It’s Summer- Let Your Hair Down!

Do you remember when idioms like “Let your hair down” were mysterious grown-up speak? Once you began to learn them it was like being invited into the club and knowing a special secret code. Guessing and learning idioms is great summer fun that keeps students’ brains active. And it’s not all fun and games, idioms [...]

Jump Start Science Vocabulary!

Do you want to give your K-2 students a head start on learning? Students don’t necessarily hear science vocabulary in everyday conversation, and unfamiliar vocabulary can make it difficult for students to take in science lessons and activities. When students are exposed to new vocabulary before the lesson, they can take in the words and [...]

Summer Is the Time to Play

Summer is a great time for active play at the beach, on a mountain, or around town on your bike, but summer has its quiet times, too. Sometimes it’s nice to just relax with a book, take a nap in the shade, or play a laid back game. Whether you’re hiding from the sun or [...]

Orange = Anaranjado

Have you ever wondered just how much of a language you’ve learned?     I’ve never studied Spanish, but I’ve picked up a few words here and there. In fact, I was amazed at how many I got right when I tried Fill It In: English Spanish Vocabulary. The game is simple, for each Spanish [...]

Do Opposites Really Attract?

Who’s to say? I’m not sure anyone really knows. Here’s one thing educators do know: identifying words that are opposites, or antonyms, helps students build their vocabulary and their understanding of the meaning of individual words. Antonyms are a great tool to help students develop more sophisticated vocabularies to use in conversation, reading, and writing. [...]

Build Your Academic Vocabulary

Do you know your academic vocabulary? You know, words like analyze and deduce or refer and infer–words that come up often in textbooks and classroom conversations but seldom in everyday conversations. Mastering academic vocabulary helps students comprehend content in the classroom and raise their scores on standardized tests. Academic vocabulary is an important focus for [...]

April Showers Bring…

…May flowers, or so the saying goes. But if April showers are keeping your kids indoors, they might just turn into wild things rather than flowers. Give your little wild things something to keep their minds occupied with games based on vocabulary from Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are at Vocabulary.co.il.     The [...]

It’s Revolutionary!

On the night of April 18, 1775 Paul Revere made his famous ride to Lexington and Concord to warn the countryside that British soldiers were on their way. The Battle of Lexington began with the dawn and moved on to Concord during the day, igniting the American Revolution. The connection makes April a great month [...]

Stoked for Science?

Is your student an observer, noticing every aspect of the natural world? Perhaps your student enjoys mucking about just to see how different objects react to a magnet or whether different liquids can be mixed together. If so, you’ve got a student who’s stoked for science, and if they’re in grades Kindergarten through 2, there’s [...]

Beware the Ides of March!

Phew ! The Ides of March were on March 15, now safely past for another year. Do you know why Shakespeare wrote that famous phrase? On the Roman calendar the ides was at the middle of the month, either the 15th or the 13th, depending on the month. On four months of the year the [...]