The Good News About Homework Meltdowns

What could possibly be good about homework meltdowns, you ask? Good question. I’ve heard a number of great tips for preventing homework meltdowns, or for handling them well when they do arise. These tips usually include things like • setting a homework routine • methods for organizing homework • taking regular breaks, or • finding …

Read more

The Struggling Learner’s Summer Break Dilemma

If your child has been struggling with school work all year, you have an important decision to make for summer break.  You might be wondering what your best option is.     1) Do you relieve all of that academic pressure and let your child just be a kid?  No expectations? 2) Do you hire …

Read more

Why This Game is Good for Your Child’s Brain: Game 6

Raise your hand if your family likes to laugh.  (Check). Raise your hand if you like to help them learn, too.  (Check). Now raise your hand if you love to be silly with your kids.   Even if you need a little help in that department, Game 6 in this series Why This Game is …

Read more

A Fun Earth Day Printable Activity for Kids

Because Easter typically lands in April, I thought that now would be a great time to add an Easter-themed activity to The Free Printables Collection.  And then I thought, I’ve done that before.  I want something new.   If you missed them the first time around, here’s what you’ll find already waiting for you in …

Read more

Why Reading Programs Fail Struggling Readers

Having a learning “disability” isn’t the only reason why some students struggle to read, but it can be the most difficult to remediate. First let’s look at some other reasons why children experience reading difficulties.  Then we’ll talk about programs that help.   Reading Experience  A child can simply grow up with limited exposure to …

Read more

Why This Game is Good for Your Child’s Brain: Game 5

Initially I saw this game and thought, “That’s nice, but it’s mostly good for story-telling and vocabulary building.”  Both skills are useful, but they don’t really make the cut for this particular blog series.   And then I dove deeper.   And then I fell head over heels for this brain-building, fun-for-kids, can’t-get-enough-of-it game!   …

Read more

St. Patrick’s Day Printable LUCKY Grid Maze for Kids

Do you know why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, even if none of our ancestors were Irish?   Did you know that green apparently makes us invisible to leprechauns?   Does that mean leprechauns only show up around March 17?   If your answer to those questions is like mine (I have no idea) then …

Read more