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Your Child/Student Doesn’t Understand What They Just Read?

Why doesn’t your child understand what they just read, especially if there aren’t any pictures to help them? If your child is very young, perhaps even a pre-schooler, don’t panic! … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

How to Make a Movie Trailer for a Book

YouTube, TV. videos, gaming, movie theaters, are all influencing our children and students.  How can we get them back to reading books and other print literature? Here’s a really wonderful … Continue reading

March 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Are We Asking Stupid Questions?

Now that I have your attention…As teachers and/or parents, are we asking questions that really don’t allow for inquiry or research based answers?   I know that I often ask … Continue reading

March 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Writing Friendly Letters for Lower Elementary Students

We know how many students are using email and Word to write and correct their letters.  So, why even teach how to write letters in the “old fashioned way?” “Nothing … Continue reading

February 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Is there an alternative to homework (doing school work at home)?

Homework has become the step-child of education in some public schools.  How about an alternative that still achieves the same purpose? In fact, most are alternatives to homework altogether, including … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

19 Reading Response Questions to Answer

Enough with the Reading strategies being tested like Compare/Contrast, Main Idea/Detail, etc. etc. etc.!  Why not just ask questions for understanding like: Who did the author write this story for? … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Is Poetry a Dying Art in Elementary School?

It’s been my recent experience that elementary level of school doesn’t acknowledge that poetry is a wonderful use of our language and is so full of symbolism and heart.  I’m … Continue reading

January 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

How to Set Up a Montessori-Type Home School Center

I’m sure you’ve heard about and often wondered if you could set up your Home School area like a Montessori School in your office/dining room/outside porch etc.  Here’s a wonderful … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Using the “Text Reduction” Strategy to Highlight Main Idea

Have you ever considered how many “useless” words are in Informational Texts that we ask our students to read? While these words enhance the overall reading enjoyment, they’re not necessarily … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

What is the Difference between a Conclusion and an Inference?

Have you ever had a hard time explaining the difference between the Reading strategy of Inference and the strategy of Conclusion?  Good luck! I’ve just seen a wonderful explanation of … Continue reading

January 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

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