October 1, 2007

Between birth and the end of the preschool period, children acquire a host of skills that are precursors to formal reading. These skills, called emergent literacy skills, include phonological awareness (children's awareness of the sound segments of language) and writte...

An Individualized Education Program, commonly known as an IEP, is a document that is developed, reviewed, and revised in an IEP meeting and serves as a communication vehicle between parents and their child's school district. Ultimately, it is a written record of the de...

"Your son is reading disabled."
"Your daughter has attention deficit disorder."

These words can alter the parents' view of their child and his academic, social, and emotional future. These words can make parents feel fearful, anxious, and helpless. Once spoken, these wo...

October 1, 2007

Making and sustaining friendships is an important social-emotional competence for all children. After all, friendships fulfill many personal needs including companionship, intimacy, self-esteem, and problem-solving. The importance of friendships is supported by a lot o...

October 1, 2007

The most commonly practiced method of writing instruction is called the writing process. Typically this process includes five stages that writers work through when creating a piece of writing. These stages are:

  • prewriting

  • drafting

  • revising

  • editing

  • ...

October 1, 2007

Teachers often complain that reading and learning evaluations provide them with little new information. Often, they comment: "I knew this all along. These scores don't help me choose the right materials or design instruction. What a waste of time and energy. Now what d...

October 1, 2007

The term "arithmetic combinations" as well as the equivalent, but older term "basic math facts" refer to (a) the number combinations in addition and subtraction that result in sums and differences less than 20, and (b) the multiplication tables through 9x9 with their c...

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