Kindergarten reading

What Exactly Is Universal Kindergarten?

In the wake of the pandemic, which shined a spotlight on the essential nature of early childhood education and care, universal kindergarten is poised to become a reality in California. Championed by Gov. Gavin Newsom and several lawmakers, the $2.7 billion universal kindergarten program will be gradually phased in over the next five years, until it includes all the state’s 4-year-olds by the 2025-26 school year. Currently, transitional kindergarten, or TK, serves about 100,000 children,…

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7 Books To Help Address Tough Subjects With Kids

2020 was — to borrow a phrase from a popular kid’s book — a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. That means having to discuss a lot of tough subjects with our kids, and for parents, one of the year’s hardest jobs was trying to explain the state of the world in a way children can understand. “We are living in challenging times,” says children’s book author Matt de la Peña — and kids are…

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Why Some Families Choose to Repeat Grades After Remote Learning

In the wake of COVID-19 and remote learning, some families are considering having their children repeat grades. This was true for Lauren Phillips, 37, of Los Angeles. After months of schooling through a screen, her 6-year-old daughter, Lola, would finally get the real kindergarten experience. As it turned out, in-person kindergarten wasn’t much different from remote learning. Lola sat in a room with her classmates while her teacher, who was home for medical reasons, taught…

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Does Your Child Hate Reading? Do This to Make Them Love It

For many families, reading is a pleasurable activity when kids are young, but then as kids get older, they start to hate reading. Parents are more aware than ever that strong reading skills are fundamental to academic success. Teachers also feel pressure to make sure students are reading on or above grade level, often with their evaluations and salaries hanging in the balance. On top of it all, kids may be quick to claim they…

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How Teachers are Using Harry Potter to Connect with Students

Whether you’re a Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, or muggle still hoping your Hogwarts letter will arrive by owl, it is undeniable that Harry Potter has had a lasting impact throughout the world. Quidditch is no longer just a game of fantasy. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is more than a textbook to pick up in Diagon Alley. Hogwarts is no longer a place you can only dream of visiting. Let’s take a look…

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Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer in Plymouth

In our Summer Reading Series for 2019, we will be featuring the summer reading programs of public libraries in different towns from all over Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Let’s take a look at the Plymouth Public Library’s summer programming. The Plymouth Public Library is blasting off with “A Universe of Stories,” a summer-long celebration of science, adventure, and storytelling! They will have programs that are sure to excite people of all ages, including robotics…

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Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer in Provincetown

In our Summer Reading Series for 2019, we will be featuring the summer reading programs of public libraries in different towns from all over Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Let’s take a look at the Provincetown Public Library’s summer programming. The Provincetown Public Library has so many fun-filled events planned for the summer that you won’t want to miss! P.I.E Story Theater – 3:00 pm Saturday, July 13, 20, 27; Saturday, August 10 Wellfleet Harbor Actors…

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Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer in Springfield

In our Summer Reading Series for 2019, we will be featuring the summer reading programs of public libraries in different towns from all over Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Let’s take a look at the Springfield Library’s Summer Reading Program. The Springfield Library’s summer reading program runs from June 17th to August 17th. Every day that a person (all ages are welcome to participate!) reads for at least 20 minutes, they can check a box…

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Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer in Woburn

In our Summer Reading Series for 2019, we will be featuring the summer reading programs of public libraries in different towns from all over Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Let’s take a look at the Woburn Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, A Universe of Stories. The Woburn Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is for infants through elementary students–all are invited to participate! The program runs from June 17th through August 16th. Keep track of your…

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Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer in Winchester

In our Summer Reading Series for 2019, we will be featuring the summer reading programs of public libraries in different towns from all over Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Let’s take a look at the Winchester Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. The Winchester summer reading program for children ages 4-12 began on June 25th and ends August 21st. If kids are not reading independently yet, they can sign up with a reading partner(s). If they…

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