Free Parent Involvement Activity – "Love, Dad" – Grades K-3rd

Comprehension Children find it thrilling to receive a special note from Dad (or Mom). Write a short letter to your child and put it somewhere where she will find it (on her pillow, taped to the bathroom mirror, in her lunch box, etc.). It can be a very simple note, such as, “Dear Katie, I […]

Free Parent Involvement Activity – "Anticipation Games" – 3-12 Months

Listening Skills, Language Skills, Memory Skills Anticipation Actions: Babies enjoy and quickly learn to anticipate certain actions when you are playing with them. Tell your child what you are about to do, and then do it. “I’m going to kiss your nose!” “I’m going to kiss your foot!” etc. Soon she will eagerly anticipate the […]

Research Supports the Use of Educational Games

Studies show that the use of educational games effectively increases motivation, participation and retention among students, and can be especially beneficial in differentiated classrooms and among underserved and struggling learners (McAllister & Bothman, 2005). Games have advantages and effectiveness on learning that is hard to achieve in other ways. In “Creative Games for the Language […]

One-in-Five and Growing Fast: A Profile of Hispanic Public School Students

The number of Hispanic students in the nation’s public schools nearly doubled from 1990 to 2006, accounting for 60% of the total growth in public school enrollments over that period. There are now approximately 10 million Hispanic students in the nation’s public kindergartens and its elementary and high schools; they make up about one-in-five public […]

U.S. States Hire Foreign Teachers to Ease Shortages

The school system in coastal Baldwin County — 60 miles by 25 miles (97 kilometers by 40 kilometers) of Alabama farmland framed on two sides by waterfront towns — was short on teachers, especially in courses such as math and science. So short, in fact, that district officials went around the world last year, with […]

Fourteen States Plan to Link End-of Course Exams to High School Graduation by 2015

In its seventh annual report on high school exit exams, the Center on Education Policy (CEP) finds that exit exams continue to have a significant impact on American education. By 2012, 74 percent of the nation’s public school students in 26 states will be required to pass an exit exam to graduate, according to the […]

Philly School Rekindles Same-Sex Education Debate

Calling all ninth-grade boys! Raise your hand if this school sounds like fun: wearing jackets and ties every day, staying until 5 p.m., learning Latin and — to top it all off — no girls. Who’s in? Turns out, about 270 boys. And 100 more are on a waiting list. Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia, one […]

Free Teacher Motivational Quote – "Enthusiasm"

I studied the lives of great men and famous women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm. Quote by: Henry Truman ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Whatever you do, […]

Free Parent Involvement Activity – "Five Clues" – Ages 7+

Bonus question: Why are detectives sometimes called “gumshoes?” Write down clues (one at a time) about the identity of a famous person, place, or object. Encourage your child to guess the secret identity within five clues. Start out with a very broad clue, making each follow-up clue more detailed (if necessary). Examples: 1. I am […]

Free Parent Involvement Activity – "Color Can" – Age 2

Color Recognition, Sorting, Motor Skills Gather three empty cans and cover the lip of each with masking tape to protect against sharp edges. Cover the outside of each can with a different color of construction paer, such as yellow, red, and blue. Now let your child sort his small toys such as colorful plastic building […]