A Northwestern University study investigating the effects of class size on the achievement gap between high and low academic achievers suggests that high achievers benefit more from small classes than low achievers, especially at the kindergarten and first grade levels.Spyros Konstantopoulos’ study, which appears in the March issue of Elementary School Journal, questions commonly held [...]
As Montgomery County, MD ninth-grader Stephen Sabia reads “Romeo and Juliet” and studies the Holocaust and World War II for honors history and English, his mother credits an important ally in her years-long drive to secure the best education possible for her son with Down syndrome: the federal No Child Left Behind law. The six-year-old [...]
TEACHER: Michael, go to the map and find North America. MICHAEL: Here it is! TEACHER: Correct. Now, class, who discovered America? CLASS: Michael! *************************** Have a great weekend! Go out and discover your passion! Or, stay home and visit our school supply website! Visit Schoodoodle.com for spring ideas for your classroom! Either way, enjoy!
Handwriting, Journaling Have your child select a hanging calendar with large spaces for each date, and help her write important events on the calendar (family birthdays, holidays, your upcoming vacation to Grandma’s, etc.). Next, jot down activities from her social calendar (piano class, play dates, school concerts, etc.). Make the calendar a part of everyday [...]
Self-esteem During the first year of your baby’s life, collect items that tell something about his first twelve months and what was happening in the world at that time. Include such items as a newspaper from the day he was born, a fashion or sports magazine, photos of family, pets, house, car, etc. Place these [...]
Subject: English/VocabularyGrade(s): 7 and up OverviewPut new vocabulary words into relevant context with this easy-to-play vocabulary game that is fun and challenging for students of all ages. ObjectivesStudents will:* Write creative definitions for unknown words and use those words in creative sentences. * Determine the real definition of unknown words through context clues. IRA/NCTE Standards [...]
Currency, Mental Calculation Give your child an assortment of coins (e.g. four dimes and four pennies), and pose some coin problems to him. “Show me three coins that add up to twenty-one cents.” “Show me two coins that add up to twenty cents.” “Show me four coins that add up to forty cents.” “Show me [...]
Large Motor Skills Place a 2-inch tear at the fold of a two-page spread of newspaper, at both the top and the bottom. Hold up the newspaper by the corners so that it creates a “wall” for your child to run through. Encourage him to run toward the paper and burst through it. The small [...]