Parent FAQs

How can I help my (struggling) child with homework? (Part 2) by Sylvia Hannah

Posted in Parent FAQs on December 14th, 2011 by Kathryn Burke – Be the first to comment

Sylvia Hannah Sometimes homework can seem like a chore to families. Let’s think, further, about how to make homework a learning experience, for you and for your child. How Can I Help My Child Stay Organized? Binder Organization – Teach binder organization from the beginning. Labelled with your child’s name. Subjects are separated by dividers. […]

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How can I help my (struggling) child with homework? (Part 1) by Sylvia Hannah

Posted in Parent FAQs on December 7th, 2011 by Kathryn Burke – Be the first to comment

Sometimes homework can seem like a chore to families. Let’s think about how to make homework a learning experience, for you and for your child. Questions about Homework Why Do Teachers Assign Homework? To develop students’ skills. To extend learning time. We’ll spend some time thinking about how to help your child develop the skills […]

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Eleven Reading and Spelling Power Tips by Sylvia Hannah

Posted in Parent FAQs on September 8th, 2011 by Kathryn Burke – Be the first to comment

1. Using Comfortable Reading Material Children are often required to read material that is too hard for them. Here’s a simple way to select comfortable reading material. 5 Finger Method Open a book to the middle. Count 100 words. Have your child read this passage aloud. Each time he or she makes a word reading […]

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Should I help my (struggling) child with school work in the summer? by Sylvia Hannah

Posted in Parent FAQs on August 4th, 2011 by Kathryn Burke – Be the first to comment

Parents have often asked me IF they should help their child with schoolwork during the summer vacation and/or HOW they should help their child with schoolwork over the summer. This is another tricky question that has no simple answer. Should Summer Be A Catch-Up Time For Your Child? I’ve often spoken with parents who have […]

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Helping to Develop Phonological Awareness as Your Child Moves into Kindergarten and Grade One (Part 5) by Sylvia Hannah

Posted in Parent FAQs on July 28th, 2011 by Kathryn Burke – Be the first to comment

In Part Four, I provided an introduction into the English sound/letter system. This article is a continuation of Part 4 and provides a bit more explanation and focuses on some activities to help enhance phonological awareness for individual sounds, or phonemes. Definition of phoneme A “phoneme” is the smallest sound that: is easily recognized can […]

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Helping to Develop Phonological Awareness as Your Child Moves into Kindergarten and Grade One – Part Four by Sylvia Hannah

Posted in Parent FAQs on July 11th, 2011 by Kathryn Burke – 2 Comments

In this first part of the final article of this series, I will focus on the development of phonological awareness for individual sounds, or phonemes. This is the most difficult part of phonological awareness for most children.  But it doesn’t need to be.  I’ll show you how to make “hearing sounds” easier. Let’s Learn A […]

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Helping to Develop Phonological Awareness as Your Child Moves Into Kindergarten and Grade One by Sylvia Hannah

Posted in Parent FAQs on June 28th, 2011 by Kathryn Burke – Be the first to comment

In the third article of this series, I want to give you many practical suggestions for how to help your children in their early school years. Let’s think about school for a moment. Diversity In Kindergarten And Grade One Classrooms I have seen many, many kindergarten and grade one classrooms, during my forty years as […]

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What Is Phonological Awareness and How Can I Teach it to my Pre-Schooler? (Part Two) by Sylvia Hannah

Posted in Parent FAQs on June 13th, 2011 by Kathryn Burke – Be the first to comment

In Part One of this series, I explained why parents need to know about phonological awareness. Phonological awareness is a pre-print development that parents can help their children with, prior to entering school. 1. Phonological Awareness Is Critical For Parents To Know About The reasons phonological awareness is important, are: a) Research over the past […]

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What is Phonological Awareness and How Can I teach it to my Pre-Schooler? Part One by Sylvia Hannah

Posted in Parent FAQs on June 6th, 2011 by Kathryn Burke – Be the first to comment

I’ve been at many parent conferences and someone has mentioned the term “phonological awareness.” Parent’s eyes often cloud over.  They think they know what it means but they’re not sure. 1. Phonics And Phonological Awareness Are Different. Parents have heard the word “phonics” many, many times.  They would probably say that it means “sounding out […]

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FAQs from Parents: Is Spelling Still Important for My (Struggling) Child? by Sylvia Hannah

Posted in Parent FAQs on May 31st, 2011 by Kathryn Burke – 2 Comments

Often, I hear queries from older students, and from parents, about whether knowing how to spell words correctly is still important, because everyone uses spell check these days. Here are some thoughts. 1. Leaving A Good Impression I don’t know if it’s because I’m a senior, and attended school when our society was more formal, […]

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