Saturday, April 21, 2012

Dolch Words

About 50-75% of all words used in most school books, library books, newspapers, and magazines are in the Dolch Basic Sight Vocabulary of 220 words (preschool thru Grade 3). That is why it is so important your child master those particular words…they will see them over and over again.

Since most Dolch words don't follow basic phonics principles, they really can’t be decoded (sounded out), they must be memorized.

The easiest way to memorize these words is via flash cards or online games. There are lots of site that offer Dolch resources for free. Tap in to them today and let the fun begin!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Earth Day Fun

Earth Day began on April 22, 1970. It's a day in which we think about our planet, our environment, and what we can do to help keep them healthy.

We need to teach our children ways to keep the Earth clean and healthy. Young kids can do this by making Earth Day crafts. Older kids can learn about reduce, reuse, and recycle. Another way to help the Earth is to shop carefully. Do you really need to buy something else, or will an item you already have work with a little modification?

Try planting a tree in honor of someone in your family. Help clean up and beautify areas in your local community or even around your own house. Turn off the television and other items in your house when you are not using them. They use electricity even when they are not on but are plugged in.