In the course of tutoring, almost daily, I run across words that students do not know, and not understanding these words hampers them significantly.
Just today, a student did not know the word, "exhibits." The sentence was a question about the passage she had just read.
What personality trait(s) does our main character exhibit?
Whoa! What a mouthful?
National Family Literacy Month!
Will your celebration be modest or over-the-top?
Let's start slow here... Who wants to be overwhelmed right now - when you are still scrubbing the candy corn out of your youngest child's teeth?
I propose a Family Literacy Minute - one for every member of the family - every day if you can(!)...
Why not, on the first day of school - and the last day of school, serve ice cream for breakfast?
The first day of school should be celebrated!
And, yes, I think that you should also serve something else - first!
Here are some ideas for protein and Vitamin C.
Orange juice - or Pineapple!
While getting dressed:
Have a "square" of...
Summer should be fun! Time to wind down, relax, be with friends, go to your fav waterpark or wave pool, and take a family vacation - even if it is just a "staycation" at a local hotel with a pool and an elevator and a great breakfast buffet!
For many kids, it is also a chance to explore a new interest, (specialty camps such as drama, art, cooking,) or to hone a skill, (soccer or...
It is a privilege to work with international students; I wonder if they will take part of my teaching with them back to their countries and teach others - just one thing - that I have taught them. I hope so! As well as the short term goal(s) of learning English well enough to pass a course, get into graduate school, or just have a more meaningful exchange with peers, I am hopeful that learning...
A popular TV commercial tells us how to take "Stephen" - pronounced STEVE uhn to "Stephen" pronounced Ste FAHN." Same spelling, same amount of letters, but more pizzazz... or style... (or something to that effect!)
I was reminded of this one week ago when a shy third grader - who needs help in reading - asked me about something I had just read to him.
If your child is in elementary school, you may wish to evaluate his academic needs before scheduling camp, special interest classes and your family vacations.
Then, plan accordingly.
How do you know if your child needs "academics" this summer? And, how do you plan around the fun you want him or her to have?
Three EZ things!
1) Is your child up with his peers -...
Many articles in our popular magazines bemoan the loss of "family communication" and time spent together - whether it be "quality time" or just "down" time. If you, the parent, try to think back to your own childhood, you may remember that some of the best conversations or touching moments occurred when you least expected them.
What you may not realize, even...