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10 Things You Can Do to Raise a Reader


Parents are a child's first teacher, and there are many simple things you can do every day to share the joy of reading while strengthening your child's literacy skills. Read from day one. Start a reading routine in those very first days with a newborn. Even very young babies respond to the warmth of a lap and the soothing sound of a book being read aloud. Share books every day.Read with your child every day, even after he becomes an independent reader. Reread favorites. Most children love to hear their favorite stories over and over again. Rereading books provides an opportunity [...]

10 Things You Can Do to Raise a Reader2023-01-13T14:29:21+00:00

10 Ways for Parents to Help Teachers


Here are 10 simple yet powerful things that parents can do at home to support teachers in their daily work of teaching our young children. Create a smooth takeoff each Give your child a hug before she ventures out the door and you head to work. Look her in the eye, and tell her how proud you are of her. Your child’s self-confidence and security will help her do well both in school and in life. Prepare for a happy landing at the end of the day when you Create a predictable ritual such as 10-20 minutes listening to your child [...]

10 Ways for Parents to Help Teachers2022-10-04T17:32:49+00:00

Multisensory Learning at Home: Tips for Parents


Discover 12 easy tips that encourage multisensory learning at home. There are many ways a parent can help and encourage a child by using some multisensory techniques. Although this may involve some changes in the home, the results may be well worth the effort.   Provide a structured environment for Avoid outside distractions whenever possible (computer, audio players, TV, radio, general clutter). A clean, organized desk and room help your student to focus on his task. Whenever possible, write short notes to reinforce what has been said (on a bedroom mirror, refrigerator, chalk board, or bulletin board). Teach For many, this [...]

Multisensory Learning at Home: Tips for Parents2022-10-04T17:28:14+00:00

Writing “SMART” IEP Goals


We all set goals for ourselves, whether we are aware of it or not. Our goals can be as simple as getting to work on time. They can be as complex as budgeting our expenses. We know what we need to do, and we set out to do it. An IEP goal is not unlike a personal goal. With an IEP goal, we create an educational program for a child with special needs. An IEP goal describes what we hope the child will achieve, or the intended outcome of instruction. The outcome is stated as an action we expect to see. [...]

Writing “SMART” IEP Goals2022-10-04T17:26:52+00:00

How Parents Can Support the Common Core Writing Standards


The Common Core State Standards are national standards that indicate what K-12 students are expected to learn in math and the English language arts. The standards themselves are lengthy and span K-12, but it's important for parents to understand the goals of the standards and ways to support school instruction at home. The recommendations below align with the four "anchor standards" of the Common Core writing standards: Text Types and Purposes, Production and Distribution of Writing, Research to Build and Present Knowledge, and Range of Writing. Text Types and Purposes What it means: We write for many different purposes, and these [...]

How Parents Can Support the Common Core Writing Standards2022-10-04T17:27:09+00:00

Tips for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences at Your Child’s School


Talk with your child Ask your child what his/her strongest and weakest subjects are, and which subjects he/she likes most and least. Ask your child if he/she would like you to speak about anything particular with the teacher. Make sure that your child understands that you and the teacher are meeting to help him, so that he doesn't worry about the conference. Prepare a list of notes Make a list of topics that you want to discuss with the teacher and that you think the teacher should know, such as your concerns about the school, the child's home life, any major [...]

Tips for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences at Your Child’s School2022-10-04T17:18:48+00:00

How to Nurture Lifelong Readers in a Digital Age


Successful readers develop not just the skill but the habit of reading. As a decline in pleasure reading coincides with a move to different modes of screen-based texts, experts worry students need more comprehensive support to become lifelong readers in the digital age. “There’s a lot of pressure on readers today to be able to select texts that are purposeful and useful and to discard others” in academic contexts, said Kristen Turner, a professor of teacher education at Drew University and the director of the Digital Literacies Collaborative, a professional network for teachers. “Then also to find those long-form texts that [...]

How to Nurture Lifelong Readers in a Digital Age2022-10-04T17:12:43+00:00

10 Homework Tips That Will Improve Your Grades


Your homework habits might be affecting your grades. Are you staying on track with your assignments? Feeling tired, achy, or bored when it comes to homework time? Are you arguing with parents about your grades? 1. USE A PLANNER Did you know that poor organization skills can reduce your final scores by a whole letter grade? That's why you should learn to use a day planner the right way. Who can afford to score a big fat "0" on a paper, just because we got lazy and didn't pay attention to the due date? Nobody wants to get an "F" because [...]

10 Homework Tips That Will Improve Your Grades2022-05-05T20:03:48+00:00

Why Is Summer Learning Loss Such A Big Problem


SUMMER LEARNING LOSS IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM Our children are sponges full of information and summer does a really great job of wringing them out and pouring all of that information they soaked up down the drain! In the fall, they come to school rested, sun-tanned and…well…clueless! Getting back all of that lost information that they learned the previous year is a struggle. TAKE A LOOK AT THESE STATISTICS: The average child loses about two full years’ worth of information by the time he/she graduates from high school…if she’s not involved in academic summer camps and summer programs for kids. Summer [...]

Why Is Summer Learning Loss Such A Big Problem2023-05-11T15:47:56+00:00

How To Improve In Reading & Writing


How can you learn to read and write better? More to the point here: How can you learn to read and write better by reading web pages such as these? First of all: Reading is primary. One can write only as well as one reads. Consider: Not all readers are writers. Many people read newspapers and novels and never write an original word themselves. They can decipher words and sentences on the page, but do not have a sufficient grasp of spelling and grammar to construct their own sentences. But all writers must be readers! You cannot write without reading as [...]

How To Improve In Reading & Writing2022-05-05T20:03:59+00:00
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