Reading

Tweet Teachers, students, parents . . . we all get the same sick feeling in the pit of our stomach when we realize after the first reading assessment after summer that a kid’s reading level has dropped half a grade level, a whole grade level, or even more. It’s not surprise, though. The brain is […]

Tweet I’ve been in professional development all week and we’ve been talking about designing quality curriculum and instruction that produces literate children in 2010. I’ve been reflecting on my own literacy development as a child and asking myself many question. So, I have a question for you. What does it mean to be a literate […]

Tweet Whew, can you believe that its almost the end of July? Honestly, I can’t. I’m sitting here asking myself, “Where has my summer gone?” Any-who, I hope that you have had a great summer. What did you do? Did you go to any backyard picnics, summer jazz festivals, or beaches? What about hiking in the […]

Tweet Last week I had the opportunity to spend five delicious days with my four-year old niece. She came from San Diego to L.A, to participate in my annual summer camp called Camp N’Vision. She is a precocious little something with a lot of spunk and pizzazz. She is as dainty as a cupcake overflowing with lots of […]

3 Summer Break Tips

by Patrick on June 29, 2010

Tweet It’s been about a week or two now and it’s the point where summer break is really sinking in to their little minds. This isn’t like those tiny winter vacation or the barely noticeable spring breaks that goes by with a blink of the eye. This is summer vacation. This is the long haul. […]

Tweet It pains me to see a child who so desperately wants to read but can’t. It’s like her world is so limited by her inability to read!  I can remember little Ms. Cara. She wanted to read so bad, and if you didn’t know her, you would have thought she knew how to read […]

Tweet Olivia, by Ian Falconer Olivia is a sassy, energetic little pig who is a singer, a painter, and a mischief-maker. Join her on her adventures! Corduroy, by Don Freeman A stuffed bear comes to life in a department store, and goes on a search for his lost button. A little girl finds him, buys […]