January 19, 2020

Any competent teacher knows that whatever elementary school grade being taught, (s)he will have at least that many reading levels. So, a third grade teacher will  likely have no less than four reading levels that will include non-readers, emerging readers, remedial rea...

May 12, 2019

“No more teachers; no more books…” is a familiar summer chant on the last day of the school year. Almost three months without studies, so children can help with the summer planting on the farm, but does this make sense today?

Sure, it’s a great time for family vacations...

April 13, 2019

April is Autism month. I like it when a month is dedicated to something specific. It gives us a scheduled opportunity to learn and think about the subject.

I have studied, known, and worked with autistic children and adults for many years. The workings of the brain cont...

March 13, 2019

March is Reading Month. The wonderful ways to connect to books are being especially promoted this month.

Did you know that March is the birth month of Dr. Seuss? He is probably the most celebrated and prolific children’s author of all time! Let’s make Green Eggs and Ham...

February 4, 2019

Each February Black History Month is celebrated in many different ways in the classroom and in homes as a time for Americans to focus on the history, culture, and contributions of one of America’s great minorities.

Here are a few activities to consider:

Conduct a read-al...

July 24, 2018

Beaches, barbecues, sleeping late, catching fireflies, and visiting art fairs or ethnic festivals, we look forward to summer and the fun it brings. It’s easy to throw routine out the window and just go with the flow during the months of summer. Many places and activiti...

May 1, 2018

With the end of the school year fast approaching it is important to help students prepare for the next grade and stay focused for finals.

Evaluate your elementary or middle school student for mastery of basic skills. The expected skills may be found at Common Core Stand...

March 20, 2018

Spring and reading month are here! From picture reading to the hierarchy of all the reading components, the acquisition of reading skills is vital to a democracy. Learning to read and think critically is the basis for decision making, voting, and distinguishing truth f...

February 28, 2018

The response to the recent #MeToo movement has been staggering. Women all over the world on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have been posting updates with the hashtag #MeToo to signify that they have been victims of sexual harassment or assault.

The movement has expose...

September 26, 2017

Recent advances in neuroscience have shown that the brain is far more malleable and plastic than we ever knew. The connection between neurons can actually change over time because of our experiences.

Neural networks have the ability to grow new connections, strengthen e...

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