8 Ways to Ease Back-to-School Anxiety

The beginning of a new school year can be an exciting time, but sometimes children are nervous. It’s understandable! Whether they are worried about new classmates, a new teacher, or a new school — here are a few tips to calm your child’s jitters. * Enforce a realistic bedtime and stick to it.  * Each … Continued

Fun, Fractions and Thanksgiving

  Children remember more of what they learn by doing.  Help math come alive by involving your child in the preparation and serving at Thanksgiving. Years of research show us that learning happens best when children are actively engaged. Here are our recommendations! Remember:   “I see and I forget. I hear and I remember. I … Continued

Halloween Candy Math

It’s that time of year again, candy’s everywhere!  Entice your child to practice math by using their Halloween candy. Help your child understand the concepts of sorting, counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication and fractions — in a sweet way! Mixed Candy Using mixed candy, have your child estimate how many of each type of candy are in … Continued


WOW! Where did the summer go?  Now that we’re in August it’s time to get your kids into the school routine! Here are a few tips to make the transition easier. Continue with your summer reading and math practice. Writing is one of the more difficult skills for many children. Create a family writing time … Continued

How to Avoid the Summer Setback

How do you avoid having your child lose the skills they worked on all year in school? The phenomenon does have a term — it is sometimes referred to as summer learning loss, summer setback, or summer slide. The average child in the U.S. loses more than two months’ worth of mathematical knowledge over the … Continued

DO YOU KNOW…what “area” means to your child in school?

Do you remember learning about area? If so, you probably learned a formula. Now, math is taught in a more conceptual way. Your child will count each square unit inside a figure…counting by 1s, repeated addition, skip counting or multiplication in order to figure out the area. Here are some strategies your child is learning. … Continued

DO YOU KNOW…the importance of fractional strips?

  Do you remember how you learned fractions? You probably learned the rules for fractions instead of understanding fractional concepts. Fractions are a part of life that we use all the time. Without fractions you wouldn’t be able to cook, understand what 1/2 off means at the mall, or “how much” is 2/3 of a … Continued

DO YOU KNOW…the different division strategies your child is learning?

So, just like multiplication, your child is learning various strategies for division. Most of us learned how to divide by memorizing the division facts. Since children learn in a variety of ways, more than one strategy is taught to learn the division facts.  This allows children to find the strategy that works best for them. … Continued

20 Children’s Books Teaching Strength and Courage

We all try to encourage our children to be the best they can be…strong, courageous, kind, honest and true to themselves. We, at The School Guides, feel books are a perfect way to illustrate these important principles. Here are some of our favorites.. (For less obvious titles, we’ve put in a short description about the … Continued

18 Holiday Books We Love

During this busy time of the year, take time to snuggle up with your child, grab a cup of hot chocolate, and read some of these holiday favorites. It’s a wonderful way to connect and celebrate the season. Happy reading and happy holidays! Hanukkah Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story by Fran Manushkin The Chanukkah Guest by … Continued