Education

  1. Does The Million Word Gap Exist?

    By Lyndsey Gresehover As an English/Language Arts and Reading teacher and blogger for almost two decades, the word gap is a fretful phrase that I hear all too often in education. But the real question is … does it really exist? What is the word gap? This idea came from a study done in the 1990s by two psychologists, Betty Hart and Todd Risley, where …

  2. Activities To Help Your Kid Decode Words

    One of the foundational reading skills that most children learn in early elementary or primary school is how to decode words. While decode sounds like something spies do, decoding is actually the ability to see a written word and read it aloud. This process is often known familiarly as being able to sound out words when reading. Sound complicated? It’s not, we swear! Plus we’re …

  3. Words To Know When You’re Raising A Reader

  4. How To Help Early Readers With The Different Types Of Syllables And Vowels

    When they are learning to read, children are often taught about syllables first. Having a firm understanding of how many syllables appear in each word and how each of those syllables is pronounced makes the introduction to reading a little bit easier. If children know how to identify the syllables in a word, they can break longer multisyllabic words up into smaller, more manageable segments …

  5. Dictionary.com’s Winter Break Word Challenges For Kids

    Ah, winter break. That welcome respite from homework, early morning alarms, and packing lunches … well, for about the first four hours anyway. That’s generally when the kids’ cries of “I’m bored!” start echoing through the house, and you contemplate how long you can get away with sending them outside when the weather is something frightful. To stop those cries (or at least dampen them …

  6. Teach Your Kids New Words By Describing These Holiday Characters

    It’s the holiday season—there’s more downtime than usual and the winter weather keeps most of us from spending too much time outside. So it’s obviously a great time to work on analytical and writing skills in a fun and engaging way. Come on, you know that sounds fun! Wait, just hear us out … There are any number of familiar characters in the holiday stories, …

  7. Dictionary.com’s Fifth Grade Homework Help Cheat Sheet

    Fifth grade is typically the final year of grade school, which means the lessons get cranked up a notch in preparation for middle school and beyond. Teachers ask students to delve deeper into subject matter, stretch their skills, and show more independence. The work is challenging but intriguing as they explore new concepts and develop their opinions about them. Fifth grade is also the year …

  8. How Do I Write A College Application Essay?

    A college application is made up of many different components. You’ve got the transcripts, the recommendations, the exam scores. And, just when you think there can’t possibly be anything else, you’re hit with the essays. Some schools require just one personal statement. Others ask for many. Some, like the University of Chicago, pose “quirky” questions like, “Cats have nine lives, Pac-Man has three lives, and …

  9. What Do These Common School Acronyms Mean?

    Schools are ground zero for alphabet soup—educators seemingly love to name things using acronyms. STEM, GPA, KWL. While all of this jargon can seem kind of daunting, it’s not too bad once you learn the ropes. And we are here to help. So, get out your pencil and notebook, raise your hand for roll call, and prepare for School Acronyms 101. STEM You may think …

  10. Homework Hack: How To Answer These Common Essay Prompts