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  • Parent Tips: 8 Steps For Surviving Middle School

    on Oct 1, 15 • in Featured, Middle School, Parents • with Comments


    Middle school can be the most confusing time for students and parents in their educational career.  Everything ‘known’ about school is shifting, and hormones are often kicking into gear at the same time.  Students want more independence, and parents want to do the right thing.  Instead of letting teens ‘sink or swim’, try a more balanced approach.  Teens definitely need to learn responsibility and independence, but they also require structure and supervision more than ever.  By following these simple tips, you may be able to crack the middle school confusion code and have a more

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  • Engaging Students In Spelling List Studying

    on Jul 24, 15 • in Elementary Classrooms, Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Kindergarten, Literacy, Parents • with Comments

    Stewart the Spelling Minion

    I am proud to announce that Stewart the Spelling Minion will join our classroom this year. I’ve already introduced Gilligan in a previous piece, who helps with social studies retention. Gus the Gator used to be part of our class and travelled around with students, helping them with their journaling, sentence structure and grammar. Stewart the Minion will be our spelling helper this year. Stewart will travel home with a different student each day, as encouragement with spelling words. Since I teach a multi-level classroom, my younger kids will focus on sentences about Stewart the

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  • The Trials of Junior Year

    on Jul 13, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, From the Front Lines, High School, High School, Management, Parents • with Comments

    The trials of junior year

    Junior year in high school is considered the most difficult year for a variety of reasons. Here are reasons why and ways to help your 11th grader not only survive their junior year, but also feel accomplished. 1. Coursework.  Junior year curriculum is difficult. American Literature, American History, Chemistry, and Algebra II are the core courses most 11th graders take. Many juniors find themselves overwhelmed by the difficulty of the courses and the work load. Many juniors, especially honors students, have coasted through freshmen and sophomore year without studying or even completing homework. Junior year

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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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