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A Good Start to the School Year

Whew! The kids are back in school! The first month of school is typically a time to assess and review from last year. What does this mean for math? Assess and review is great except for those kids who: Read more…

2 minute Video on the Meaning of Life

What is the Meaning of Life?

My husband sent me this lovely video that reminds me of a series of Hallmark cards that notes everything in life that is important (or not).  It’s fun to watch and it hits the nail on the head.  Enjoy!

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Gifted and Talented Program at Risk

Gift and Talented Program (GATE)

When I was a kid growing up in California, our public school system went from being one of the best, with a high per capita spend, to one of the worst. Why? Proposition 13. I was too young to really understand it, but I do remember having classroom sizes in elementary school in the 30-32 range. But I was also in the Mentally Gifted Minor Program that later changed names to the GATE (Gifted and Talented Something) Program — the switch was to squeeze in “talented” kids who didn’t quite score in the cut off range. Read more…

Nigella Quick Recipe App

Nigella Lawson App for Cooking

GingerbreadHouse has a great post on an iPhone/iPad app featuring my favorite cookbook author, Nigella Lawson.  The app, apparently, has Nigella’s great and easy recipes with 6 or less steps and lets you search recipes based on what you have on hand.   Read more…

New Standards in Education

New State Education Standards

Below are some key paragraphs about the new state standards.  Here is the link to The New York Times article.  Here is the link to the PDFs that spell out the new state standards.  This seems like a good thing but what are your thoughts? Read more…

Turn Your Child Into a Reader

How to Turn Your Child into a Reader

Is this the year you give your child the gift of reading? It’s never too late or too early to start sharing books with your child. Our guest editor Lezlie Evans shares“The Power of Reading With a Child” Read more…

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Setting Up Routines at Home

Routines for Reading at Home

School is starting and usually there is a month of adjustment for both teacher and children doing things like assessing each child in a variety of subjects, getting into the rhythm of classroom routines and behavior norms, finding out how each child learns best, making new friends, and reviewing academic material from last year. It’s not a time where new learning is emphasized (except if your child is lucky enough to “loop” with his or her same class from last year in which case it’s business as usual). Read more…

Best Easy Readers for Kids

Best Books for Young Kids

The (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.  I found this from Books and Stuff,  a blog for Westerville Library, and they give their perspective on the winners at the bottom of this post.  Benny and Penny in the Big No-No by Jeffrey Hayes is  the 2010 Winner.  The information on the Geisel 2010 winners is from the ALSC (The Association for Library Service to Children). Read more…

7 Ideas for Social/Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning at School

We start school in two days and my kids are getting a little anxious about it despite being very familiar with their elementary school.  I know it’s normal to be anxious even if the transition seems small.  I came across this great list about Social and Emotional learning and the Start of School and there is great advice for both parents and teachers.  Hey, we are all in this together!  Here’s to a smooth transition to your child’s school year!  Let me know how yours went and if you have any advice on what worked for you. Read more…