Parenting & Pregnancy

Goal-Setting with Children

Goal-Setting with Children

When I was a sophomore in high school, I found out about a school trip to France that would take place about 18 months later. As a French 1 student and a less-than-frequent traveler, I was eager to go on the trip. Staying with a host […]

Dare to Dream

Dare to Dream

Kids can surprise us every day. After teaching in an elementary school classroom for almost a month, I learned unexpected things about the students and their dreams for the future. We had just learned in social studies about the dreams of African Americans in moving […]

Children Learning through Technology: Great Online Resources

Children Learning through Technology: Great Online Resources

As technology in education has gone from chalkboard to whiteboard to smartboard, children still typically learn best through examples and practice, not just lectures. Lucky for us in today’s technology age, many resources are available to help children, parents, and teachers with academics. Resources for […]

For Better or Worse…Behavior

For Better or Worse…Behavior

As I began my book group in the 5th grade class I’m teaching in this semester, I could tell that two girls were frustrated with one another. Here’s what ensued: dirty looks, obviously offended gestures, teasing, and complaints that the other was kicking her under the […]

Eliminating Problem Behaviors through Behavior Modification

Eliminating Problem Behaviors through Behavior Modification

You’ve seen it at the grocery store—kid asks for candy, mom resists, kid throws a fit, mom gives in. While this situation may be the reality for parents on some trying days, it’s helpful to understand what’s behind this childish behavior. You wouldn’t want to […]

Loving and Learning from Children with Special Needs

Loving and Learning from Children with Special Needs

I’m coming to the end of a one-block (seven-week) BYU class on special education for elementary school students. Not only have I learned more about various disabilities—cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, epilepsy, ADHD—I’ve also learned to see the great potential in children with special needs. Before […]

The Power of Inquiry Learning

The Power of Inquiry Learning

When kids write biographies, as I discussed in my last post, they engage in thinking of questions, asking them, and getting feedback. What is the power of asking questions? Think about it—you just spent a second feeling curious about the answer to this question, and […]

Kids Find Connections in Writing Family Biographies 

Kids Find Connections in Writing Family Biographies 

After my posts about helping kids write in journals, I’ve had another writing activity for kids on my mind—writing family biographies. Last year, I wrote a biography on my great-grandfather, Rockwell Albert Davis. I hadn’t imagined the work it would require—interviewing family members, clicking through […]

Help Kids Build Faith through Journal Writing

Help Kids Build Faith through Journal Writing

In my last post, I wrote about how teachers can help students get excited about practicing writing in personal journals. Parents of young children can do the same, but for a different purpose—writing in their journals can help kids increase in faith and gratitude. Check […]

Riting is Grate—Kids Test Out Writing through Journals

Riting is Grate—Kids Test Out Writing through Journals

Kids in the early grades are learning to express themselves in a foreign language—writing. One way to help kids get better at writing—whether you’re a teacher or a parent—is by helping them keep a journal. Not only will students love writing about their favorite subject—themselves—they just […]