What’s Up with This New-Fangled Math?

What’s Up with This New-Fangled Math?

You’re trying hard to help your child with his math homework but all you hear is, “You’re doing it wrong!” Up until this point, your math skills had served you quite well in life. Now, all the sudden, your child’s second grade math questions have got you feeling a...
School Success Tips

School Success Tips

The new school year brings so much promise and excitement. Besides the new pencils, supplies, folders, and planners (my personal favorite), there is also a high energy this time of year that gives you and your kids the feeling that anything is possible. Anything...
Entry Activities for the Classroom

Entry Activities for the Classroom

When students are entering the classroom in the morning, teachers have the opportunity to focus on goals like, a) making that transition calm and peaceful, with intentional activities planned and, b) infusing a quick yet valuable learning opportunity into the day. If...
An Open Letter to all Kindergarten Parents

An Open Letter to all Kindergarten Parents

Dear Kindergarten Parent, Sending your child off to school for the first time is an exciting milestone…and one that can tug at your heartstrings. If you’re feeling a little sad about sending your little one off to school, here are a few things this educator...
Why Do We Over-Schedule Our Kids?

Why Do We Over-Schedule Our Kids?

It’s the beginning of the school year which means we are also pressing the restart button on all of the after-school and extracurricular activities. Buckle your seatbelt and get ready to be your children’s personal Uber driver! If you have a chance to catch your...
Back to School Preps to Maintain Your Sanity

Back to School Preps to Maintain Your Sanity

It’s that time of year that has moms and dads doing a happy dance while kids are singing the blues. You know what we’re talking about. It’s back to school time baby! While you may be ready to pack that lunch and wave your kids off to the bus stop, we all know there...
Transitions – Keeping Them Smooth!

Transitions – Keeping Them Smooth!

The time when children are transitioning from one activity to the next can become problematic without a clear plan in place. And by problematic, I’m talking about noisy, off-task behavior. So build your repertoire of tricks to keep students engaged, even when there...
Math Center Ideas for Early Learners

Math Center Ideas for Early Learners

Adding math centers to your play-based learning activities is a great way to encourage young children to explore concepts like numbers, patterns, and shapes. There are many simple yet effective ways to give children opportunities to work with math manipulatives and...
The Demise of Cursive Writing

The Demise of Cursive Writing

It seems that we are producing a generation of printers – children who have not learned how to write in cursive. I’ve heard many opinions on this topic, ranging from, “How will they ever get by?” to “Does it really matter?” First, let’s take a look...