Ahoy mateys! Did you know that September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day? More than a silly-fun holiday that turns normal adults and children's speech into marauding bandit-wantabes, Talk Like a Pirate Day can be used to promote and even build English skills. [Read more…]
Orange juice, bagels, toast, cereal, pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, breakfast options seem endless. However, did you know how important eating a healthy breakfast is for a student's academic learning? It's much more vital then you may think, and more often than not, students are going to class without the nutrition they need.
Nanas, grannies, pop-pops, and grandpas, we all have them even if we call them different names. Grandparents are one of the most important structural elements of the family unit, second only to parents themselves. While going back two generations can help in understanding the past, your student can also learn much from grandparents in the areas of wisdom and knowledge.
In a society of me-centered attitudes, caring for others can be sparsely lacking. It remains a fact over the decades that only a small percentage of community members ever volunteer for public service. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2011, 26% of the population volunteers for an organization at least once a year.
School can be awkward. Making friends can even be more so. If making friends with peers is a challenge for your learner, you can help him boost confidence as a parent. After all, you likely can remember back to the time you didn't know anyone in class and walking the hallway was a lonely experience, right?
Children have an innate propensity to daydream. Wandering minds can drive some parents absolutely crazy, especially if they want their student to focus on a task for a period of time. With younger children, attention spans can be very short and limited in scope. Although some suffer permanently from attention deficit disorder, many children start growing attention spans as they age in maturity and mental capacity. [Read more…]
The countdown is on! This year the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England promises to offer the world thrilling contests in many sporting events including favorites like swimming, diving, track, gymnastics, volleyball, and more. The world's best athletes converge one week from now to put their talents to the test from July 25 – August 12. (Download or print the event schedule.) [Read more…]
Over 40 years ago, man made history; man walked on the moon (and finally confirmed it was not made of cheese!). In honor of Neil Armstrong's history-changing stroll on July 20, 1969 across the surface of another orb, we thought this week would be a great time to study about Man on the Moon.
"A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language." – W.H. Auden
Increase your student's love of literature and appreciation for poetry with these helpful resources for National Poetry Month this April. From Chaucer to Shakespeare, haikus to sonnets, and metaphors to meters, these handy poetry websites include information and activities that make learning poetry fun.