re-reading Jeremy Adams’s article on the same subject. I tried reading some of my old poetry, including

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  • Tried and True Resources for Curriculum Reinforcement

    on Jan 24, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Management, Opinion, Parents • with Comments

    Curriculum_Resources

    Over the course of my 18 years of teaching, I’ve seen many trends in skills that aren’t mastered before kids move into the next grade level. I’ve also been in schools where funding is not adequate for curriculum and supplies that are needed. Most of my teaching experience has been with early childhood, Pre-K through third grade. When kids enter my classroom lacking a solid foundation in crucial skills, I see it as my responsibility to find resources to help bring these students up to par. I have several ‘go-to’ materials in which I have

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  • Homework: It’s Not Just for Kids Anymore

    on Jan 16, 14 • in Featured, Parents • with Comments

    courtesy stdamiensschool.com

      As an elementary teacher and parent of three, I am not a believer in homework.  I am, however, a huge believer in learning.  I am a huge believer in doing things WITH your children.  I am a huge believer in conversation and dialog.    I am a huge believer in play.  Children learn though activity, discussion, and play.  These are the things that should be done at home.  There are the things that help your children learn. I have had too many parents tell me tales of homework woes.  Tears, refusal, hours sitting in deadlock

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