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Do Spelling Tests Improve Spelling? ( and Alternatives)

Spelling tests should be about more than rote memorization. You can test a student’s ability to spell through specific activities and authentic sources.

Do Adverbs Always End in -ly?

The majority of adverbs do end in ”ly” but it is not a set rule. There is more to consider than just the ending spellings of words to determine what meaning to apportion to them

Should You Teach Vowels Or Consonants First?

It is not recommended to teach vowel and consonant sounds in isolation. Many phonics instruction methods introduce a mix of common vowel and consonant sounds

Do Teachers Actually Check Sources?

Do teachers check sources

Although the verification of sources is more common at university level than in high school it does occur in both. Teachers and professors are often familiar with subject literature and if sources are from alternative material outside of reading lists it is more likely they will be checked for legitimacy

When Should Children Be Able to Read Silently?

At what age should children be able to read silently

Many readers begin to read with support around age five or six (grade 1 and grade 2). With a few years of practice, children will begin reading to themselves.

Does Tracing Improve Handwriting? (And Free Resources)

Handwriting can be practiced by tracing letters; however, tracing mazes and shapes are better suited to practice handwriting

How to Make Bedtime Stories Educational (with 12 Questions to ask!)

Bedtime stories are an underutilized way of improving a child’s reading comprehension, higher order thinking and meta cognition skills. Developing a series of simple questions will enable them to practice and develop reading skills including empathy, comparison, summarizing, and prediction skills at all ages.

How to Deal with Homework Struggles – Practical Solutions

Students struggling with homework is an increasing problem. Ever increasing demands on student’s time, and a shortening attention span globally are some root causes

Is Reading More Than One Book At Once Bad?

So many good books in the world and so little time, but it is a good idea to read more than one at the same time. I am sure we have all done this, right now there may be a couple of books on… Continue Reading “Is Reading More Than One Book At Once Bad?”

Free STEM Lessons: Making a Milk Rainbow

How to Make A milk Rainbow

Making a milk rainbow or milk firework simply requires a few drops of food coloring placed in milk and a drop of soap added to initiate the chemical reaction between them