Student Success

10 Ways to Avoid The Summer Slide

 on May 21, 2014

What is the Summer Slide?

Honestly, I wish I were talking about a 3,000 foot waterslide that starts at the top of Angel Falls, but unfortunately I am talking about a phenomenon that affects virtually all students enrolled in a traditional calendar school.  

The Summer Slide: learning loss which occurs from educational inactivity.    

Father's Day Gift Ideas and Crafts

 on May 21, 2014

June is just around the corner and that means it is almost time to celebrate Father's Day! 

Father's Day became a National Holiday in 1972, but had been celebrated for more than 60 years. 

You can read the history of Father's Day here

Measuring Fun!

 on April 29, 2014

What could be a more fun way to practice measuring than to get to measure a friend?!?!

I recently visited a classroom where the students were all busy measuring each other during math!

The teacher found this adorable worksheet and idea at Crazy for First Grade

You will first want to agree as a class on two items you will use to measure with.

Tyrannosaurus Math and Dinosaur Stomp Feet!

 on April 28, 2014

Tyrannosaurus Math is the cutest little math book! You can read a review about this cute book here

Dinosaur Stomp Feet are a ferociously fun craft to create with your students.

After reading this great book and then talking all about the math concepts presented to your class, you can help them make Dinosaur Stomp Feet!

End-of-School Reflections for Students and Teachers

 on April 25, 2014

If I'm not careful, I can find myself charging forward in all areas of our life, never stopping to assess what worked, what didn't, what was great, what was not so great.  When this happens, it is a whole lot harder to improve upon ourselves and improve the way we handle situations. Reflecting on our school year is so important, to file away in our minds, the wonderful memories we made. 

Fitness Video for Kids

 on April 23, 2014

Fitness is an essential part of a child's education.  Not only is it enjoyable, it is imperative for academic success and mental well-being.  This article explains the many health and academic advantages of regular exercise in a child's life, including higher performance in the areas of Reading and Math.

Teacher Appreciation Snack: Trader Joe's Cookie Butter Popcorn!

 on April 23, 2014

For years, I have made my kids what we call "Bunny Grub Popcorn" at Easter. Popcorn, mixed with broken up pretzels, and M&M's with melted white chocolate and peanut butter drizzled over it.

This year, Trader Joe's moved into our town and I have to admit, I spend FAR too much time there. 

Trader Joe's, to most people, means healthy, organic foods at a low price. To me, Trader Joe's means COOKIE BUTTER, any time I want it!!!!!!!!

If you have never had Trader Joe's Cookie Butter, let me try to explain what it is........

Flower Measurement Activity and Worksheet

 on April 22, 2014

Measuring activities can be SO much fun! 

I recently visited a classroom that was working on a measuring activity that was SO creative! Art and Math, together?!?!?! Now that is making math fun!

Lesson Plan for Student Road Trip Project: End of Year Math Project

 on April 22, 2014

I first heard of this awesome project a few years ago when my oldest daughter was in Mrs. Matthew's 5th grade class.  She came home and told me, "I am the driver for our trip!"


Confusion written on my face, I wondered if I needed to call the school and find out what was happening over there!

LadyBug Counters

 on April 14, 2014

Teacher's never cease to amaze me! There is no limit to how hard a teacher will work to make learning fun!

I recently visited a classroom where the students were working on composing and decomposing numbers from 1 to 10.

This happens in kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms all over the country, right? No big deal.

But these kids weren't just counting with boring old counters on boring white ten frames!


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