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What are you reading this summer?

June 10, 2014 | Posted in: Elementary, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

When you hear of parents and children reading together, you almost always picture a mom or dad with a toddler on their lap enjoying a book with pictures or rhymes, à la Dr. Seuss. We know early reading helps young children master the language, improve concentration, and strengthen speech and logical thinking skills – all […]

School success builds on foundation of early literacy skills

March 27, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary | with 0 Comments

“Dis is cumbersome,” our son said to no one in particular as he sauntered through the living room carrying a toy. My husband stopped in his tracks, surprised by what had come from the boy’s mouth. It was a fairly sophisticated word for a – barely – 3-year-old. “It’s cumbersome? What does cumbersome mean?” my […]

What would you like to discuss today, baby?

February 24, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners | with 0 Comments

A new study suggests talking to babies and toddlers in full sentences is the best way to boost language development. The study, conducted by Stanford University Associate Professor Anne Fernald, showed that children whose parents talked to them, rather than at them, developed better language skills at a younger age. Children who were exposed to […]

A dropout risk in first grade?

A dropout risk in first grade?

January 14, 2014 | Posted in: Elementary | with 0 Comments

It’s a serious problem. Every year, nearly one-third of high school students across the nation will not graduate – that’s more than 1.2 million students a year. In New York State, the numbers are better, with 74 percent of students graduating. But those numbers aren’t nearly good enough, not for the children whose opportunities are […]

Embrace learning in the final weeks of summer

August 23, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary | with 0 Comments

If your child is heading to school for the first time – or moving to a new school to start kindergarten – you may have some anxiety about whether they can “keep up” academically, socially and emotionally with the other kids. Use these final weeks of summer to reinforce, and even enhance, the skills they […]

Fall into reading during National Family Literacy Month

November 2, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary | with 0 Comments

Whether it’s reading aloud to your child, taking a trip together to the library or being a reading role model, celebrate National Family Literacy Month this November by helping to foster your child’s love of the written word. Parents who read to their children every day and talk about what they are reading together promote […]

Catching up in the home stretch

May 11, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary | with 0 Comments

With little more than a month left in the school year, kids are starting to realize summer is on the horizon. Before they check out completely, take time to check in on whether they’re at grade level academically. If they are lagging behind, there’s still plenty of time to buckle down and help them bolster […]

March is Mad about Reading

March 13, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary | with 0 Comments

With so many distractions – particularly the electronic kind – it can be hard to get your child to sit down and read. March – “PARP month” at a number of schools across the state – offers a perfect excuse to spend quality time with your child and promote reading for enjoyment. PARP, an acronym […]

Write on! Tips to help your child flourish as a writer

February 14, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

My 7-year-old son’s aversion to writing is somewhat surprising, given that he’s the child of two professional writers. Yet, his second-grade teacher’s comments at our parent/teacher conference were not totally unexpected. We’re familiar with his pattern. His idea of expanding a sentence is to change “It was fun” to “It was really, really, really, really […]

Tackling textbook reading assignments

January 31, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Strong reading comprehension skills will help students successfully navigate their school years. However, if your child has trouble concentrating when it comes to reading a textbook, how can you help? There are a number of tried-and-true methods available to help develop better reading comprehension, but one that’s been around for decades is the SQ3R method. […]