The Seattle Times Education section covers schools at the district, state and federal level. Topics include the University of Washington and other colleges; the Common Core and standardized testing; teacher pay and strikes; charter schools; school discipline; classroom teaching methods; and funding under the McCleary decision. Coverage also includes the Education Lab project. Awesome Library is another student-friendly search engine. As the name implies, this site is also maintained by librarians. This award-winning search engine advertises that they have more than 35,000 resources available, the top five percent in education.
As a kindergarten and first grade teacher, I can never find enough good books at the easiest reading level so I write them myself. There are some great learn to read apps but most of them focus on phonics skills and any books they include are too hard for the very youngest readers. I have just released an iPad app called The Reading Train, which is loaded with more than a hundred easy to read books on 3 levels, a picture dictionary, songbooks and a great quiz train game to extend the learning after every book. It is perfect for ages 4-6, as well as English language learners and children with special app is free to download and I would love to hear your feedback.
Poor people always try to come up with something spectacular and new to make their fortune. This is the biggest trap you face as you work toward your goals. Instead of something new, what you need is a proven system, one that you know works and will help you gain success.
Shockingly and tellingly, no K-3 teachers were on the committee of 135 people who wrote the Common Core Standards for K-3 classrooms. Their lack of involvement in the test-creating process resulted in an exam that’s developmentally inappropriate and potentially damaging to young learners.
Sorry you had such a rough time. I was fortunate to see formerly-homeschooled students excel when I taught undergraduates at the University. They helped to shape my first very-positive opinions of homeschoolers. I think, as with any method of learning, attitude can help shape what you do with your experiences. I would never put my children in public school based on my experiences but, with a change of attitude, I could (probably) find something positive about it LOL.
Yes, Denise, our expectations for public school teachers are unrealistically high. They cannot be everything to everybody, but we so want them to be. With this huge push for academic rigor at younger and younger ages, I see children getting turned off to reading. They’re getting instructed on the mechanics of it before first experiencing the magic of it. When you read to your stepdaughter, you made her feel special and she connected those good feelings with books. Thanks for commenting and blessings back to you!