Journal Time

Journaling is probably one of the best ways to get your child to fall in love with writing.  It helps them communicate ideas, reflect on their feelings, process their thoughts, develop a wild imagination, and write while responding to open-ended questions without the structure of a formal essay. Journal time can be unscripted or a guided … Continue reading Journal Time

Decreasing Screen Time

Turning off devices is the key to developing healthy and active children. Year after year, I see an increase in children who are unable to focus in class, complete assigned tasks for more than 20 min., and sit still in the classroom. Not because it’s not engaging... Not because they’ve been diagnosed with a learning … Continue reading Decreasing Screen Time

Tips for Avoiding Summer Learning Loss

For students, this is the most exciting time of the year. The end of May means school is ending, and it's a start to a summer filled with fun activities, hanging out with friends, time with family, playdates, jumping in the pool, traveling, extra sleep, and running up the grocery bill.  For some, it can … Continue reading Tips for Avoiding Summer Learning Loss

Sight words & Reading

There is a push in lower grades for children to memorize the list of sight words that are comparable to their grade level.   Sight words are frequently used words in a text that students recognize instantly without sounding them out.  They account for about 75% of words that beginning readers see in a book, and … Continue reading Sight words & Reading

Depth of Knowledge

Depth of Knowledge (DOK) measures complexity and not difficulty. DOK is a tool used to identify the level of rigor for an assessment. It goes beyond content knowledge, and measures how deep students understand, explain answers to problems, provide solutions, and transfer what is learned to real-world concepts.  Essentially, DOK was created for students to stop … Continue reading Depth of Knowledge