Invented spelling is the name for children’s misspellings before they know the rules adults use to spell, often before they know how to read. In some respects inventive spellers are learning to write as they learned to talk. Invented spelling is not so much an approach to writing as it is a way of removing obstacles in the path of a young writer. Children don’t automatically and spontaneously arrive at the correct spelling of a word simply because they read.
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Just Playing by Anita Wadley (poem for parents of small children)
You might have received this poem on Play is a Child’s Work called “Just Playing” from your preschool as well, but it bears re-reading! And it just might help you discover clues to what your child might become when he or she is all grown up!
Family Reunion Vacations: Kennebunk, Maine
This was our 5th vacation in the Kennebunk/Kennebunkport, Maine area and we’ve always had a wonderful time. This year, however, the kids said it was the best vacation ever. What was on the agenda: a fishing trip aboard the Allyson, surfing lessons, The Children’s Museum in Portland, and, of course, our favorite tide pool spot.
Electronic Organization Tools for Moms
Electronic organization for you and your volunteer efforts: Google Calendar, gmail, Jooners (volunteers), VolunteerSpot, TeamSnap (kids’ sports), eVites for pot lucks, Bidding for Good for online auctions.
How To: Support Your Child Academically
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?
7 Ideas for Social/Emotional Learning
From a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) point of view, the most important consideration at the start of the new school year is to create positive feelings and optimism about school. This has many practical implications for both educators and parents.
How To: Cope after the Unbearable Loss of a Child
The thought of a child dying brings overwhelming emotion to any parent. But for those who have actually experience the unbearable loss of a child, Randy Gilbert, the guest author of her post, suggests two helpful ideas:
Don’t try to rush the grief journey. Let it be in your own time. Everyone is different and grieves in his or her own way.
Find what works for you.