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Ready, Set, Go to Kindergarten

07/02/2018 | Comments Off on Ready, Set, Go to Kindergarten

This summer we have had a flurry of parents calling to ask us, “Is my child ready for Kindergarten?”  The real question should be, “Is my child ready for school?” Kindergarten is the first BIG step for many children into formal education.  Kindergarten is chalked full of many social expectations, but add to that reading, math, handwriting and content area subjects.  You need to ensure your child has a solid foundation to build all these new skills.  It is important as … Continue reading

How to “Help” with Homework

02/05/2018 | Leave a Comment

Educators have long used homework as a tool to reinforce what students are learning in class.  However, with after school activities and high academic expectations, homework can become a source of anxiety and stress for the whole family.  While students need to be the ones completing the work, there are many things parents can do to assist their children to make homework time a more positive experience for all. Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do … Continue reading

How to Help Your Child Study

12/18/2017 | Leave a Comment

Test on Friday?  Exams around the corner?  This can cause anyone to go into panic mode.   How does your child study?  Does your child think re-reading notes is all they have to do to study?  Are they utilizing the methods that realmadrid work best for his learning style? Are you worried you have no idea how to help your child to study? Here are tried and true  methods to help your child study: * have your child make flashcards * … Continue reading

Summer Slide Prevention

05/24/2017 | Leave a Comment

Believe it or not, summer is here!  This is the time of year we all look forward to some unstructured, downtime with thoughts of school a million miles away.  Take some time and regroup, but as you think about your summer plans be sure to include some time for structured learning.  Here are the facts about summer learning loss: Students can lose up to 15% of their academic ability over the summer if they don’t read, write, or practice math. Some … Continue reading

Little Scholars Around the Community

04/24/2017 | Leave a Comment

Over Spring Break we had the opportunity to spend time with our friends from University of Richmond Continuing Studies at a two day camp hosted by the Richmond City Police Department.  Thank you to our amazing teacher, Abe Sanchez for working with these awesome little scholars!

Kindergarten Readiness

02/14/2017 | Leave a Comment

Many parents ask this question to us every year, “Is my child ready for Kindergarten?”  The real question should be, “Is my child ready for school?” Kindergarten is the first BIG step for many children into formal education. Kindergarten is chocked-full of many social expectations, but add to that reading, math, handwriting and content area subjects.  Parents want to make sure their child has a solid foundation to build all these new skills.  It is important to consider some of these … Continue reading

Homework Hints!

09/23/2015 | Leave a Comment

Well, here we go again…homework!  It was a struggle when I was a child and it is a struggle with my own children.  The purpose of homework is to reinforce what was taught in class. Teachers assign different kinds of homework from fill-in the blank worksheets to long term projects. Believe it or not, there are some benefits to homework!  The more elaborate projects can provide a rich link to the subject matter and engage children in topics more in depth … Continue reading

Parent Teacher Conference Day Questions

10/12/2013 | Leave a Comment

Ready, Set, Go…..you have 20 minutes of undivided attention from your child’s teacher to discuss  academic progress.  After the teacher has shared your child’s work and  assessments,  use this list of questions to  find out even more about your child’s school experience:  Is my child is working to the best of his abilities?  This question allows the teacher to share what she sees in the classroom.  You may observe something completely different at home.  My middle son was described by his … Continue reading

Twas The First Day of School

08/26/2013 | 1 Comment

Twas the morning of the first day of school, when all through the halls not a creature was stirring not even the baseballs. The chairs were snug by each desk with care, in hopes that the school buses soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of homework danced in their heads; And the teachers were smiling and laughing with thoughts of sweet faces on their way, when the children had suddenly just … Continue reading

Tools to create!

07/08/2013 | Leave a Comment

I am the first to admit that I love the hot weather and the summer time, but  all the sun and fun can become brutal even for a sun worshiper like me!   As the temperature rises, the kids tend to spend more time inside and boy do they get bored quick!  Sometimes I wonder why I even have toys at my house because what keeps my kids entertained more than anything else are the ‘creation’ boxes in my teacher … Continue reading

Summer Read Aloud Facts for ALL Ages

06/06/2013 | Leave a Comment

Summer vacation is in full swing at my house.  This morning as I was heading to work and the kids were headed to camp and the pool, I gave the “talk.”  You know the one about how each day this summer we are going to read for 30 minutes, do three journal entries a week and work on math facts.  (This is the same talk that goes in one ear and out the other as they are planning their daily … Continue reading

Summer Learning Loss Facts

05/14/2013 | Leave a Comment

Summertime!  Pool, camps, baseball games, chasing fireflies, lazy summer days, right?  Well, not so fast!  There is a very real issue that constant plagues our children every year during these lazy summer days.  It is summer slide which is the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the course of summer vacation. This past fall I received a phone call from a panicked mom.  Her son had spent lots of time at the river, pool, play dates and vacation, but … Continue reading

“It’s Just Preschool”

02/18/2013 | Leave a Comment

“It’s just preschool…”say lots of people all the time. Well, it is NOT just preschool!  Over the years, I have heard this phrase from friends, parents and educational professionals.  I heard it again this week from a preschool teacher. I firmly believe our educational system is broken and backwards.  Why do we try to fix children from the top down?  Why do we wait until we have lost a child to crime, dropout rates or teenage pregnancy? What would happen … Continue reading

8 Ways to Deal with a Bad Grade

11/05/2012 | Leave a Comment

Your third-grader brings home a reading test for you to sign, and your heart sinks when you see the red F at the top of the paper, and “how did you study for this test?” underlined with big, bold letters. Your child is crushed as he shows you the paper. Your first thought is to reassure him and then ask: What’s going on here?  Is the work really too hard? Does he need extra help? How will this affect his confidence? … Continue reading

The Benefits of Tutoring

07/04/2012 | Leave a Comment

A parent recently told me he would have never made it through school without his tutor. He was not a poor student by any means; he actually graduated near the top of his class from a very prestigious school in Richmond, Virginia and went on to a top-notch college. When I asked him why his tutor was essential to his education, he said “she knew how I learned and was able to teach me to see things in a different way, … Continue reading

Summer Learning Loss

04/30/2012 | Leave a Comment

Summer Is Here!  Are you ready? Believe it or not, summer is around the corner!  This is the time of year we all look forward to some unstructured, downtime with thoughts of school a million miles away.  As you think about the plans to take a break, studies show that this is not a good idea. Here are the facts: Students can lose up to 15% of their academic ability over the summer if they don’t read, write, or practice … Continue reading

Handwriting Help Coming Your Way!

03/25/2012 | Leave a Comment

You know how I always say there seems to be waves of issues plaguing our children.  From Preschoolers to 5th graders, this spring the overwhelming issue has been handwriting.   Handwriting has taken a back seat in education for some time now, but it is making a comeback and personally, I am glad.  Handwriting has a significant place in the educational setting.   Handwriting fluency is a fundamental building block of learning.  Handwriting issues are linked to spelling, writing, math, study skills, … Continue reading

Comprehension Scholars

01/02/2012 | Comments Off on Comprehension Scholars

Did you know there is more to reading than reading?  Technically, reading is a multifaceted process involving word recognition, comprehension, fluency, and motivation.  We have all heard of the four year old who is reading “Harry Potter”, right?  Well, he may be reading the words, but chances are he does not understand the words he is “reading.”  It is important to make sure your child is not only a fluent reader, but also comprehending what he reads.  I believe comprehension … Continue reading

Questions to make the most out of Parent-Teacher Conferences

11/07/2011 | Comments Off on Questions to make the most out of Parent-Teacher Conferences

Ready, Set, Go…..you have 20 minutes of undivided attention from your child’s teacher to discuss their progress for the first part of the school year.  After the teacher has shared your child’s work and her assessments, here is a list of questions that will help you find out even more about your child’s school experience. Do you feel my child is working to the best of his abilities?  This question allows the teacher to share what she sees in the … Continue reading

THE IMPORTANCE OF TUTORING

10/10/2011 | Leave a Comment

A parent recently told me he would have never made it through school without his tutor. He was not a poor student by any means; he actually graduated near the top of his class from a very prestigious school and went on to a top notch college. When I asked him why his tutor was essential to his education, he said “she knew how I learned and was able to teach me to see things in a different way, different than … Continue reading

10 STEPS TO EASE THE STRESS OF HOMEWORK

09/11/2011 | Leave a Comment

One of the top frustrations I hear from parents is about homework.  Quality homework assignments are an excellent extension of what your child is doing in the classroom. It gives you an opportunity to see what your child is learning and should be a review of the curriculum they have been working on in school.  BUT…it is still homework and your child is tired, hungry and doesn’t want to do it, right?  Here are some strategies to help ease the … Continue reading

Are you ready for school?

08/08/2011 | 1 Comment

I am not sure about you, but I think back to school season is one of the most exciting times of the year.  I am pretty sure one of the requirements for becoming a teacher is you have to have a true love for shopping for school supplies.   The girls at the Little Scholars office were talking about how much fun we have back to school shopping with our children.  We make it a special date with each child … Continue reading

5 STRATEGIES TO BUILD MATH CONFIDENCE

07/08/2011 | Leave a Comment

This year is just like every other year.  There seems to be one BIG issue facing our students.   Last year, we are seeing a flurry of children with reading fluency and spelling issues.  The major concern I hear from parents this school year has been their child’s math struggles.  Math can be a challenge for students because they are faced with mathematical skills that are difficult to learn and typically this is caused by a lack of foundation in basic … Continue reading

Sweet Summertime!

06/09/2011 | Leave a Comment

So, here we are again…summer!  How does it come so quickly every year?  I know by the time I blink my eyes it will be gone again.  Like many of you, I have been putting in place insurances so my children do not lose what they have learned over the past school year. I am having my children work on skills that need reinforcement and enriching the areas where they excel. TJ has been struggling for a while with comprehension … Continue reading

Five Strategies To Inspire A Weary Reader

05/06/2011 | Leave a Comment

Recently, my sweet middle child announced his dislike of reading.  It really wasn’t a surprise to me.  Reading is not his strength.  He has always struggled with comprehension, vocabulary and fluency.  I was faced with the challenge of having to show him how to be a better reader when I know I am going to face resistance.  I have been working on instilling some of my reading strategies from back in my teaching days with him.  Here are FIVE strategies I used to … Continue reading

Why I Love Study Hall

02/17/2010 | Leave a Comment

It’s Winter in Virginia.  Some days it’s warm, and as we’ve seen this year, some days it snows a foot!  Who knows what tomorrow’s weather will bring, but one thing I knew today was my children are going to want play outside!!! If it was a Monday, I would be dreading the fact that I would literally have to drag my children in the house at 4pm to do homework. I can hear the “oh, mom, really?” or “okay, but … Continue reading

Twas the First Day of School

12/14/2009 | 3 Comments

Twas the morning of the first day of school, when all through the halls not a creature was stirring not even the baseballs. The chairs were snug by each desk with care, in hopes that the school buses soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of homework danced in their heads; And the teachers were smiling and laughing with thoughts of sweet faces on their way, when the children had suddenly just … Continue reading

How Not to Talk to Your Children

11/30/2009 | Leave a Comment

“When parents praise their children’s intelligence, they believe they are providing the solution to this problem. According to a survey conducted by Columbia University, 85 percent of American parents think it’s important to tell their kids that they’re smart…But a growing body of research—and a new study from the trenches of the New York public-school system—strongly suggests it might be the other way around. Giving kids the label of “smart” does not prevent them from underperforming. It might actually be … Continue reading

The journey of learning

09/16/2009 | Leave a Comment

“It is a journey not a race” was the message delivered to the parents at my sons’ back to school night.  It made me smile as this is one of my fundamental beliefs and a cornerstone of Little Scholars’ philosophy.  Every child learns at a different pace.  Some children excel at sports before their peers while the same child struggling to score a goal is reading a year or more ahead of his classmates.  It is important that the child … Continue reading