Category Archive for: Elementary School

Will the Obama Administration Start Focusing on Desegregating Schools?

By Evette D. Champion Once Arne Duncan ends his term as Secretary of Education in December, John King will take over. While we don’t expect much to change when it comes to federal education policy, there may be one positive change in the future. King might take the necessary steps to focus the department’s energy and…

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How Much is too Much in Kindergarten?

This article originally found at NPR Nowadays, kindergarteners are learning things that are increasingly more complex. When I was a child, kindergarten consisted of sitting on a mat playing games like duck-duck-goose and who stole the cookie from the cookie jar, naps, and play-doh. It was also about preparing for going to a higher grade. Of…

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How Bad Do You Want It? Part I

I have heard a lot of motivational and empowering speeches and talks in my lifetime. I have actually delivered many motivational and empowering talks myself. It seems that the core message in every one of these speeches, talks, sermons or keynote addresses as been: “How bad do you want it?” So, I want to ask this…

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How to Help Kids Evaluate Websites as Credible Sources

Information is, literally, at the tips of our fingers when it comes to school. But do students know how to vet the sites they are using when conducting research via the Internet? According to Edutopia, “A survey found that only 4 percent of middle school students reported checking the accuracy of information found on the…

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The Surprising Connection Between Pincer Function and Kindergarten Readiness

By Felicia Williams What is one of the most important skills your kindergartner needs to know when he enters the doors of his classroom in the fall? He needs to know how to grip a writing tool. It is an action we often take for granted, but for a little kid it is a skill…

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Whatever Happened to Old School Recess?

There are many “never ending” debates in education. One of them is over the positive effects of recess on students.  This debate always puzzles me because, as far as I can remember, there is proof that there is a positive correlation between recess and student achievement. However, it seems that despite the results of the…

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Imagine, Build, Create: Black Girls Code (Video)

Do you know how to code? Does your child? In 2011, Kimberly Bryant founded Black Girls Code in order to teach young girls the essential skills needed to become the “masters of their technological worlds.” The organization created by the “accidental, non-profit entrepreneur” offers after-school programs, workshops, and community outreach programs created to bring girls to the forefront of…

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Books to Inspire Preschool and Kindergarten-Aged Boys

I cannot emphasize the value of reading. There is even a greater value and personal impact when we see reflections of ourselves in what we read. Just imagine how your son will feel when he reads the books below. One of these may become a favorite of yours or your child. Windflyers by Angela Johnson The…

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Encourage Your Child to Read: 10 Tips for Middle-Schoolers

Originally part of the Encouraging Reading and Writing series at Understood Reading can become a challenge for middle-schoolers. As classwork increases and academic rigor intensifies, the enjoyment they found in reading may decrease. Use these tips to help your children find and maintain their joy for reading. Respect their choice in literature. Your children may…

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