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5 Fun Scientific Art Projects for Kids

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Fun Ideas, Hands-on Activities, Parents by Rachel Wise2 Comments

Just like all of us, kids want to feel happy and interested while they are learning. Hands-on activities, where children are creating, moving, and problem solving are wonderful for keeping kids engaged and involved. Science and art are two great ways to create hands-on activities! Interacting with kids in a positive way also helps to build bonds, practice social skills, and learn life lessons. …

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10 Great Educational Songs for Kids: 1st to 3rd Grade

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Fun Ideas, Math Strategies, Parents, Reading Strategies by Rachel Wise4 Comments

Music is a great way to get kids excited about learning and help them remember what they learn. A catchy tune with easy to remember lyrics will leave a lasting impression, helping to in-grain educational concepts into a child’s memory. Have fun watching these videos with your child or students. Once they have learned the songs, enjoy singing them any …

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25 Things to Do to Be a Great Parent!

In Behavior Strategies, Parents by Rachel Wise1 Comment

1. Say I love you every day 2. Care about your child’s creativity 3. Be interested in what your child is doing 4. Give your child as much independence as possible 5. Make your child’s safety and healthcare a top priority 6. Eat meals with your child 7. Create traditions to build memories 8. Let your child know when he/she …

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Break Ideas to Increase Student Motivation & Participation

In Behavior Strategies, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Fun Ideas, Special Education by Rachel Wise

Preface: When I was in college majoring in psychology, I learned that the famous actor and comedian, Jim Carrey, had behavior problems in Junior High School. One of his teachers told him that he could do a comedy routine for a few minutes at the end of class for following the rules and completing work. This had a huge positive …

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I Wish I Was There to Protect You!-A Powerful Poem to Help the Victims of Bullying

In Bullying, Education and Behavior Poems, Inspirational Stories/Videos by Rachel Wise3 Comments

Thinking of my childhood, there’s so much I wish I’d known I’d love to go back and tell myself, now that I am grown You were only nine or ten when the mean, cruel things were said People teased you, called you names, threw papers at your head You used to think to yourself, “If they only took the time …

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An Alabama Mom Talks About Her Homeschooling Experience!

In Homeschool & Cyber School Info by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

After the responses to my article, What Does the Research Say About Homeschooling?, I realized that a large percentage of the population is in the dark about how homeschooling actually works and what goes on behind the closed doors of education at home. I myself was among that overwhelming percentage. While I am not for or against homeschooling, I have …

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How Does Homeschooling Really Work? An In Depth Interview with a Florida Mom!

In Homeschool & Cyber School Info by Rachel Wise1 Comment

After the responses to my article, What Does the Research Say About Homeschooling?, I realized that a large percentage of the population is in the dark about how homeschooling actually works and what goes on behind the closed doors of education at home. I myself was among that overwhelming percentage. While I am not for or against homeschooling, I have …

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5 Great Activities to Do with Your Social Skills Group

In Counselors, Social Skills, Social-Emotional by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

Working in the public school system for many years, I often heard guidance counselors asking for advice about the kinds of activities they should do with their social skills groups. Students in the group often had difficulty with skills such as listening, waiting their turn in conversation, staying on topic, sharing materials, understanding another person’s feelings, getting along with others, …

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Help Your Child Find Their Voice (Part 1)

In Social Skills, Social-Emotional by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

When September begins, families everywhere rev up for another school year. Some children view the start of a new school year as the opportunity to re-connect with old friends, participate in extra-curricular activities, and learn exciting new subjects. For some children though the dawn of a new school year is preparing to go to battle. Another year in the trenches …

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Top 10 Tips to Get the Most from Your Child’s IEP

In ADHD, Autism, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disabilities, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Special Education by Rachel Wise

Published in Autism File Magazine Aug-Sept 2014 Issue 57-Republished with Permission When I first thought about the content of this article, I thought, well, this will be easy, I will just tell parents what I have found to be the key steps to take at Individual Education Program (IEP) meetings. After all, I just wrote a book that shows the reader, …

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5 Short Must-Watch Videos for Teachers

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Inspirational Stories/Videos by Rachel Wise1 Comment

The other day I saw this very powerful, motivational video on Linkedin and thought, “This is a must-watch for anybody who works with or raises kids!” (This is the first video below, by legendary educator Rita Pierson). Watching Ms. Pierson got me thinking that there must be other videos out there that can help boost the spirit and morale of …

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5 Ways to Give Your Child Extra Brain Power

In ADHD, Behavior Strategies, Educational Strategies & Tips by Rachel Wise

Parents help their kids with succeed at school in countless ways – with unconditional love and encouragement, pitching in on an extra-challenging assignment, helping secure the best possible IEP for children with ADHD, learning disabilities, or other special needs, etc. But it may not occur to many parents that there are ways to directly impact the very instrument of academic …

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How to Help Your Child with Handwriting and Pencil Grip

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Writing/Spelling, Writing/Spelling Strategies by Rachel Wise

When learning to write, some children have difficulty developing an effective pencil grip. Holding a pencil with the right grip and appropriate amount of strength can make a big difference in a child’s handwriting. Parents and teachers can use strategies to help children improve the strength in their hands, how they hold their pencil, and the overall appearance of their handwriting. A …

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How to Use Graphic Organizers to Improve Reading Comprehension, Writing, Listening, Note Taking, and Study Skills

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Reading Strategies, Study Skills, Writing/Spelling, Writing/Spelling Strategies by Rachel Wise

A graphic organizer provides learners with a visual representation of information, concepts, or ideas. Graphic organizers are often used to help children understand what they are reading or to organize information in order to report it, such as through writing or an oral presentation like a speech. Graphic organizers can also be used to take notes while listening to a …

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How to Use the Visualizing and Verbalizing Strategy to Improve Reading Comprehension

In Autism, Educators, Learning Disabilities, Parents, Reading, Reading Strategies by Rachel Wise

Visualizing and Verbalizing (V/V) is a research-based reading strategy for parents and educators to utilize with children (or adults) who have trouble with reading comprehension.  Visualizing and Verbalizing was created by Nanci Bell, an expert in the treatment of language and literacy disorders. Many readers can read words and have a developed vocabulary, but still struggle to comprehend sentences or …

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11 Research-Based Spelling Strategies Parents Can Try at Home

In Parents, Writing/Spelling, Writing/Spelling Strategies by Rachel Wise

Preface: In this article you will find a variety of fun and engaging ways to implement research-based spelling strategies such as teaching phonemic awareness, (a strategy to help students understand letter-sound correspondence and the individual parts that make up words) and morphological awareness (understanding/recognizing similar chunks in words, word families, and word parts), utilizing the whole-word approach (memorizing the spelling of a word without …

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Research-Based Reading Comprehension Strategy: Making Connections

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Reading, Reading Strategies by Rachel Wise

This article reviews the “making connections” strategy, a research-based strategy utilized to help children/students improve their reading comprehension. For students to understand what they are reading, it is very helpful for them to learn how to make connections between the text and their own knowledge and experiences. Making connections while reading helps the reader monitor his/her own thinking, keeps him/her actively …