A Smarter Beginning 

Parents of struggling middle-schooler: “Should we let her fail?”

January 31, 2016 | Blog | Permalink

This article by Meghan Leahy appeared in The Washington Post on January 13, 2016. (istockphoto) By Meghan Leahy January 13 Q. How can I help my seventh-grader be more responsible about her schoolwork? She is struggling in school but doesn’t help herself by seeking out what she needs to know, and low grades don’t seem to bother […]

Not Just Scribbles: How Tots Start Learning Text is Symbolic

January 23, 2016 | Blog | Permalink

Posted: Saturday, January 9, 2016 5:41 am | Updated: 5:41 am, Sat Jan 9, 2016. LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer This article by Lauran Neergaard and the accompanying photo appeared in the Post-Bulletin at www.postbulletin.com on January 9, 2016. WASHINGTON — Celebrate your child’s scribbles. A novel experiment shows that even before learning their ABCs, youngsters start to recognize […]

Why Johnny Can’t Name His Colors

January 8, 2016 | Blog | Permalink

This article by Melody Dye about young children learning the names of colors appeared in Scientific American on July 13, 2010.   No, the kid’s probably not color blind. A trick for teaching children colors at a younger age–and why it is otherwise so hard for them.   Subject 046M, for male, was seated nervously across […]