The Disorganized Child

By Kim Heitzmann We’ve all had moments of frustration with our children. Does it take them too long to get ready for school in the morning? Are they constantly losing their homework or forget to turn in completed work? Do they forget to do a chore immediately after...

Avoid the Summer Slide

Contributed by the City of Tempe Librarians Every year many students suffer from what’s known as the “summer slide,” which is varying levels of learning loss that occurs once the school year ends. This makes going back to school even more of a challenge since those...

Storytelling

By Colin Macpherson, M.A., CCC-SLP Children need to have good spoken language skills in order to be successful in early literacy events. Research has shown that children’s ability to tell a good story with grammatical sentences predicts later reading success. What...

Teacher Appreciation

For the thousands of educators who work with Arizona youth every day, teaching isn’t just a job, it’s a calling. And every May, communities across the county set aside time to commemorate Teacher Appreciation Month. It’s a time to celebrate the educators who are...

Read Across America Day

How a steady diet of “Green Eggs and Ham” helps kids learn Theodor Geisel, more widely known as Dr. Seuss, knew what teachers intuitively understand – the brains of young children respond well to rhyming, rhythm and repetition. It’s part of the reason his books have...

Kids and Coding

By Michelle Talsma Everson Each semester, we encourage my 8-year-old son to pick two after-school activities to participate in. This past fall, he selected his school’s new coding club where every Thursday he and his classmates bring out their laptops, iPads and other...

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