10 Tips for Reluctant Readers

Little Johnny gets off the bus, scarfs down a snack, and flies out the front door to go play with the neighborhood kids. When he comes back inside, the Xbox is calling his name. It’s tough enough ensuring the homework gets completed, but getting him to actually want to...

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30 Brain Break Clips: Fight the Fidgeting!

Brain breaks have been popular for quite some time now. We’ve learned that regularly incorporating short movement activities throughout the instructional day not only allows children to get their wiggles out, but it energizes them while increasing their ability to focus on the next learning activity as well. Just...

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Rainy Day: Beat the Blues with Learning

It’s raining. It’s pouring. Your poor child is boring! Here are five fun activities you can do at home with your child that promote learning when stuck inside on a rainy day. 1.  Make a Cake:  Cooking with children reinforces several important skills that will help your child succeed...

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Sight Words: Practice with Popular Games!

Sight words are essential for promoting students’ growth in reading and writing, but we all know that they can be tricky to learn and students often grow bored trying to memorize them. Here are several fun, easy-to-implement ways to help students practice sight words while playing some of the...

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50 “Community Helper” Jobs

As teachers, we want each student to feel special. We want them to feel like they are an ntegral part of our classroom community. Assigning a “community helper” job to every student not only promotes a sense of responsibility, but it can also help us maintain a smooth and...

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” ~Angela Schwindt Our wedding day was an event to remember for my husband and me, our friends and family, and my first grade class of twenty-four six-year-olds. To my students,...

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The Heart of Positive Discipline

“What is your experience with positive discipline?” asked Dr. Katharine Kersey at my entrance interview into the Early Childhood Education graduate program at Old Dominion University. Dr. Kersey was a true education guru; a woman who had authored numerous educational texts, had been the recipient of several national awards,...

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