March 2, 2015

Mother and Daughter Reading Together

Reading With Your Child–Best Methods

By Natalia Fadul (Writing) In the midst of our busy lives, we sometimes find it so challenging to take five minutes to sit down and listen to our children read. Instead, we often find ourselves telling our children to read to themselves while we are busy cooking dinner, doing laundry, or writing a brief. However,  read more…


What Reading Skills do Students Need By the End of First Grade?

By Joanna Brown (Reading Specialist) The concepts that young readers learn will guide them as they master more complicated texts through the years. These most basic skills are vital to their future success as readers.  Unfortunately, many students do not develop a concrete toolbox of strategies when they are young, and fall behind when texts become  read more…

education and money

More Education = More Income

by Eduardo Porter, The New York Times Imagine if the United States government taxed the nation’s one-percenters so that their post-tax share of the nation’s income remained at 10 percent, roughly where it was in 1979. If the excess money were distributed equally among the rest of the population, in 2012 every family below that  read more…

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Excessive Homework is the Complaint of Only a Few

By Annie Murphy Paul from The Brilliant Report My children are five and eight, in preschool and second grade. Their school doesn’t begin assigning homework until third grade, so homework isn’t something we’ve had to deal with—yet. But we have many friends with older children who passionately lament how much time and energy and emotion  read more…

Executive Function Kid with Clock

Executive Function–We Know Why You’re Always Late

By Sumathi Reddy, Wall Street Journal Chronically late people can be frustrating and baffling to anyone stuck waiting for them. One main explanation for their behavior is deceptively simple, psychologists say: People simply underestimate how long a task will take. That’s a little-known concept called the planning fallacy, which is a strong tendency to chronically  read more…


Subitizing As an Important Math Skill

While “subitizing” may not be a well-known word, it is certainly an important mathematical skill.  “Subitizing” is being able to instantly recognize the amount of objects without actually counting them. Much like the importance of being able to calculate estimates, subitizing is something that comes up in the every day lives of students.  One example  read more…

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