Archives for June, 2011

Read with Father

The Role of Fathers in Their Child's Literacy Development: K-3 By: Reading Rockets (2008) Dads play a critical role in their children's literacy development — by modeling reading, sharing stories, exploring the world together, and engaging in meaningful conversations that build critical thinking skills. How should I start? Stop by the children's area at your local library, or check out the recommended Read full article »

Developing memory

Teaching and parenting children with learning differences can mean coming across a number of issues with memory.  The following article from www.teachingld.org addresses this issue. "It’s important to understand that this problem often is not the result of laziness or simple incompetence. While lack of effort in learning can lead to the same outcome, some students experience the problem even though Read full article »

Sleep Loss in Early Childhood May Contribute to the Development of ADHD Symptoms

Findings from a new, large scale research project "suggest that some children who are not getting adequate sleep may be at risk for developing behavioral problems manifested by hyperactivity, impulsivity, and problems sitting still and paying attention." More here Read full article »

Patterns and Categorizing

Even our youngest children are able to recognize patterns and use categories to process new information. Almost everything we see, hear, or touch contains details that our brain processes. Without realizing it, our brain is looking for what is new, what is different, and what has changed. New information is matched to a category that already exists in our mind. Read full article »

How much sleep is enough sleep for children?

Sleep is immensely important to children's performance in school.  At ISM school starts early and the day can be a long one. Most of our students wake between 5 and 6am... so what time should be be going to sleep?  the article below from webmd offers these guidelines. 3-6 Years Old: 10 - 12 hours per day Children at this age typically Read full article »

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Tumble Books

Tumble Books is a huge online resource of books which can be read or listened to online. Many of the books have quizzes and questions afterword to help explore children's comprehension of the book. To access this students must use the log-in name and password given to them by the school. Please see the LS teacher or classroom teacher for more details.

Brain Pop

Brain POP is the home of fun learning! This site offers student the chance to explore many aspects of the world around us in a lively and exciting way. To access this students must use the log-in name and password given to them by the school. Please see the LS teacher or classroom teacher for more details.

Dance Mat Typing

BBC School's Dance Mat Typing is THE place to go for the least boring way to learn to touch type! This site takes student's through basic typing skills via a host of fun songs and crazy characters. No passwork required!