Featured, play-based learning, Spring, structured learning, Tinkering Toddlers, Toddler, toddler curriculum, toddler playgroup
I know it is easy to fall into the same routine every week and thus feeling less than adequate as your toddler's only teacher. I was feeling this way from time to time and wanted to create some kind of structured playgroup that would help keep me accountable for doing all the great activities I had in my mind that I knew my toddler would benefit from doing AND help stay-at-home parents who aren't teachers find their inner teacher and build that confidence that they can and are a great teacher to their child. Thus Tinkering Toddlers came about. If you are the Long Beach, CA area, I would love for you to join us (email me!), but if you aren't, which most aren't, here is how you can do this with your group of friends too.
Featured, Fractions, math
Fractions can truly take a good portion of the year for students to fully grasp the concept and many will take even longer. Over the years, I have learned a few things about how I go about introducing this really challenging topic.
Gifts, grandparents, Holiday, Toddler
Are you looking for a little gift to a loved one in your life for Valentine's Day or some other special day? Here are a couple of ideas I came up with for adults and children alike.
Early Intervention, Expressive Language, Featured, Speech, Toddler
Expressive language is what you are able to say and how you verbally communicate with others. This is contrasted with receptive language which is what you understand. There is a whole progression of milestones that children are expected to meet at different times in their young lives. So what happens when your child isn't meeting all of their speech milestones? You sign them up for speech of course!
Below are a couple tips and ideas for things you can do to help build your child's expressive language.
Featured, reading, RTI, small group instruction
The key to planning for small group instruction in the upper elementary grades is backwards planning. The how I make and plan for flexible groups without getting overwhelmed!
Step one: Plan Your Groups Based on Data
Each school and district requires you to use different data to form your groups, so how to collect this information is not going to be discussed in this post in detail. However, if you have the freedom to choose how you collect data, I highly recommend using the DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) for making reading groups. This assessment is lengthy to administer, but gives you good data (typically I only give it twice a year-beginning and end). They have also developed a progress monitoring tool that I have used and find equally effective without consuming as much time in the administration of the assessment. I usually administer this when I feel students need to move reading levels and need proof that my gut was right! However you make your groups, I insist that you have some kind of data to back up your decisions. As an interventionist and instructional coach, what you have to say is much more credible if you have data to support your choices with students who are below grade level.
I am still in disbelief that 2017 is here. Now. How did that happen?!!! Nevertheless, I have mixed emotions about saying good-bye to 2016. My sister and her family do a nightly ritual of sharing their "high" and "low" point of the day over dinner and I think it is such a sweet way to connect with your children and spouse and help you tune into each other, regardless of how your day went.
The couple weeks between Thanksgiving and Winter Break can some times cause you to want to pull your hair out! You have a zillion and one things to get done and no time. This can often cause the holiday cheer to be wiped from your face. I have a solution that is sure to bring that smile back to your face. I mean who doesn't love cookies and free things?!?!
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