Poetry and Language Skills

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Poetry can be used to help develop language skills. The length of most stanzas and poems is often less intimidating than a passage or book. However, the content can be just as emotional, relevant, and challenging. Although the school year is winding down, there’s still time to spark your child’s interest in the subject. It may even lead to new insight on an old text or the discovery of a sup…


Ending the Year on a High Note

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Now that spring is just a few weeks away and most annual standardized assessments have been completed, the focus has started to shift to the end of the school year. Final exams, conferences, graduations, how prepared each child is to move on to the coming grade or new school – it can all be a little overwhelming. Your child may be feeling anxious, over assessed or a combination of the two. It’…


Managing the Summer Reading Slide for Less Than Enthusiastic Readers

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One of the most challenging aspects of the US education system for the 70% of children who don’t really love reading is the long summer break.  It can be a huge momentum stopper.  Despite all the best intentions in the world, it’s really hard to get an unwilling reader to read over summer when there are so many other “fun” activities competing for his/her time. And so they don’t read. He…


Recognizing Quality Brain-Based Learning Programs and Lessons

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As educators, we’re often asked by parents to weigh in on whether or not a program they are considering for their child, outside of the classroom, would be beneficial. Between the number of programs and products available and the changing views in education, it’s often challenging to know how to respond. For the same reasons, choosing the right programs to include as part of classroom instru…


Our Favorite Books and Recommendations

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As reading becomes easier, the desire to read usually increases.  When parents start to notice this transformation in their children, they often ask us to make book recommendations. Recently, one of our students asked for a list of Gemm Learning staff members’ favorite books. As I was compiling the list, I decided to share it with all of our Inside Learning readers.

Melissa is particularly f…


Brain Change and Potential for Growth

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At Gemm Learning we often refer to brain plasticity when speaking to families. It is the reason our software has been so effective as well as the inspiration for its creation. Miriam-Webster defines neuroplasticity or brain plasticity as the brain’s ability to adapt and change throughout life. This means that the capacity to learn is not static and that new pathways will form to adjust to cha…