Homeschool Evaluations and Assessments

Homeschool Evaluations and Assessments

It's that time!

It's officially Spring and the end of the school year is quickly approaching.  Homeschooling families should be preparing for annual evaluations and/or assessments, which must be completed by a certified teacher and submitted to the superintendent of schools.  Avenue Education is here to help!

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Not Too Spooky: Halloween Books for Young Children

Not Too Spooky: Halloween Books for Young Children

Looking for seasonal books to tap into your kids' excitement over Halloween?  Here are some of my favorite selections which are fun and entertaining, but also have educational value for your little ones.  Order from Amazon now and they can still arrive in time for the holiday!

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Why Shouldn't Every Kid Read Harry Potter?

Why Shouldn't Every Kid Read Harry Potter?

Many high level readers in elementary school are eager to delve into popular series such as Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, or Twilight.  Just because a child can handle the text complexity, does not necessarily mean you want them to be exposed to mature, violent, or downright scary content.

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It’s never too early to begin instilling literacy skills and a love for reading books!

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     Reading aloud is one of the most powerful ways you can impact a child’s language development and future academic success. This excellent chart provides a guide to early literacy milestones starting from 6 months on up to kindergarten. The chart includes what to look for as you observe your child’s behavior and what you can do to support his or her interactions with literature. 

     This information is provided by a lovely organization called “Reach Out and Read.”  They engage pediatricians in talking with families about the importance of reading aloud beginning in infancy.  They give children a new book to take home at each checkup, and provide reading materials for the waiting rooms. Check out other helpful materials under the Resource Center tab at ReachOutandRead.org. Follow them on Twitter: @reachoutandread

Reading Times for Popular Books

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Click the link to this beautiful infographic, which can help to judge whether a book is a good fit for your child’s attention span.  If you’re looking for a good bedtime story, some longer books can be read over the course of several nights.  This data is based on average reading rates for children, so the times would vary if the parent is reading aloud.  You can enhance your children’s listening comprehension by reading higher level books to them and discussing the story together.  http://electricliterature.com

New Insight on Old-School Teaching Tools

New Insight on Old-School Teaching Tools

Small pieces of chalk are excellent for developing the pincer grasp needed for writing.   The best part is, kids of all ages love it!  Contact Avenue Education for one-on-one handwriting instruction for your child today!

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