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A new school year is starting so what are the “Standards” everyone is talking about and why should I care?

Posted on: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 in Back to School, parent involvement, Reading, Standardized Testing

By now, most of us have heard about the “standards. We know that our country’s goal is for all children, 3rd grade and up, to score proficient on the “test.” As an educator I could recite the standards from memory.  … read more »

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First Day of a New School Year – 08/26/11

Posted on: Friday, August 26th, 2011 in Back to School, Book List, parent involvement, Summer Activities for Kids

This week we continue with “Back to School” books but our theme is about being new and trying to make friends.  These books are for the younger set but other kids may also benefit from and enjoy these stories. You … read more »

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Twitter Book Party, August 31st, 7pm

Posted on: Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 in Listening to kids, parent involvement, Reading, Summer Activities for Kids

Kids and parents, join us for a Twitter chat about the book Stir It Up! with author Ramin Ganeshram. and hosted by elementary reading expert Elaine Meyers, creator of Reads Homework Helper. To join us click here Sign me up!

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One more “Back to School” idea

Posted on: Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 in Back to School, parent involvement, Summer Activities for Kids

School supplies are packed and ready to go, new lunch bags have been carefully selected and first day outfits are planned.  Everyone is ready for the first day of school and there is nothing else to do – BUT WAIT … read more »

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Back to School Book Recommendations – 08/18/11

Posted on: Thursday, August 18th, 2011 in Back to School, Book List, Book recommendations, Poetry

With the school year about to begin our book recommendations this week have a “Back to School” theme.  If your kids have a favorite Back to School book please send us the book title and your kid’s review and we’ll … read more »

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A Fresh Start

Posted on: Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 in Back to School, parent involvement

For educators, back to school season is a hectic, yet exciting time. While teachers have been sprucing up their classrooms, you – the ultimate teachers, have been sprucing up the kids.  Depending on where you live, school has already started … read more »

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End of Summer Book Recommendations – 08/11/11

Posted on: Thursday, August 11th, 2011 in Book List, Book recommendations, Books, Reading, Summer Activities for Kids, Western frontier

Our blog this week was an end of summer vacation activity to have the kids think about what they would take on a trip if they were traveling in 1861, 150 years ago.  These book recommendations can be used for … read more »

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A vacation activity

Posted on: Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 in parent involvement, Summer Activities for Kids, Writing

The second week of August and summer is coming to a rapid end. The end of August is the time when many families choose to take vacation or, to just totally relax, after organized summer activities have ended and before … read more »

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Back to School Book Recommendations – 08/04/11

Posted on: Thursday, August 4th, 2011 in Back to School, Book List, Book recommendations, parent involvement, Summer Activities for Kids

As our last two blogs have stated, it’s not too late for your kids to catch up on their summer reading.  Since school is just around the corner this week’s book recommendations have a “Back to School” theme. Miss Nelson … read more »

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It’s August, school is getting close. What’s a parent to do?

Posted on: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 in Back to School, parent involvement, Summer Activities for Kids

The start of August makes it official – it’s back to school time.  This week our suggestions are for kids who are starting a new school or going to school for the first time.  Attending a new school can be … read more »

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