Back to School Planning: Checklists to Guide Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers

For many families, back to school planning will look different this year than it has in previous years. Your school will have new policies in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You may also be starting the school year with virtual learning components. Whatever the situation, these checklists are intended to help parents, guardians, and caregivers, plan and prepare…

Teaching a Child to Read: Activities to Help Kids Remember Words

In teaching a child to read, and helping them remember words, the following activities are ones to consider. 1. Select a book that your child can read relatively well, but not perfectly (e.g., he or she reads the material with about 90% accuracy). 2. Select two sentences from the book and have your child read them aloud. If there are…

How Play Energizes Your Kid’s Brain

By Cassandra Willyard for The New York Times Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget, one of the founding fathers of developmental psychology, spent hours each day observing his children as they grew. He recorded his observations in a raft of notebooks. Lore has it that his wife even carried a notebook on her necklace to jot down observations that Piaget himself missed. One…

Reading Kingdom Review: Her confidence is growing, plus she is learning to navigate a keyboard too!

“Miss Crankles desperately wants to read like her brother and sister, and thanks to Reading Kingdom she is making leaps and bounds! Reading Kingdom (https://www.readingkingdom.com/) is a phenomenal online reading program designed to help children become great readers in grades k-3! Crankles absolutely loves this program. Some days, we get done with a lesson, and she asks for another! Her…

Recommended Reading for Kids: Climbing the World’s Highest Mountain

To the Top: Climbing the World’s Highest Mountain is one of the Reading Kingdom’s recommended books for kids. Reading expert and Reading Kingdom creator Dr. Marion Blank explains why. To the Top: Climbing the World’s Highest Mountain tells the engrossing story of the first successful expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Because it is often so “dry,” many children find history to…

SAFE INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS

As more and more school systems close and families across the country follow mandates and start to socially distance themselves in order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, parents are scrambling for ideas on how to occupy their children – off the grid. So, if you want to keep the phones, tablets, computers and gaming systems to a…