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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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  • 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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