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3010, 2018

Effective Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary

Teaching vocabulary is an important part of a language program. Developing students’ vocabulary will support them in reading, writing, and oral language. Weaving vocabulary lessons into your language program will help students learn in authentic contexts. Recommended: Printable Spelling Dictionary (includes nearly 500 words) The Importance of Teaching Vocabulary Having a well-developed vocabulary supports children in their reading. When words are part of [...]

510, 2018

Children’s Books About Famous Artists

So, you want to introduce your child to the world of art, but you haven’t quite mustered the courage to take your toddler to the hushed rooms where the canvases of great artists are stared at in silence by adults who may be less than tolerant of a child’s lively enthusiasm.  Art should be enjoyed by all ages, but we agree, this can be a challenging excursion for a [...]

1408, 2018

Teaching Sight Words For K-3 Students

Sight words are the most commonly used words in texts and are recognized immediately. For children who are learning to read, the early books they use contain sight words such as “the,” “a,” “my,” and “I.” Mastering these frequently occurring words allows children to direct their efforts towards the use of strategies to solve less familiar words. Being able to recognize sight words automatically is also important because many [...]

1007, 2018

How To Teach Rote Counting

When children learn rote counting, they are able to count from memory, saying the numbers in the correct order. At this early stage of counting, they are not necessarily attaching any meaning to the numbers but can recite them. For example, although they may be able to count to ten, they might not understand that “ten” represents ten items. Children can learn to rote count by 1s, 2s, 5, 10s, [...]

2105, 2018

Strategies to Improve Reading Fluency and Increase Comprehension

What is Fluency? Fluency is the rate at which the child reads. Think about the speed: Is the child reading word-by-word? Does it sound choppy and robotic? Are there long pauses between words? Or is it the opposite, and the child is rushing through the words, reading much too quickly? Does he pay attention to punctuation, stopping at periods and pausing for commas? [...]

1405, 2018

Spelling Strategies for Struggling Students

It’s not uncommon for young children who are just beginning to write to spell words phonetically, which means spelling them the way they sound. For example, they may spell “people” as “pepl.” This initial exploration into writing is not causing for alarm and on the contrary, should be encouraged! As children age and are exposed to more teaching and experiences with writing, they typically begin to improve their spelling. [...]

705, 2018

When is a Child Ready to Read?

Similar to walking and talking, learning to read is a developmental stage that children begin at different ages. Some three-year olds may begin showing an interest in reading, while other children may show little interest until they’re five or six. Like walking and talking, regardless of when children begin learning to read, most will become just as proficient as their counterparts who may have started a little sooner. [...]

3004, 2018

How to Keep Students Engaged in Class?

Engaged students are interested, curious, attentive, motivated, and inspired. As educators, we can create an environment that promotes engagement which in turn, promotes learning. Give careful consideration to the learning activities you present to your students and how you can tap into their interests and promote their curiosity. Here are smart strategies that give you a comprehensive answer on how to keep students engaged. [...]

2304, 2018

How to Teach Life Cycles

Teaching life cycles to students is a way to engage young minds in the abstract concepts that we associate with birth, aging, and death, while using a very specific model of the process to deliver a basic cornerstone of science education. By learning about the life cycle of a fly or a frog, a butterfly or a chicken, children can be introduced to the marvelous intricacies of the natural [...]

1604, 2018

How to Teach Journal Writing in K-2

Writing is an important part of children’s education and a skill that requires daily practice. With today’s technology and available games, children are not given the opportunity to draw and write during play-time that often, so it is crucial for teachers to make the most out of writing lessons. According to NCTE / IRA‘s Standards for the English Language Arts (ELA), “Students [should] employ a wide range of strategies [...]

1203, 2018

How to Teach 3D Shapes | 8 Practical Tips

Children learn about shapes, beginning with 2 dimensional (flat) shapes (circles, squares, triangles, etc.). Then, once kids have a good grasp of 2 dimensional (2D) shapes, they can move on to learn about 3 dimensional (solid) shapes. Learning about 3 dimensional (3D) shapes opens up a new world to kids. They become aware that not all shapes are created equal.  2D and 3D shapes have different attributes/features. While 2D [...]

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