Alphabet skills in kindergarten

The ABCs are the building blocks for kindergarten – not to mention the rest of school. Usually children start manipulating sounds in spoken words before they reach kindergarten. They can make up silly rhyming words by manipulating beginning sounds–for example, Susie makes up a new name for her sister and calls her “Silly Jilly”.

Kindergarten learning basics

People can think of kindergarten as a time of learning to play nice with others before starting school, when the real work will begin. While there is a definite element of truth in the essay All I Needed to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten and that way of approaching the kindergarten experience, kindergarten is actually a very important year academically…

Homework Wars – The White Flag: When surrender really is the best option

You’ve tried everything and your child is still going to bed late and leaving your entire family frustrated and stressed every school night. Is it your fault or can there be other options?

Homework Wars – Battle 2: Staying focused

The world is full of distractions. In the course of a typical blog writing session, I’ll pick up the paper and skim halfway through articles before returning attention to the computer, get a glass of water and realize that the ice trays need refilling, get caught up on the blogs I follow in an attempt to get ideas, and start listening in on a conversation in the hall…

Homework Wars – Battle 1: Getting started

No more need for monsters under the bed – just let them disguise themselves as math problems and book reports, and Monstropolis will be in scream power for the duration of the school year. The power of the collective wails of frustrated students – and parents – can only come from that dreaded nightly terror: homework.