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Failing Kindergarten?

Failing Kindergarten?

New requirements are pushing academics into preschool and Kindergarten. Are we expecting too much of our young children? We have all heard of four-year-olds learning to read, but does that mean that most children that age could do the same? There are programs that claim to be able to accomplish just that, but is it really the right thing for the children? Some years ago, my daughter conducted a da ...[Read More]

Structured vs. Random Practice—Are Flashcards the Right Strategy?

Structured vs. Random Practice—Are Flashcards the Right Strategy?

Is your child having difficulty learning letter names, numbers, or sight words? The teacher is likely to send home a packet of flashcards for practice. But is this an effective strategy for your child? It is true that the fluent reader will automatically call up common words from memory. There is no need to stop and think about them or sound them out. The same goes for such things as letter names ...[Read More]

Instilling Confidence in Your Child

Instilling Confidence in Your Child

Is there anything more delightful than the excitement in the face of a baby taking those first unaided steps? In that moment, this little one is ready to conquer the world! When the toddler proudly declares, “Me do it aw ba ma sev!” he expresses unabated confidence. Children enter this life wired to learn and have a natural enthusiasm for conquering new skills. As parents, we delight in each of th ...[Read More]