The Next Grade Level

Every child is different, but it helps to have an idea about the academic and social skills that should be in place at the beginning of a grade level in school. Let’s take the case of Jeffrey who is right on track for going to 2nd grade.

Jeffrey gets right to work and independently manages his classroom tasks. He understands multi-step directions he hears from the teacher or his parents, and he can read and understand most directions written on the board.

R U Serious?

With the average teenager sending about 6 texts per waking hour, it is becoming the most common form of communication, and many fear that it is destroying spelling skills. However, recent research shows that “textese” doesn’t affect traditional spelling in students with high phonological awareness. It is this skill that allows texters to create and decode abbreviations like gr8, 4evr, and 2moro…

Helping Kids with Visual-Spatial Problems: Measuring, Part 3

Learning about measurement doesn’t have be take the textbook route, but here are some fun books that help introduce the concept to young learners…

Helping Kids with Visual-Spatial Problems: Measuring, Part 2

An important component of measuring is comparison. This pile of laundry is bigger than that one, or the runt is the smallest puppy in the litter.

For youngsters who are still discovering measuring concepts, frequent use of these words is key. As discussed in a previous blog post, kids do not internalize meanings after hearing a word once…

Helping Kids with Visual-Spatial Problems: Measuring, Part 1

Measuring is an integral part of daily life. Whether it’s knowing how many ounces in a cup or if that new rug will fit in the living room or how many servings your bag of dog food holds when you use the bigger scoop, measuring is a valuable skill…

Why Can’t My 4th-Grader Write? Part 3

The process of learning to write is complicated.

you have to learn how to form those squiggles on the paper into letters
you have to perceive the sounds in words and associate them with letters to attempt spelling, and
you have to have some picture for what you are trying to say…

Why Can’t My 4th-Grader Write? Part 2

The process of learning to write involves much more than simply learning what a period is and trying to figure out where it goes. It is a multi-faceted job – learning how to actually form the letters on paper, perceiving sounds in words to attempt spelling, and actually outlining their ideas and knowing what they are trying to say. For many students, putting all the pieces together is a struggle…

Why Can’t My 4th-Grader Write? Part 1

The process of learning to write involves much more than simply learning what a period is and trying to figure out where it goes. It is a multi-faceted job – using the hand to form the letters on paper, perceiving sounds in words in order to attempt spelling, and actually outlining ideas and knowing what to say. For many students, putting all the pieces together is a struggle…

Numbers in Kindergarten

Right up there with learning to read and rhyme is learning to count and use numbers. In kindergarten, math can still be fun.

identify numbers 1-20 – after all, we only get to 3 when our parents are counting.

count by ones, fives and tens – thus assisting in requesting cookies…

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”.