Getting the school year off to a great start, not only sets the standard and pace for the year, but also establishes good routines that are benefitted from for the entire year. A good start to the year can have a positive effect our student’s confidence, attitude, and performance both socially and academically all year through. The degree of adjustment depends on each child and family independently, but with a little forethought and planning, we can help the year be off to a great start.
Are you not sure what to do to keep your student’s academic skills sharp over the summer? One of the biggest skills to keep sharp during the warm days of summer is reading! Libraries all over the country are promoting and keeping students engaged in reading with incentives that the kids love. There are many cooperate companies that are getting on board as well.
Are you or your students poets, and do they know it? The month of April is National Poetry Month. The Academy of American Poets set this month aside in 1996 to highlight, encourage, and focus on reading and writing poetry. What better time to attempt new ways to integrate poetry into your therapy session? The following are some ideas that will help your student who struggles with the ability to rhyme as well as encourage a love for poetry.
Spring breaks are coming to a close around the country. Students are heading back with fervor as the taste of a break still lingers on their hearts and minds. However, for most educational therapy students, this time of year also marks the beginning or continuing of annual testing. Below are some tips to help make the process of annual testing organized, successful, and fun for both your students and yourself.
Math demands are rising in our society. However, with a little creativity you can increase your child’s math awareness, number sense, and confidence when you infuse math in your everyday life. Here are a few tips for encouraging and strengthening math skills.
Fun Tips to get you started for a month long celebration: Be excited about reading with your children. Fun and excitement is contagious! Start the day with green eggs or other Seuss inspired menu items. Set the day aside for reading. Reading any and all books with fun activities to go with it Invite a “mystery reader” to surprise your children and read aloud to them. Create a comfy place to enjoy reading. Have your child imagine and write a book of their own that they can read to others. Set a goal for how many pages or number of books your children can read in the month of March. Have them help choose the reward for meeting the goal. read more[…]
There are countless ways you can weave vocabulary development into the daily routine with your child. Engaging in meaningful conversation with your youngster not only expands their exposure to new words, but these interactions build relationship as well.
Reading with your child shouldn’t stop once they become independent readers. Children, as old as eleven, showed growth academically when they read with a parent. Reading with a parent in the upper grades provides opportunities to discover different genres, develop vocabulary, and increase the desire to read for enjoyment purposes. Children who are found to enjoy reading, more often than not, are found to read above grade level. When children see their parents modeling reading for enjoyment, they are thirteen times more likely to read for enjoyment themselves.
Research has found that childhood play actually strengthens young brains while teaching important life-skills required for success in school and beyond. Need help encouraging imagination and positive self-control situations for all ages? Here are a few suggestions…
Lock in your child’s handwriting gains over the summer! Support the development of fine motor skills in their hands and fingers by downloading these fun and simple home activity ideas. Remember handwriting develops reading, writing, language and critical thinking. Fine Motor Activities