Musical Books – Early & Emergent Reader Activity to Introduce Children to New Books

  Introducing Early & Emergent Readers to New Books When I was teaching a kindergarten / first grade combo class, I was always trying new methods to get those active little minds (and bodies) excited about reading. One activity my early and emergent readers LOVED that was very successful in …

How The Coronavirus Turned Me Into An Instant Homeschooler

The Coronavirus turned millions of parents into instant homeschoolers. I never planned to homeschool, but COVID-19 didn’t care about my plans (or anyone else’s). This rapidly spreading virus closed schools across the nation and turned stay-at-home parents to full-time working parents into homeschoolers with little to no preparation. Many school …

Put This ONE Thing On Your To-Do List For Your 3rd Grader! (SPOILER – It’s 3rd Grade Math Facts!)

TOO MANY THINGS! The list of things you should do to support your children academically is endless. Reading, spelling words, math facts, star student posters, science projects, book reports – I could go on forever. Some of these items just don’t get done while others get done with mediocre results. …

A Simple Hack to Memorize the Multiplication Facts & How it Gave My Daughter a Reason to Celebrate!

MY THIRD GRADER DIDN’T GET INVITED TO A PARTY What does memorizing multiplication facts have to do with getting invited to parties? It can have an unexpected influence when you are in the third grade. During the first week of school, my third grader came home with a slew of …

The Fastest And Easiest Way to Teach Struggling Students To Memorize Multiplication Facts

MEMORIZING MULTIPLICAITON FACTS CAN BE STRESSFUL Memorizing multiplication facts is a key component in the third-grade math curriculum. Students who are able to quickly recall multiplication facts enjoy a plethora of advantages. Third grade classes often have speed races for multiplication facts, invite only parties for students who have passed …