7 Tips for a Smooth Back-to-School Transition

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Nobody likes to see summer end. When I was a kid growing up in New York, school always started the Wednesday after Labor Day. We dreaded it. But by that time the weather was getting cooler; the town pool was closed for the season. You didn’t feel like you were missing out. Nowadays, it seems as if … [Read more...]

21 “Sense-ational” Ways of Teaching Early Reading Skills

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We know that teaching early reading skills using methods that utilize the senses—not just by looking at printed words on a page—is very effective. The good news is that you can do this easily at home. Added bonus: it’s fun, too! Hands-On (Kinesthetic) This active approach helps engage your … [Read more...]

5 Favorite Kindergarten Books from My Childhood

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Reading to children is often touted as the best way to put them on a good path to learning. My parents read to me early and often. Here are some favorite kindergarten books that I read to my own children. Corduroy by Don Freeman A cuddly bear, who wears overalls that are missing a button, is in a … [Read more...]

6 Books I Couldn’t WAIT to Read to My Toddler

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Many of my own fondest childhood memories revolve around reading. Reading some of my treasured childhood books brings me back to that simple magical time. Here are five of my favorites that I couldn't wait to share with my children, small nieces and nephews. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt This … [Read more...]

Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Rate your child’s current abilities in each area on a scale of 1 to 3. 1: Not yet 2: Making progress 3: Consistently able … [Read more...]



Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

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There is no single list of things your child should be able to do before entering kindergarten. And as long as your child meets the age and residency requirements, American public schools must accept your enrollment. Most children will not have already mastered every item in this quiz before … [Read more...]



5 Books for Back to School

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Ah, the transition back to school-is there anything quite like that mix of fun and fear? For any child who may be feeling some school trepidation, give one of these books a try. Superhero School by Aaron Reynolds. Leonard has heat vision and can hit a baseball into orbit. Where does such a kid … [Read more...]

School Year’s Resolutions

When my nephew came home from his first day of kindergarten, his mother was excited to hear about his day. In the most dejected voice, Zach said, "It was awful. They didn't even teach us how to read." I don't remember much about my first day of kindergarten, but I do remember carrying my orange … [Read more...]

Get Ready for Kindergarten Month

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Did you know that August is Get Ready for Kindergarten Month? Here are a couple easy things that you can have your child do to get ready for the big transition: Practice writing her name. One fun way to do this is to send postcards to loved ones, and have her "sign" the bottom. Practice … [Read more...]