May 11, 2020

If you haven't yet noticed from all my blog posts, I'm a big fan of Common Sense Media. They just started a podcast that looks pretty good. I haven't started it yet but wanted to share here. This is the email I received about it. I'd love to hear what you think about t...

April 20, 2020

Many teachers, including myself, are doing Google Hangouts with our students. I've had students ask me if they can set up their own Hangouts with friends beyond the teacher's lessons. The answer is yes, but with parent permission and supervision! Here is a review for y...

April 13, 2020

Check out this website for activities that siblings can do with each other to bond, compete, and cooperate. The lava game never gets old!

April 1, 2020

I LOVE Common Sense Media! (No, they are not paying me to say this.) They have fabulous lessons for kids and information for parents regarding anything and everything technology. You can get movie, video game, and TV reviews that let you know what is or isn't appropria...

March 19, 2020

There are SO MANY Covid-19 resources popping up everywhere. Try not to be overwhelmed and just explore one at a time as you need. I will try my best to highlight the most helpful ones. 

Some links:

"Support Sylvania" Facebook page has been amazing for Sylvania families...

March 17, 2020

I would love to be Pen Pals with my Sylvan Bobcats! Students please feel free to write me an email or letter, or draw me a picture, and I will write back. I would love to hear how you are spending your time at home. I miss you!

Email: ahoffman@sylvaniaschools....

March 13, 2020

Here is a letter with some resources for talking to your child about COVID-19. This letter was also included in the Sylvan Slate newsletter. 

One video in particular I really like is by BrainPop (click on picture). Just about all of our students are familiar with B...

March 4, 2020

I found this article a few years ago and it has remained one of my favorites. It describes so many kids who are great at school and then go home and act like terrors (I was one of those myself!). I have a friend who described this as using up all of her "good" at schoo...

March 2, 2020

I use the Second Step curriculum to teach social-emotional lessons to every classroom each week. I just came upon a blog by the Committee for Children, the creators of Second Step. Looks like it has some great articles for parents and educators. Enjoy!

https://www.cfchi...

February 21, 2020

Kindergarten is learning to handle waiting, and who better to help us out than Cookie Monster! 

According to the Committee for Children, "the ability to wait is an important part of emotion management. In research on waiting skills, or "delay of gratification," students...

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