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By K5 Team
posted Jul 29 2015 - 10:00am

By Sheila Welch

Sheila recommends some of her favorite back to school reading. Enjoy:

The TrekTHE TREK by Ann Jonas is a picture book that was featured on the highly respected TV show Reading Rainbow. As an unnamed narrator walks to school, she sees exotic animals hidden in the illustrations. The stones of a chimney form a giraffe; the branches and limbs of a tree become gorillas; and watermelons (one cut open) look like a hippopotamus. Toddlers to ten-year-olds will enjoy searching for these and many more creatures in this imaginative book.

WITH BOOKS AND BRICKS by Suzanne Slade is a nonfiction picture book for ages six to twelve. It focuses on Booker T. Washington’s remarkable determination to build a school for Black students. Three attempts to make the necessary 25,000 bricks are thwarted when homemade kilns break, destroying the bricks. Finally, Booker sells his watch and buys a kiln that works. The resulting bricks become the first of many buildings that form Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute. Expressive watercolors by Nicole Tadgell compliment this inspirational account.

By K5 Team
posted Jul 20 2015 - 11:38am

By Laura Payne

Countable nounsBy the end of grade school, children will have learned that not all nouns behave the same way when it comes to pluralization. Nouns can be separated into two different types: those that can be pluralized and those that can’t. Nouns that can be pluralized are called count nouns, and nouns that can’t be pluralized are called non-count nouns.

It is important for children to be able to differentiate the two types of nouns because they are quantified differently, and they take different modifiers. You can help your children with count and non-count nouns by reviewing some basic guidelines with them.

By K5 Team
posted Jul 9 2015 - 12:49pm

EstimationEstimation is a quick way to work out the approximate answer to a math problem. Estimation is a great way to check your work. To estimate, you need to know how to round numbers. Once you learn to round numbers and estimate, you can do more complex math problems in your head.

Estimating is an important part of math and very handy for everyday life – for making sure you are paying the right amount of money when you go shopping , or for working out lengths of time, distance, weight, etc.

By K5 Team
posted Jun 30 2015 - 7:58am

By Laura Payne



Children generally begin learning about coordinating conjunctions in the third grade and learn how to use them to write compound sentences in the fourth grade. The word so is one of the coordinating conjunctions, but it can also be used as a subordinate conjunction. These two different uses of so have different requirements for punctuation which can lead to confusion. You can help your children remember which so is which by reviewing the following information with them.

By K5 Team
posted Jun 1 2015 - 9:30am

By Sheila Welch

Sheila recommends some of her favorite non-fiction books that will help your kids pursue some new hobbies.

why is it springSEEDS, written by Ken Robbins and illustrated with his large, clear photographs explains about seeds in general and about a variety of individual plant seeds. On one page, he shows how an acorn might be Aplanted@ by a forgetful squirrel, and the accompanying photo captures a squirrel=s confused expression. This is an attractive book that will interest toddlers through second graders.

WHY IS IT SPRING? by Sara Latta will help early elementary age kids understand the cycle of seasons caused by the tilt of the Earth as it moves around the sun. The whole book is organized in a question/answer format that is fun to read. The last few pages include an age appropriate experiment called AMy Shadow@ and a bibliography and an index.

By K5 Team
posted May 28 2015 - 9:39am

By Laura Payne

child reading aloudOnce children are able to read and write at a basic level, they take more interest in creating and telling stories, both verbally and through writing. When children tell stories, they learn new language skills that benefit their writing. They learn how to organize events in a story, and they learn about point of view. Even if a child is simply telling a story out loud, he or she is still honing organizational and point of view skills that are crucial to the type of writing high school and college instructors expect.

By K5 Team
posted May 26 2015 - 10:40am

Freelance journalist, Amy Williams, asks how addicted are our young children to electronic devices, and how does this addiction affect their ability to learn? Some of this research may shock you.

Kids using cellphones

By Amy Williams

By K5 Team
posted May 16 2015 - 11:36am

Subject verbWhen children expand their vocabulary and begin creating more detailed sentences with complex subjects, selecting the correct verb form for present tense writing can be tricky. Subjects and verbs must agree in number. If a subject is singular, the verb must be too; if a subject is plural, the verb must be plural. If a child doesn’t know how to identify the simple subject in a complex subject, he won’t know whether the subject is singular or plural. 

A complex subject is one that uses modifiers to add information to the simple subject.

Here is a complex subject with the simple subject in bold:

The giant, yellow bee in the flowers

In the example, two adjectives and a prepositional phrase modify the simple subject. 

By K5 Team
posted May 5 2015 - 9:20am

Grammar rocksSummer is fast approaching, and a break from school shouldn’t be an excuse to take a break from learning. You can help your children hone their language skills, and maybe even develop new ones, while having fun this summer.

Road Trips
For many people, a large part of summer break ends up being spent in a car, whether it be travelling to a vacation destination or just travelling around town doing errands. The good news is . . . a car ride presents the perfect opportunity to use music as a tool for learning language skills.

By K5 Team
posted Apr 28 2015 - 10:31am

prepositionsMost children start learning about prepositions and how to use them in kindergarten. As adults, prepositions are such a common part of language that we don’t realize it is not always easy for young language learners to understand the job of prepositions.
What Do Prepositions Do?
Prepositions describe the relationships between words.

Preposition of place answer questions of where.
The moon is in the sky. Where is the moon? It is in the sky.