During the process of nurturing young children to learn to read, I began to realize there were other skills that I needed to encourage in order to make our efforts more productive. We can teach children to recognize the alphabet, to read sight words and to write their name, but often, early on, those letters and first words might remain mere symbols to them unless children … [Read more...] about Literacy and Intelligence
I was a good student all through my school years, but as it got more complicated, I struggled with math. As I embarked on my first year of college, applying for a degree in the business school, I found that these high level math requirements became the gatekeeper of whether I would achieve that goal. Years later however, I found myself defying the prediction that my failure to … [Read more...] about Math and…Happiness?
There is so much information and confusion going on about the coming school year. Instead of attempting to make sense of it I am going to offer praise to the teachers, who are so often unsung heroes and forgotten faces. When I left my last job in 2011, the school was closing. Sentimental about leaving a wonderful group of children and families, I was feeling some … [Read more...] about In Praise of Teachers
What I love best about children ages 3 to 5 is that they are most often uninhibited, happy and busy. They are known to embrace you in a spontaneous hug, or sometimes an unwelcome shove if they don’t know how to use their words yet. They are tactile, physical and emotional beings by definition at this stage of life. It will be difficult to teach them social distancing. I know … [Read more...] about Preparing for School, In and Out of a Pandemic
The end of this school year brought many struggles and disappointments to parents and students. Online teaching suddenly became a norm, but one that had not been practiced much. There were some innovators that charted new courses with this mode of education and I know one of them. My friend Susan has been holding court with her K-2 students online from 9 to 3pm. When I … [Read more...] about Different Can be Good