Your 4th grader's writing under Common Core Standards
Fourth grade opens up a whole new writing world with compelling stories and research reports that have multimedia components.
4th grade reading under Common Core Standards
Your child's reading will leap forward this year, as fourth graders are asked to read more demanding fiction and nonfiction.
Your 2nd grader's writing under Common Core Standards
Your child’s vocabulary is blossoming — and just in time, as second grade writing projects require more detail and nuance.
2nd grade reading under Common Core Standards
This year, the focus shifts from sounding out words to reading for meaning as kids' reading skills grow by leaps and bounds.
1st grade reading under Common Core Standards
Reading is the key to building knowledge — and building your first grader’s knowledge is the key to raising a strong reader.
Kindergarten reading under the Common Core Standards
Reading is all about developing knowledge, which is something kindergartners do all year long — even while they’re learning their ABCs.
Evaluation for a learning disability: public or private?
If you're considering having your child tested for a learning disability, you may wonder if it's better to pay for a private evaluation or ask your public schools to do it. This article can help you make that decision.
Confessions of a Common Core tester
A believer in the the Common Core Standards confronts reality when her own daughter field tests the assessments and comes home in tears.
7 Common Core questions for parents
Eighty-five percent of U.S. students live in states adopting the new Common Core State Standards. Here are the essential questions — and answers — to get you up to speed.
Common Core 101
The who, what, when, where, and how of the new education standards — and what they mean for your child.
Your 3rd grader's writing under Common Core Standards
“More” is the word to describe your child’s writing this year: more research, more detail, and more facility with language.
Your 1st grader's writing under Common Core Standards
First graders learn how to organize and present their thoughts in writing — resulting in full paragraphs with introductions, details, and conclusions by the end of the year.
Your kindergartner's writing under Common Core Standards
Writing goes from zero to 60 in kindergarten, from tracing the ABCs and culminating in higher-level thinking skills like forming, organizing, and expressing complete thoughts.
What to make of international assessments
If education experts can't agree about the meaning of international assessments, what are parents supposed to make of them?
Nonfiction for fun and learning, too
Children can learn and have fun at the same time when reading non fiction books. Teach your child nonfiction reading strategies so he can build his reading skills and become a better reader.
Reading games: Sight words
Play "My pile your pile" to expand your child's vocabulary and improve fluency.
Sticky-note your story
Here's a way to use sticky notes to improve reading comprehension.
Reading strategies: Correct or not?
When a child makes a mistake reading aloud, should you stop and correct him or not?
The magic of echo reading
Try this trick to improve your child's reading fluency.