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Are your kids learning, or memorizing, math concepts?

Are your kids learning, or memorizing, math concepts?
By Tamara Lubic, Online Editor
July 3, 2013 — Kids in the U.S. clearly need more work in math to boost their skills and school performance, and early childhood math foundations are essential for later math success. Last December the New York Times reported that U.S. students continue to lag behind many nations in math and science, even as our global economy increasingly demands those skills.

Avoid summer brain drain

Avoid summer brain drain
By Tamara Lubic, Online Editor
June 14, 2013 — For generations, spring fever has been both contagious and epidemic, as kids grow antsy, counting down the days until they taste freedom from homework, sit-still class time, and hovering teachers. While unstructured play time is important to creativity and overall development, in our hotly competitive and flattening world, it’s important to help kids avoid losing skills over the summer by keeping them reading, learning, and intellectually challenged.

17 great reading strategies from a first-grade teacher

17 great reading strategies from a first-grade teacher
By Tamara Lubic, Online Editor
June 14, 2013 — Sue Leary, first-grade teacher at Peach Plains Elementary School in Grand Haven, Michigan, offers 17 reading strategies to help you help your child become a strong reader. Summer is made for being outside and soaking up sunshine and fresh air. We sometimes forget that it also opens up time for reading. Grown-ups hear about good “beach reads,” and it’s important to keep kids reading, too.

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