The cover story for Newsday, July 8, 2018, was entitled Debate on Homework: Parents and Educators Across LI React to Long Beach Decision to Eliminate Traditional Studies. I was very interested to see how Long Beach was going to roll out their no-homework policy for kindergarten through third grade and to understand why they want … Continue reading Is Homework Necessary?
Just imagine a child’s excitement when he is ready to begin school. Perhaps he watched cartoons and children’s shows depicting fun-filled school days filled with learning and activities, listened to his friends, parents, and siblings talk about school, and watched the school bus pick up children on the block. And now the time has come … Continue reading Failing Students or Failing Schools?
Many parents and even educators are confused about what it means when we refer to Whole Language, Balanced Literacy, and Systematic Phonics approaches to literacy instruction. When I teach children, I use storytelling and metaphor to make difficult topics relatable. The following story/metaphor will hopefully help you understand the terminology identified with each approach and … Continue reading Taken for a Ride With Balanced Literacy
Eat chocolate! It’s good for you! The latest claims will make you feel that this sweet indulgence actually has health benefits. I really want to believe this is true…. Every night I have a piece of dark chocolate after dinner, thinking I will live longer, prevent heart disease, and improve my memory by eating my … Continue reading Reading and Chocolate: Sweet Lies
H – Have conversations. Language builds comprehension. A – A positive attitude nurtures change. P – Play indoor games that build memory, concentration, and recall. P – Play outside. Exercise and fresh air are brain-builders. Y – You are your child’s first teacher. N – Notice the world with your child and discuss. Build … Continue reading New Year’s Resolution