My mom and grandmother administered the girls’ standardized tests while we were in Florida (in West Virginia, a parent can’t administer the official tests that we submit to the school board), and one thing I realized when I was flipping through the test booklets was that we haven’t really spent enough time focusing on language mechanics — specifically capitalization and punctuation.
We use First Language Lessons from Peace Hill Press, but we haven’t been as consistent with it as we should have been, and I thought they had a better understanding of both topics than they did. (More on our 2013-2014 curriculum plans coming soon!)
The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator:
Most students are in countdown mode: they know exactly how many days are left until summer. Children and teens everywhere envision sleeping in, lazing by the pool, and playing with friends. All of those things are appropriate – when balanced with the realities of responsibility.
What is this teacher’s plea? Please don’t coddle your children this summer! Too many children are not required to exert themselves, either physically or mentally, for weeks or months. They return to school in the fall with a bad attitude. They resent the demands that a rigid schedule and tough curriculum require. Days of precious instructional time are wasted as teachers try – sometimes unsuccessfully – to get students back up to speed and into the mode of learning.