English Language Learners: Why Learn the Linguistics of English (and Not Just the Words)

Posted on July 24, 2019

Why Learn the Linguistics of English (and Not Just the Words) No, this is not about erasing or replacing culture   Only a month in, the student’s teacher suggested that she attend a different elementary school that may have more resources to help English learners. I suggested it was unnecessary as she already speaks English and only needs to work on pronunciation and grammar. She is not starting from the beginning. As she does have a ...

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Educating Foster Children

Taking in a foster child is hard work. You need to be aware this child is not the clean slate you get when you have your own child. It is important to remember they are in the foster care system for a reason, and you may not know the full story. You have missed the part where you get to read parenting books and can ask the doctor "what’s wrong!?" It is important to understand this child comes with experiences, a history and memories that may ...

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Deciding Whether or Not to Homeschool Your Child

Posted on June 27, 2019

If you're here, you are asking yourself, "Should I homeschool my child?" and "What are the costs and benefits?" In California, about 160,000-250,000 are homeschooled. Parents may choose to homeschool their children for a variety of reasons. Whatever the reason is, parents should consider the best options to benefit their child. Parents and children have different needs and different views on what exactly is the best curriculum for their child. ...

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Corporate Social Responsibility Powerpoint

Posted on April 15, 2019

Download the powerpoint lesson for Corporate Social Responsibility

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Keep Them Reading Over the Summer

Posted on July 20, 2017

It's one of the biggest problems parents tell me they have with their kids. How to make sure your child keeps on learning through the summer... Do you know where the idea of summer vacation came from? It was from way back when families needed their children in the summer to help harvest crops on their family farm-- so they took off summers from school. The majority of kids today don't need to do that anymore. In fact, many don't do much to ...

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Harry Potter in the Classroom

Posted on April 5, 2017

Harry Potter is not as controversial as it was when the books were first released in 2001. Religious groups may believe the fantasy series promotes witchcraft, but as the series became more and more popular, it has become apparent to the general public that although Harry Potter may be set in another world, its messages translate into our Muggle world just as well as any other coming-of-age stories. From its lessons in friendship, the gains ...

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5 Indoor Summer Activities For Kids 

Posted on July 20, 2016

Summer is hot! If you’re living in Southern California, like I am, you know what I’m talking about. The beaches are crowded, and sometimes, going to the beach everyday for the cool breeze isn’t an option, because the drive, the parking and the walk is just too much. Activities to keep your kids busy this summer may include sports, even catching Pokémon with the recently booming app PokémonGo and other outdoor activities, but on those ...

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