Picking an elementary school can be terrifying. As parents we are concerned for our children. We want our child to love learning, to be around good friends. to avoid bullying, to get good grades, and to be ready for advanced schooling. We are worried about the school our child attends because we're scared their future … Continue reading This Is How To Pick The Best School For Your Child
Our schools' gifted programs often do cool things, but they don't really focus on getting advanced kids into more advanced material. Often times they spend a lot of time doing STEM activities (can't any kid benefit from and contribute to building a robot?). Plus, most times these students miss class and then have work they … Continue reading How To Support Gifted Students In A Public School
Recently I came across a homework course from the No Guilt Mom called Homework 911 for Kids. I thought it was definitely worth taking a look at. As a teacher, I know how hard the homework struggle can be. But is this course actually going to change how your family does Homework? Is Homework 911 for Kids worth buying?
After much research on kindergarten and how it effects future success, this post answers the age old question: If my child has a summer or fall birthday, can I (or should I) send them to kindergarten the year they are turning 5?
I was chatting with a group of friends about kindergarten recently, and realized that there's been a lot of hype around how kindergarten should be run. Should we be teaching reading in kindergarten? How long should young children be at school? Are private schools with more play time better for development? Has full day kindergarten … Continue reading This Is What 16 Research Articles Say About Literacy, Kindergarten, And Entrance Times
Many families have heard or used the advice that if your students is struggling to read, the "best thing you [parents] can do is read more." While students certainly have to read to become better readers, students need specific skills to successfully read a book. Without those skills, trying to read a book is going … Continue reading The Myth That Parents “Just Reading More” With Struggling Readers And How To Better Practice Reading
Great Schools has done a fantastic job providing a user friendly experience for parents to rate their local schools. It's even started integrating with websites like Zillow to help home buyers avoid bad schools. However, can a school's worth be boiled down to just one number? Parents want to know their child's school is going … Continue reading This Is What Parents Need To Know About greatschools.org Ratings
Dyslexia. Reading Disabilities. Learning Disability in Reading. Language disability. These names are all used to refer to students with a pronounced reading struggle that cannot be explained by lack of instruction or other cognitive difficulties. That means, by definition, dyslexia is NOT related to mental retardation. A student with dyslexia is just as intelligent as … Continue reading A Quick Guide To Dyslexia (Info Graphic)
Preparing for an IEP meeting can be intimidating. While it can often feel like it's a group of professionals against one parent, most teachers truly want what is best for the student. Unfortunately, there is no perfect placement for a student with disabilities. Every setting has it's pros and cons. For instance, public schools have … Continue reading 5 Game Changing Things Every Parent Needs To Do Before An IEP Team Meeting