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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Vintage Ed Mom: Summer Math II

May 29, 2015

By Sarah Maraniss Vander Schaaff Last week, we had homeschooling mom and blogger Cait Fitz, (My Little Poppies) share some great ideas for integrating math skills into your summer days with the kids at home. This week, we’re reposting a blog I did a few years ago with a math teacher who has “seen it all.” Many of her students, most of whom have learning differences, benefit from summer school, but you may find integrating math into day-to-day activities is enough to keep skills and motivation going strong. We hope you find her advice useful, and as with all things, frame it in the context of your own child’s needs. Questions for our math teacher:   1. Any thoughts you wish… Read More

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10 Creative Ways to Sharpen Summer Math Skills

May 22, 2015

Today we feature a guest blog from Cait Fitz, a school psychologist, homeschooling parent, and the voice behind the blog, My Little Poppies. We asked her to give us some pointers to make summer math fun. One year ago, we found ourselves suddenly, unexpectedly, homeschooling our eldest son. I knew it was the right path for our family, but the thought of teaching math filled me with my math anxiety of old. I’ll never forget the moment that those fears were squelched. It was Memorial Day weekend last year and we were spending the holiday at my parents’ condo in the mountains. Well, my parents’ place is on a small golf course – which had yet to open for the season- and… Read More

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Pretending: When it’s ok to be someone you’re not

May 15, 2015

By Sarah Maraniss Vander Schaaff Yesterday, my six-year-old announced that she and her good friend had swapped lunches for the week, pretending to be one another. “I had a salami sandwich and no pickles. And she had a bagel, cream cheese, yogurt and two pickles.” The pickles were a key part to this story. It’s evidence that each girl had embraced their alter ego’s preferences with full commitment. My daughter has had her regular order of a bagel with cream cheese, yogurt and two pickles for most of the last 100 plus days of school. Had I suggested she mix it up a bit, I’d have been met with a firm “no.” She really likes pickles. But when she pretended… Read More

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6 Facts You Wanted to Know about Teacher Appreciation Week

May 1, 2015

By Sarah Maraniss Vander Schaaff (Staff writer for Mindprint Learning) Note: This was a previously published blog. Mindprint continues to provide FREE accounts for teachers and their families all year long as our ongoing thanks for all their dedication to support to our nation’s future.  If you are a teacher and would like a free Mindprint, please contact us here. 6 Key  Facts about Teacher Appreciation Week  May 4th-8th is Teacher Appreciation Week. We do not need to wait until this week in May to show our appreciation. FACT #1: Teacher Appreciation Week was started by the National PTA in 1984. It is always the first full week in May. FACT #2: The social media hashtag for posts related to Teacher Appreciation… Read More

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