Everyday Math

During my years as an elementary teacher, one of the most frequent questions I was asked by parents was "What are some things we can do at home to help support classroom learning?"  Reading at home is absolutely essential to intellectual growth and should begin when your child is a baby and continue even when … Continue reading Everyday Math

Raising Optimistic Kids

Most of us are familiar with the storybook characters, Winnie the Pooh and his friend Eeyore, created by A.A. Milne.  Winnie the Pooh went through his days with a hopeful, optimistic attitude.  Even when he was stuck in a situation that seemed hopeless, such as the time that he was stuck in Rabbit's burrow entrance because he ate too much honey, he believed that … Continue reading Raising Optimistic Kids

Stick to the Program – The Value of Routines

As a teacher of young children, one of the first things that I did in the beginning of the school year is establish and practice procedures and routines.  Where to hang a coat, how to walk quietly in the hallway, where to line up at the end of the day, how to enter and exit … Continue reading Stick to the Program – The Value of Routines

Parents as Teachers: Keeping Learning Alive During COVID-19

Schools are closed, businesses shuttered, and our movement through our familiar world is very limited. Parents are worried about keeping their jobs, paying the bills, and protecting their families during this time of uncertainty. In addition, parents are taking on the task of educating their children at home. Often they don’t know where to begin. … Continue reading Parents as Teachers: Keeping Learning Alive During COVID-19

7 Things to Say to Kids About Their Artwork

"Mom, do you like my picture?" Now there's a loaded question when the artwork belongs to a 5-year-old.  Do I like it? How do I know, when I don't even know what it is? I strain to find any recognizable shapes to use as clues to the subject matter, all the while, my child's eager … Continue reading 7 Things to Say to Kids About Their Artwork