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Bookmaking for Kids: Accordion Envelope Books

The following post is from Kristina of Toddler Approved: Bookmaking is a simple and fun way to get kids excited about reading and writing. When I was an elementary school teacher, bookmaking was always a favorite activity. I've recently started making books with my five year old, and he is now obsessed! Simple accordion envelope…

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Help Your Child Get the Most Out of Their Summer Reading Assignments

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: See all of the Homework Helps posts here. Many schools require students to read extensively during their break. It’s one thing to move your eyes over the words on each page, and quite another to really grasp the deeper meanings in a book. No matter what…

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7 Ways to Strengthen Your Child’s Math Skills This Summer

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: See all of the Homework Helps posts here. Because American students lag behind much of the world on standardized tests, most schools are increasing the emphasis on math.  Summer is a great time to help your child solidify the skills that they learned this past school…

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Fifty Books to Enjoy with Kids {Reading Guide}

Reading is an important part of our family's culture, and I love children's books. We have hundreds of them, with no plans to declutter our collection any time soon, and I dream of having an extensive home library, not just for our children, but for our children's children as well! However, as our kids get…

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Activity Jars Full of Summer Fun

The following post is from Jennifer Burke, a lifelong educator: The first few days of summer vacation are exciting:  sleeping in, playing under the sprinkler, lunch at the park, no homework and catching fireflies!  It doesn’t take too long, though, until your ears pick up a whining, “Mom, I’m bored.  What can we do?” A…

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Backfill and Prepare to Help Kids Overcome School Anxiety

The following post is from Jennifer Burke, a lifelong educator: “Mom, my stomach hurts. Can I stay home today?”  “I hate school!” If you hear this frequently, you may have a struggling learner. For these students, school is anything but enjoyable. Don’t wait for things to get better - usually they don’t. Without parental involvement…

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