Category Archives: Homework and Home-School Communication

Why You Should Send Home Family Games with Your Kindergarteners (And How To Make Sure They Actually Get Played!)

Why You Should Send Home Family Games with Your Kindergarteners (And How To Make Sure They Actually Get Played!)

Homework is a hot topic right now. Some people are staunchly against it, while proponents say it’s essential for supporting student learning. Personally, I don’t really agree with either extreme. I do believe that homework can be helpful (because I’ve seen the positive impact it has had on my own students). However, I believe that the…Continue Reading

Assigning Kindergarten Homework That Works for ALL Kids

Assigning Kindergarten Homework That Works for ALL Kids

My first year teaching Kindergarten also happened to be the first year that I had ever assigned homework to students. You see, before I began teaching Kindergarten, I taught Pre-K. In Pre-K, we did not give homework. When I moved up to Kindergarten, I had big dreams about the homework I would assign. I’d give out exciting…Continue Reading

9 Ways to Reach Out to Kindergarten Parents

9 Ways to Reach Out to Kindergarten Parents

I was always extremely nervous the night before my Kindergarteners started school. Would I have criers? Would I have a runner? Would they listen to me? I rarely got much sleep that night. Then, one year, I read an article that made me think about the first day of Kinder in a totally different way. I started…Continue Reading

How To Make Take Home Books Work in K-1

How To Make Take Home Books Work in K-1

Ah, take home books. Do you break out in a cold sweat at the very thought of letting kids take books home? I used to feel the same way! However, giving kids books to have at home is super important! As you already know, many of our students don’t have books at home. And even those who…Continue Reading

Helping Minimize Summer Learning Loss:  Summer Homework and Learning Activities for K-2

Helping Minimize Summer Learning Loss: Summer Homework and Learning Activities for K-2

Summer is coming up quickly! I love summer break because it helps me recharge for the next school year. But summer break doesn’t always have a positive impact on our students. Some of our students spent most of summer break playing video games and watching television. Kids can definitely learn from video games and T.V. shows. But those activities are…Continue Reading

Kindergarten Homework:  Is It Appropriate?

Kindergarten Homework: Is It Appropriate?

Homework has become somewhat of a hot topic lately. I’ve read articles about schools adopting no-homework policies. I’ve seen research on the ineffectiveness of homework. I’ve found infographics on the absence of homework in other successful nations. All of this has made me question whether or not my students should have homework. I’m a Kindergarten reading specialist, so I…Continue Reading

This Week in Intervention: Reading 2-Syllable Words in Spanish

This Week in Intervention: Reading 2-Syllable Words in Spanish

Happy Saturday!!  I am feeling pretty good about the fact that we only have 2 more days before Thanksgiving break!  Our district uses Monday and Tuesday for conferences, so I will probably be interpreting so much that I’ll forget how to speak English, but I am still really excited for our short week! Speaking of conferences…before…Continue Reading