Elementary School

Help your child stay on track and engaged in learning while taking full advantage of the joys of childhood.

10 Mnemonic Devices That Every Elementary Schooler Will Remember
14 September, 2020
Want to give your youngster some fun ways to commit lesson content to memory in the elementary grades? She’ll enjoy learning these ten mnemonic tricks spanning several subjects. Use these mnemonic devices to help students memorize some basic facts.
3 Tips to Help You Memorize Anything
09 September, 2019
You’ve probably had that stressful feeling before: you’ve got to memorize what feels like hundreds of dates, spellings, chemical equations or types of bones, and you have no idea how you’ll ever commit all those facts to memory. Butyou will. [http://www.noodle.com/7-hacks-scientifically-proven-to-help-you-ace-a-test]The good news is that memorization is not as hard as you think, and almost anyone can improve their memory with practice. In fact, there are severaleasy-to-use techniques [http://www
Back to School Organization: Elementary School
23 August, 2019
It’s almost time to go back to school! Whether your child cannot wait to walk through those school doors, or is clinging onto these last weeks of summer, it is time to get organized for the new school year. Lower elementary grade teachers may institute their own organizational tools: folders to send home, cubbies at school, school shoes, reading logs: but this doesn’t mean you’re off the hook! Good organizational skills need to be modeled and reinforced, so here’s how you can help: 1. One is
Advocating for Your Gifted Child Within the Public School System
25 February, 2019
A parent is her child’s best advocate. Many times, as parents, we find ourselves in a situation where we need to speak up for our child, especially when she is too young to speak up for herself. Parents ofgifted children [https://www.noodle.com/topics/gifted-and-talented-education]are often in the uncomfortable position of advocating for their child when her unique learning needs are not being met at school. When we see that we have to address these educational concerns with our child’s teacher
A Strategy to Help Your Child Better Manage Her Time
19 February, 2019
As your child gets older, you probably notice that her commitment to school, sports, and extracurricular activities is growing, too. Middle and high school students generally have more homework than younger kids, and the number of practices for athletics, dance, music, hobbies and other activities increases as participants move to higher levels of achievement and skills. The Juggling Act of Taking on Too Much With so many competing responsibilities to juggle, the weight of all of the commitmen
#AdmissionsPros: Believe In Yourself With Diederik van Renesse
22 August, 2018
Welcome to #AdmissionsPros [https://www.noodlepros.com/blog/category/admissionspros/]! In this series, admissions advisors and educational consultants offer their advice and insight on the big picture of elementary, secondary, and graduate school admissions — from extracurriculars, to essays, to, (of course) standardized tests. Diederik van Renesse is a long-time educator who has been helping New York and Connecticut-based families atSteinbrecher & Partners [http://www.steinbrecherconsulting.co
Fun Family Activities To Put The Brakes On Summer Learning Loss
07 July, 2018
When the first day of school rolls around each fall, elementary school teachers have to confront the inevitable “summer slide” — that is, the loss of skills school kids seem to experience over the long days of summer. As a parent, you probably want to help your kids maintain their academic aptitude without becoming a nag. Here are some fun family activities that will keep everyone sharp (and happy) throughout the summer months. 1. Read and Write Everything. Be intentional about including your c
#AdmissionsPros: Joyce Szuflita On The Golden Age Of Urban Parenting
02 July, 2018
Welcome to#AdmissionsPros [https://www.noodlepros.com/blog/category/admissionspros/]! In this series, admissions advisors and educational consultants offer their advice and insight on the big picture of elementary, secondary, and graduate school admissions — from extracurriculars, to essays, to, (of course) standardized tests. As the founder of NYC School Help [http://www.nycschoolhelp.com/], Joyce Szuflita helps Brooklyn-based parents of preschool through middle school-aged children, and paren
The Flip Sides Of ADHD: Balancing The Challenges And Strengths
18 May, 2018
Parents of kids with ADHD are often confounded by the paradoxes in their children’s behavior. Discover how to leverage these opposites to improve your child’s learning. *** If you’re the parent of a child with ADHD, you’ve probably wondered how someone can simultaneously have the memory of an elephant and the absentmindedness of someone typing on her smartphone. Her backpack may look like a small tornado passed through, but her baseball card collection is organized to the nth degree. Understa
You Think a Teacher Doesn't Like Your Kid. Now What?
23 March, 2018
Student-teacher conflict isn’t good for anyone. Here are four ways you can help mediate conflict and put your child back on the path to success. *** When your child goes off to school each day, you trust that he or she is in good hands. But what can you do if your child isn’t happy with a teacher, or if a teacher isn’t happy with your child? Classroom relationships aren’t always perfect, but there are several steps you can take to help resolve any potential conflict. Assess The first step i
When One Child Is Gifted: Avoiding Sibling Rivalry
15 March, 2018
Having one child who is academically gifted and one who struggles in school may create a tense family dynamic. Here is what parents can do to avoid conflict and encourage happy sibling relationships. *** If you’re a parent of two or more kids, you know that siblings are usually not equally talented at the same things; each child brings his or her own aptitudes and challenges to the table. In some cases, one child may be classified as gifted [https://www.noodlepros.com/blog/2017/10/10/twice-ex
3+1+4 Fun Facts About Pi
13 March, 2018
Q: Why shouldn’t you talk to Pi? A: Because once he starts, he’ll never stop! *** March 14 is “Pi-Day” (3.14, get it?), a beloved holiday for math geeks nationwide. If you’re a student or teacher, you’ll probably be celebrating this fun day in school — hopefully with some apple pie, or pizza pie, or both. But before you take out your paper plates and dust off your geometry puns, here are 3 + 1 + 4 fun facts about this namesake irrational number: 1. Pi is a ratio; as such, it never changes. It