123 Teach With Me

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My blog gives advice, information, and provides resources for parents and teachers from toddler age to 2nd grade.

Tammy is a winner of Top 25 Teacher Moms - 2013

What's one of your favorite new books for children?

This isn't really a new book but I'm a big fan of the "Pete the Cat" series. My children love Pete and the silly things he does. The stories are just adorable! My son is a music lover so these books go great with his interest in music. He loves to sing the songs and it motivates him to read even more!

What advice would you give to a mom who thinks her child has too much homework?

If you stop looking at homework as "work" but rather opportunities for you to learn about their day, getting involved in their education, and a chance to see how your child is progressing in school, it will become less of a burden. Expressing your dislike for homework will eventually rub off on your child and they will become less likely to want to complete homework. Try to stay positive! If your child is really having a hard time with completing the work on time, talk to the teacher. I'm sure they will understand and try to work out something where your child can be more successful with the assignments. There are plenty of times when I was approached my parents whose child was having difficulty completing the homework in the amount of time it should have taken them. We worked together to come up with ways for their child to be successful. The parent and teacher are partners in the child's education.

What's one of your favorite educational activities that can be done outside the classroom?

The outdoors has so much to offer when it comes to expanding the thinking of a young child. There are so many opportunities for your child to explore and observe the world around them. I always enjoy a good scavenger hunt where your child can move around, interact with others, and be successful. My son enjoys nature scavenger hunts that involve looking at leaves, rocks, and of course bugs. It's very simple to put together. Find a topic that your child is learning in school or something they want to know more about. Brainstorm a lists of objects that relate to that topic and create your hunt. Scavenger hunts don't have to take place outdoors. Take your child to a museum with a list of things to find. This will ensure that your child is getting the most out of the visit. The most important part to any activity outside the classroom is that making sure the parent is there for support, guidance, and motivation. Parents are the key to a child's success and when you take learning outside the classroom, who is left to teach? You, the parent!!!