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
Ever since I started reading Daniel T. Willingham’s column, “Ask the Cognitive Scientist,” in American Educator, I have followed his articles and books. His writing style is direct and clear, and he makes any topic easy to understand, whether one is unfamiliar with the content or has advanced knowledge. His latest book, The Reading Mind: … Continue reading Book Review: The Reading Mind
You came home from work, made dinner, cleaned up the kitchen, and now it is time to get your child to bed. If you are the parent of a child who is at least eight years old, you might just say, “Good Night!” The last thing you want to do is begin reading a book … Continue reading Reading Aloud to Your Older Child
Spelling can be a challenge for many while others have a knack for it. Recently, Ryan Himmelsbach, a Long Island 7th grader and first place winner of the Regional Scripps Spelling Bee, was interviewed and asked how he remembers how to spell words that most people would find very difficult. Besides hard work, discipline, and … Continue reading Spelling Bee Champion’s Tips
I had an interesting conversation with a client regarding her daughter’s academic performance. The teacher told her that her daughter reads well, but she struggles in math because she needs the math problems read to her in order to solve them. This does not make sense. If a student “needs” the math problems read and … Continue reading Is it a math problem?