Winter Break Reading Challenge

Winter Break Reading Challenge

Winter Break is right around the corner! Parents are probably busy at work planning what the kids will be doing while out of school. While family time, travel or youth camps are important time investments, it is also essential to enrich your child’s day with learning. As a former elementary teacher, I know how a non-academic break can result in children, at every grade level, experiencing regression. Help your child stay motivated and challenged with this free printable!

50 Fun Ways to Practice Spelling

50 Fun Ways to Practice Spelling

When I was teaching kindergarten and first grade, we spent a good deal of time on phonics and word study. An aspect of that was to practice spelling a small list of sight words each week, something that some of you parents may have seen your child bring home. This area of study looks very different from when I was a little girl, thankfully. We are beyond the days of writing spelling words over and over or trying to memorize their spelling (how boring!). Instead, our class found fun, interactive and creative ways to practice our sight words. I have compiled a list of activities and games that I used with my students that parents could easily have their little ones do at home.

The Importance of Kindergarten on Social Development and Social Skills Necessary for School

The Importance of Kindergarten on Social Development and Social Skills Necessary for School

Below are four key social skills that I found my students engage in daily. When I would get asked, by those friends and parents in the community, if their child was ready for kindergarten, I would ask if their child presented these behaviors. Just as I mentioned in my last article about academic readiness for Kindergarten, some kids will not present all these indicators whole-heartedly and that does not necessarily mean they are not ready to start kindergarten. These social skills will be taught and practiced in the classroom. However, it is important that you be proactive in working with your child on these skills at all opportunities. Having your child work on these skills now will prepare them for becoming productive members of their kindergarten classroom.

Is Your Child (Academically) Ready For Kindergarten?

Is Your Child (Academically) Ready For Kindergarten?

As a former kindergarten teacher, I want to share ten indicators that you can refer to, to determine if your little one is kindergarten ready. Note that many kids are not going to be proficient at all these skills by the time they start kindergarten and that isn’t necessarily an indicator that they are not ready for school. Some kids will master these skills once they start kindergarten.