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Preschool—Learning Math

Preschoolers enjoy learning to count and some children can count quite well.  But many get a bit confused when they get to the teens, happily counting, “...thirteen – fourteen – seventeen – twenty-teen!” I always enjoy hearing them practice and learn. Most preschoolers are quite capable of learning some very basic math concepts—not in a … Continue reading Preschool—Learning Math

Academic Achievement For All—When Are Children Ready to Learn?

Wow!  You’ve come a long way, baby! In the 1980s and 1990s, educators and policy-makers were jumping on the bandwagon to provide free kindergarten programs in all public schools. The reasoning then was that after a year of kindergarten, every child would finally enter first grade ready to learn. Fast-forward to 2015. Now policy makers … Continue reading Academic Achievement For All—When Are Children Ready to Learn?

Thanksgiving Turkey Art

Here’s a really easy Thanksgiving project for your kids of all ages! Cut out the shapes ahead of time for your preschoolers if necessary. Draw the shapes onto construction paper or any type of colored paper. Let kindergarteners use safety scissors to cut them out themselves. The pieces do not need to be perfectly shaped … Continue reading Thanksgiving Turkey Art

Preschool—Learning ABC’s

When you are ready to teach letter names and sounds to your preschool/kinder students, it is nice if you can post large size letters on the wall so your child can look at them frequently.  Just as when teaching colors and shapes, to make it easier for your child, you should post and teach only … Continue reading Preschool—Learning ABC’s

Beginning Preschool—Learning Numbers

This week I have a FREE chart for you to help you teach number-symbols 1-10.  You should start with the chart for numbers 1-5 first, and add the chart for numbers 6-10 when your child knows the first five numbers very well. Your child can begin to learn to match number symbols to the correct … Continue reading Beginning Preschool—Learning Numbers

Beginning Preschool—Learning Shapes

You may want to teach some basic shapes to your younger preschoolers as well as teaching them color names. As I mentioned in the previous blog, it is better to teach one at a time than all of them at once, to avoid confusion. You might like to post them on the refrigerator. Ask your … Continue reading Beginning Preschool—Learning Shapes

Beginning Preschool—Learning Colors

If you have preschool students, you are probably teaching them some basic things they need to learn before kindergarten.  If your young student does not know names of colors yet, we are providing a free printable set of flashcards to teach colors. Some young children mix up the names of colors when they are learning … Continue reading Beginning Preschool—Learning Colors

Back to School – Make Your Own ABC Book!

It’s nearly fall and children are going back to school.  Whether you homeschool or your children attend public or private school, you may enjoy doing this activity with your preschool or kindergarten student. At ages 4 and 5, children should still be playing a lot of the time, so learning should be casual and informal. … Continue reading Back to School – Make Your Own ABC Book!

Can Your Students Comprehend Texts That They Cannot Read?

Absolutely! Students do understand texts that are read aloud to them that are above their independent reading level. But if they are struggling to read text on their own that is too difficult for them to decode, they will not have good comprehension.  Struggling students in the upper grades are increasingly expected to read texts … Continue reading Can Your Students Comprehend Texts That They Cannot Read?

Common Core and Reading Assignments—What Are We Missing Here?

What a concept! Some teachers assign books to their students that they can actually read instead of assigning them to read books that are far above their reading ability! Is this surprising? Is it a bad thing? Are policy-makers suggesting that students should be assigned to read books at an instructional level that they cannot … Continue reading Common Core and Reading Assignments—What Are We Missing Here?