Summer Days and Learning at Home

When school gets out, the kids and I spend the first week or two of summer vacation unscheduled.  There are no camps, classes, or planned activities for the day.  We hardly even leave the house during the day. I need these couple weeks to slow down and recharge as well.  It is during these slow… Continue reading Summer Days and Learning at Home

Multi-Sensory Learning at Home

When I think about the ways kids learn and the way an environment can support learning, I am reminded about the importance of providing kids with materials that can help them visualize a concept or an idea they are working on.  Many of us are visual learners and creating a visual to represent a concept… Continue reading Multi-Sensory Learning at Home

Building Math Fluency

     I've had a couple conversations about how kids learn math facts recently. I thought I would share how I helped my kids develop math fluency and share some resources you can use to help your child strengthen his or her math fluency.   To better understand the approach I take to learning math facts… Continue reading Building Math Fluency

Authenticity, Connectedness and Social Media

Over the weekend I came across an Instagram post by Where Women Create asking, what it means to be authentic in the context of social media.  In the post the author raises questions that I continue to grapple with. "What if, in our quest for authentic we've developed dual lives, dual personas, and a total inability… Continue reading Authenticity, Connectedness and Social Media

A Learning Play Date

This week in Arizona many schools are closed due to the teacher walkout.  There is a great necessity to adequately fund schools in the state. I support the teachers, administrators and support staff who have stood their ground to put pressure on the state legislature and leaders to come up with a solution. Since the… Continue reading A Learning Play Date

Middle School Learners

When my kids were young, I would direct their attention toward nature, building blocks, art supplies, etc to keep little hands busy. We also took trips to the zoo, the park, science museum and gardens.  At home, I would place materials out for them to play with and and use.  It was a very natural… Continue reading Middle School Learners

Choosing Picture Books

Kids love to be read to.  When my kids were preschoolers, I read them many classic picture books I loved as a child.  I chose books with rich language, interesting story lines  and captivating illustrations.  These kinds of books often satisfy children's curiosity and sense of wonder. We also read our fair share of books based… Continue reading Choosing Picture Books

Encouraging a Love of Reading

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." — Frederick Douglass There are many ways to read with your child and encourage a love of reading.  There are also some specific ways you can provide support to your child as she reads.  In this post, I will start by describing how I developed… Continue reading Encouraging a Love of Reading

Supporting Your Child’s Learning ~ Questions to Ask

In recent days, I have had several conversations with parents about how to help their child with homework and how to gain a better understanding about what their child is learning in school.  Like most parents I also worry about my children's academic progress.  There are countless worries, right? Often we get caught up in… Continue reading Supporting Your Child’s Learning ~ Questions to Ask