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Learning to Talk and Learning to Read – Part 2

Learning to read is a process that involves both visual and auditory input.  Children must learn to match symbols to sounds and then connect those symbols to make words.  Some children have difficulty remembering the symbols if too many are taught at once.  Reading can be made easier by teaching only a few sound-symbols at … Continue reading Learning to Talk and Learning to Read – Part 2

Learning to Talk & Learning to Read – Part 1

Some educators in the past have postulated that learning to read happens easily and naturally and is just like learning to talk. But is this theory true?  If so, why is virtually everyone who can hear able to speak, but not everyone can read easily and with little effort?  Why is reading so difficult for … Continue reading Learning to Talk & Learning to Read – Part 1

Teaching Children to Share

Recently I watched some younger parents teaching their young children to share their toys and cooperate in activities.  Threes and fours sometimes find it a little bit difficult to share because they now know the difference between what is “mine” and what is “yours.”  They even may be a little concerned that sharing something means … Continue reading Teaching Children to Share

Beginning to Write – Journal Prompts

This is the fourth and last blog in this series about beginning writing and as the weather changes, we are beginning to think about spring and summer activities. I have discussed how providing pictures for younger students can help them think about topics to write about. A series of pictures can help young writers expand … Continue reading Beginning to Write – Journal Prompts

Beginning to Write – Using Pictures to Tell a Story

In previous blogs we have discussed how pictures can help children to write or journal when they are having trouble thinking of something to write about. Last week I gave you a writing prompt for first graders.  This week (again, using pictures to help jumpstart their thinking,) I am providing a different kind of writing … Continue reading Beginning to Write – Using Pictures to Tell a Story

Beginning to Write – Observe, Think, and Describe

Children often find it difficult to think of something to write about when asked to journal.  Using a picture can help younger children think about what to write. It may encourage them to write more or longer sentences than they would write without the visual cue. Find a cute and simple picture (use free clip … Continue reading Beginning to Write – Observe, Think, and Describe

Winter Art and Descriptive Writing

Here’s a great way to inspire your kids to write—connect a creative art project to a descriptive writing assignment! Students will enjoy creating a work of art and then writing a little bit about it.  Make the picture first. For the picture, start with an 8 x 10 piece of cardstock.  Use color pencils to … Continue reading Winter Art and Descriptive Writing

Teaching Children and Working Together

Do you have a child that wants to be beside you at all times?  It can be a little crazy-making, but this is a child who really needs some extra attention.  Instead of telling him to go play and leave you alone so you can get things done—why not show him how to help you … Continue reading Teaching Children and Working Together

How Important is it for Children to Have Time for Independent Play?

How many of us, as children, had hours of time to make things out of wood, toss a ball in the air and catch it over and over, pretend all sorts of adventures, climb trees, pick food out of a garden and eat it on the spot, or ride a little red wagon down what … Continue reading How Important is it for Children to Have Time for Independent Play?

Five Ways to Help Children Do Their Chores and Homework

1.  Make a list so your child can cross items off when they are done. Some kids really can’t remember a list of things to do—and they aren’t trying to annoy you!   Make your life—and theirs—easier by writing down the things they need to accomplish.  If your child is too young to read the list, … Continue reading Five Ways to Help Children Do Their Chores and Homework