Bullying in Schools, and What To Do About It

Bullying in Schools, and What To Do About It Tips to Help Parents and Teachers Quell Bullying Bullying is, unfortunately, a common pox on many childhoods and even adulthoods. It can also have devastating mental and physical effects, including depression, anxiety, easting disorders, self-harm, trust issues, social disorders and drug use. These issues don’t go […]

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Free Speech Part 3

The World in the Absence of Freedom Free Speech Part 3 The last two posts on the YesPhonics blog have both been about freedom of speech; first, we explored at first amendment rights in American schools, and then we dove into the contentious realm of book banning. In this final installment of our free speech […]

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Free Speech Part 2: Book Banning

Free Speech Part 2: Book Banning Part 1 of this series dealt with what free speech looks like in America. In this post, we’ll look at book banning, and its impact on literature and education. Book banning is nothing new. Before the invention of the printing press, books were rare and expensive. They took a […]

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Free Speech in School The Importance of Speech and Objectivity: Part 1 By Courtney Duke Graves Since the ratification of the Constitution, America has enjoyed a level of free speech unseen in many parts of the world. Laws and movements threatening to stifle this right crop up from time to time, but we rely on […]

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iPads in Schools: Pros and Cons

iPads in Schools: Pros and Cons How much technology is too much? Some things about the back to school days never change. Teachers are still asking for #2 pencils and composition notebooks. Parents are still taking photos of their kids as they get on the bus for the first day. But some things have changed: […]

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What Happened to Block Scheduling?

What Happened to Block Scheduling Might I suggest a visit to our school? A guest post by Ann Michaelsen I just read this article: “Fiddling with Time in Classrooms” by Larry Cuban, and found it quite interesting. First of all, block scheduling in the USA seems to be very different from what we do in […]

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How to reverse the summer brain drain and still have fun

How to Reverse the Summer Brain Drain Three Sure-Fire Ways to Get Your Child Motivated and Excited Summer’s coming to a close, vacation trips are over, and back-to-school gear is popping up in all the stores. More important than your kid having the right three-ring binder and matching notebooks is that they have the right […]

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Childhood Speech Disorders Part 2: Three Common Mistakes in Therapy

Childhood Speech Disorders Part 2: Three Common Mistakes in Therapy For most of my childhood, I had problems with my speech. As mentioned in Part 1, speech errors are normal while children are first learning to talk, but the errors should resolve themselves naturally by the time the child is in kindergarten. My errors, however, […]

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Childhood Speech Disorders Part 1: Understanding the Basics

Childhood Speech Disorders Part 1: Understanding the Basics Speech-language impairment has been called the “most common and least diagnosed disability of childhood,” affecting approximately one in every 12 children. 46 percent of children enrolled in early intervention programs have communication impairments, while 26 percent have developmental delays in multiple areas, usually including language skills (NIH). […]

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The Effects of Reading to Infants

The Effects of Reading to Infants Reading and the Link Between Language Development We’ve all heard the saying, “start them young.” These days, the starting point for formal education is getting younger and younger. People are buying computer coding books for babies and sending three-year-olds to prestigious preschools for $43,600 a year. But don’t worry. […]

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