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Wow, November is hot on our heels! With this month just around the corner, the holidays start to creep into our minds. What holiday do many people associate with November?


Being such a fun time of year, one often associated with families and spending time with each other, why not practice some learning skills at home themed for the upcoming occasion.

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 Math-Themed Learning Activities:

I am a big supporter of cooking with children. Not only does this skill allow them to practice different math concepts/skills, but it also involves problem-solving and reading (especially if there is a recipe to follow and trying to figure out how much food you need to accommodate a specific number of people). Below are links to different Thanksgiving/Fall-themed recipes that children could help out within the kitchen.

·         Simple Roasted Apples with Cinnamon Sugar

o   https://www.amydgorin.com/recipes/roasted-apples/

·         Cranberry Corn Muffins

o   https://www.theleangreenbean.com/cranberry-corn-muffins/

·         15 Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes-Highlights

o   https://www.highlights.com/parents/recipes/15-kid-friendly-thanksgiving-recipes

·         12 Tasty Thanksgiving Side Dishes To Make With Your Kids

o   http://www.mykidsadventures.com/thanksgiving-side-dish-recipes/

ELA-Themed Learning Activities:

                Borrowing books from the library and reading them each night can be a great idea for incorporating reading practice during this exciting fall time. Below are some links that list different Thanksgiving books.

·         A quick Google search for “Thanksgiving books for kids” brings up an exhaustive list of fall-themed books (for both younger and older students). This list includes picture books and chapter books.

o   https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=IhS-W72uE9DWwQL-oazIBw&q=thanksgiving+books+for+kids&btnK=Google+Search&oq=thanksgiving+books+for+kids&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0j0i22i30l5.182910.186491..186610...0.0..0.217.4105.1j25j2....2..0....1..gws-wiz.....0..0i131.sQLECLcxHtY

·         Goodreads.com has over 100 different book titles for children. This website is great because it has a picture of the book cover (sneak peeks are fun).

o   https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1089.Best_Children_s_Thanksgiving_Books

·         Readbrightly.com has both books to read and activities to do. This list includes activities to get active, arts and crafts, and so much more.

o   https://www.readbrightly.com/great-thanksgiving-books-and-activities-for-kids/


I hope this list of different activities is helpful for you and your family. The most important thing to remember is, the more we do with kids, the more they will learn. So, why not take advantage of the fall season and incorporate some fun learning at home? Be sure to check back next month for winter holiday (learning) activities. Happy Learning!

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With the start of every school year, comes one inevitable task of homework. Where some students love the idea of leaving school and practicing skills they have just learned, others dread the very thought of homework. So, how can we help our students get the extra practice they need, feel successful, and lessen certain struggles and challenges?

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Guide, Provide, Monitor, and Motivate!       

   With a quick Google search, dozens of resources can be found on the topic of “helping students with their homework for parents”. One piece of advice that jumps out, however, is providing students with a place designated for doing homework. When this space has been defined (and necessary tools are available), students are already set up for success. According to gradepowerlearning.com, “giving your child a place to work, limiting distractions, and providing supplies like pencils, pens, and paper” is one way to help your child with homework. They also discuss how “guiding your child toward answers when he or she has questions – without answering it for him or her” is another method of assisting a child when they need help. Although “providing answers or completing projects for your child may end up hurting in the long run because it can prevent the child from developing an understanding of the subject”, this source encourages parents to become active motivators (and monitors), supply guidance when it is needed. https://gradepowerlearning.com/should-parents-help-homework/

          The pbs.org/parents website also has wonderful tips on how to help your child/children with their homework. Tips include understanding why students have homework, limiting electronic exposure during homework times, and staying connected with the school in regards to your child’s/children’s needs. There are also ideas on finding out how your child best learns/studies and finding the right time to do homework at home.



I hope this month’s tips prove helpful as the school year gets underway. Homework is inevitable, but there are ways that we can help. Supplies students with a designated space, a variety of tools, monitoring, guidance, and support can all help the task of homework less daunting and more productive. Be sure to check back next month for ideas on how to incorporate holiday fun into learning at home.

“The start of the school years gives every child (and parents) a great opportunity for a new beginning, a fresh start, a clean slate.” 


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Welcome Back!

I am excited to start the 2018-2019 school year. It is promising to be both challenging and magical! There are going to be exciting activities, small obstacles, and engaging projects coming to your child/children.

Getting back into the right frame of mind and the “swing of things” can be difficult for some students and/or families. If that’s the case, check out some of the resources I have listed down below. Even if readjusting to a new school year is easier for you and your family, the resources could still prove useful. There are always little tricks and timesavers that could be beneficial once we learn about them. J

This link from www.scholasticnews.com gives three helpful hints on how to start school off on a happy foot. First, they discuss having an organized space for your children’s stuff. A place for backpacks when school gets done, hooks for coats and hats when they get home, a spot for lunchboxes to be emptied and repacked. When these routines and spaces are used, it lessens the possibility of things getting lost or misplaced. It also helps with establishing a routine. If lunches get packed the night before and clothes are picked out before bed, there is less commotion and confusion in the mornings. It helps create a more happy and positive mindset. 


 The following link gives four ideas on how to improve your student(s) “academic quality” and four ideas for students to help take charge of their learning and succeed. Some of the tips discussed include creating a family calendar with important deadlines and establishing/maintaining a common meal time. It also gives students pointers about staying focused, taking notes, and speaking up when they do not understand something.



I hope that these resources and tips prove to be beneficial for you and your family. I wish everyone a magical first few weeks of school and an enchanted school year! Be on the lookout next month for tips and resources on how to help your student(s) with homework. J

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Sam Stebbins,
Sep 13, 2017, 8:33 AM