No one likes to hear the “r” word in an educational setting. As a parent, hearing the word, retention can stir up strong emotions for you. The term is scary, carries a lot of weight, can be embarrassing and frustrating, and unfortunately, there is a negative stigma attached to it. Children can be retained because … Continue reading Retention: Is it worth it?
This picture that accompanies this post may look crazy to you, but it’s a strategy that helps someone focus. I love to observe people. I catch some things that that the regular human eye may miss. Yesterday, while I was on set with my daughter, I observed that the director was writing in this tiny … Continue reading Help them figure it out
Writing is not a skill that's developed overnight. It takes time, patience, guidance, and a lot of practice. For some reason, we believe that children should be born with the ability to write a fantastic five-paragraph essay that has ideas that flow, vivid details, amazing characters, varying sentences, and includes words that show off their … Continue reading Writing Strategies
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
As your child grows and develops, the way they hold their pencil will begin to change. As you're guiding them, you want to make sure you're allowing their fine and gross motor skills to develop. You don't want to rush their development. Your child will let you know when they are ready to move forward. Monitor each stage … Continue reading Pencil Grasp Development