Learning to read is obviously tricky business. There are so many skills and strategies that need to come together to create fluent readers. One of the first steps in helping our young students get started is focusing on sight words. But before we talk about HOW to teach sight words and share some sight word activities - let's answer the questions: what are sight words? and why is it important to ... Read More about What Are Sight Words and Why Are They Important?
Call me crazy, but I've always loved parent teacher conferences time. Let me explain! Not only is it a valuable time for parents to get an update on their child's progress, it provides me with a gold mine of 'big picture' information about where my students come from and who they are as individuals. Parent teacher conferences help me build relationships with students and their families. This is ... Read More about Winning Strategies for Parent Teacher Conferences
Rewarding good behavior and effort in the classroom is an important part of teaching our little ones how to be successful students. Student rewards are also important for establishing and maintaining good classroom management. Everyone likes to be recognized every now and then. But research shows that rewards like toys and candy actually do more harm than good by making your students dependent on ... Read More about 5 Clever Ways to Reward Your Students Without Stuff
Getting a new student after the beginning of the school year can happen for a number of reasons. Maybe a family has made a move because of work. Or perhaps things didn't work out at a different school. Possibly your new student is a foster child who has recently been placed with a new family. It could even be a military family that has recently been relocated. Regardless of the reason, making new ... Read More about Making New Students Feel Welcome
A community helpers theme is a great way to teach kids how the community works and about those who work behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly. Teaching about the different roles community members play helps students understand how everyone in the community has an important job. Students can usually easily understand why a doctor or a teacher would be important, but through books, ... Read More about Community Helpers: Activities for Kindergarten