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Prevent Summer Brain Drain with Meaningful Math

Prevent Summer Brain Drain with Meaningful Math

By Leigh Ann Pernell on May 9th 2019

Can you hear it? Summertime is calling! Our kids have worked hard this school year building numerical concepts and problem solving strategies, but research shows that math skills can slide during … read more
10 Ways to Keep Kids Learning This Summer

10 Ways to Keep Kids Learning This Summer

Apr 17th 2019

When school closes for the summer, many children run the risk of losing the knowledge and academic skills that they developed throughout the year. In fact, it is estimated that children lose approxima … read more
Educational Vacations

Educational Vacations

Apr 17th 2019

Summer vacation doesn’t mean your kids have to endure three long months without any educational inspiration. Many summer getaways are just as enriching as they are relaxing. Let’s take a look at five … read more
Kids Yoga Encourages Movement and Mindfulness

Kids Yoga Encourages Movement and Mindfulness

Erin Marsh on Apr 12th 2019

“Look, mama! I’m doing yoga!” This is a phrase my 4-year-old regularly exclaims, and it encompasses any move that involves balance or contortion—even if the move only slightly resembles a yoga pose. M … read more
Seating Chart Tips

Seating Chart Tips

Apr 11th 2019

Consider your purpose for creating a seating chart:Is it to control talking?Is it to increase focus of students?Is it to encourage group work and dialogue?Is it to create pathways for you to monitor?Y … read more
First-Year Teacher Tips

First-Year Teacher Tips

Apr 11th 2019

The school year may be over for students, but for first-year teachers the work is just getting started. If your first year in front of the class is ahead, here are some tips to make sure you start the … read more
Math Workshop

Math Workshop

Chris Schwab on Apr 11th 2019

What Is Math Workshop?Math workshop is known by various names: math workshop, leveled math groups, guided math, differentiated groups, etc. Whatever you call it, math workshop is a valuable way t … read more
Investing in Handwriting: Activate the brain

Investing in Handwriting: Activate the brain

Leigh Ann Pernell on Apr 10th 2019

With the pressure to raise standardized test scores and meet educational mandates, some of our schools have decided that they don’t have the instructional time available to dedicate to handwriting ins … read more
Ideas for Reading Buddies

Ideas for Reading Buddies

Apr 9th 2019

Partner with another class so everyone has a buddy.Plan on about 20-30 minutes (once a week if possible) to meet as Reading Buddies.Choose authors and illustrators to highlight for the buddy. For exam … read more
Excite Your Child’s STEM Imagination

Excite Your Child’s STEM Imagination

By Leigh Ann Pernell on Apr 5th 2019

As parents, we want to equip our children with the skills to tackle problems and build the perseverance for solving them. A great way to enhance these skills is through innovative STEM activities. STE … read more
A Few Spring Organization Tips

A Few Spring Organization Tips

by Molly S. on Apr 4th 2019

Spring has arrived! And with its highly-anticipated arrival comes the season of spring cleaning. By this time of year, many classrooms have filled up with random piles of “I’ll put that away later.” B … read more