It’s My Life

May 3rd, 2012

It’s My Life is a fantastic site within PBS Kids GO! geared toward upper elementary and middle school students. It covers topics such as friends, family, school, body and health, emotions, and money. Kids can read and respond to tough issues like bullying and transitioning to middle school. And if parents want some pointers on how to talk to their kids about such topics, It’s My Life can help!

Xtra Math

January 12th, 2012

When your child has grown weary of flashcards, it’s time to shake things up. Xtramath.org is a nonprofit, ad-free site dedicated to providing students with systematic math facts practice. Students are administered placement quizzes to determine appropriate starting levels and then provided daily practice on new and mastered facts. Regular progress reports are emailed to parents, allowing you to track your child’s progress.

Math fact fluency is crucial for all of our students as it frees the mind to focus on higher level problem solving. Xtramath is easy to use, and best of all, it’s free!

The Future of Special Education?

May 17th, 2011

Is the Ipad taking over the world of assistive technology?   Already, there is an overwhelming number of apps for those with special needs.  Recently, I came across this website which offers video demonstrations of various special education apps.  The goal of Apps for Children with Special Needs is to offer a preview tool for potential educational app consumers.  I have found it to be incredibly helpful in my own research. 

One should note that app developers pay for a4cwsn.com to promote their apps;  however, a4cwsn.com claims they will and do reject any apps they feel do not meet their required standards.

Dreaded Math Facts

October 12th, 2010

When students aren’t fluent with multiplication and division facts, math in the upper elementary grades can be super challenging.   Conestoga Valley has adopted the Otter Creek Math Facts Program, and chances are, your child is involved in this program on a daily basis.  Watch this video to find out what you can do at home to support your child’s progress.  Feel free to drop a comment or email me should you need further information.

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Planner or Procrastinator?

September 8th, 2010

alarm clockHey Kids,

By now you know that good time management is the key to school success.  But do you know what your time management style is?  That’s right, we all have an individual style in how we manage our homework, studies, extra-curricular schedules, etc.  Find out yours by taking this quiz from Scholastic.  Share your result with me, and together, we’ll build upon it!