What does Summer Solutions offer?

Looking for a way to make sure your child’s math and language skills stay sharp this summer? Summer Solutions is the answer. “The summer slide,” “summer learning loss,” “summer brain drain”—these are all names for a phenomenon parents and teachers know all too well. Over summer break, students can forget as much as two months’ […]

What has Dr. Seuss Done? Had Lots of Figurative Language Fun!

Dr. Seuss isn’t just for elementary classes anymore! Do you know what’s happening March 2nd? It’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday and the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day! Dr. Seuss is one of the most celebrated children’s authors today, and most children have read his books or have had his books read to them. By […]

4 Award-Winning Books Your Child Can Read over Winter Break

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, the fire is so delightful, and since you’ve no place to go—the kids will need something to do! Perhaps having your child curl up with a good book is the answer! But what to have them read? Whether you’re looking for a mystery, a fairy tale, a work of […]

Keep Snow Days Educational and Fun! 5 Things to Include in Blizzard Bags this Season

Yes, it is that time of year again—the snow and cold temperatures are coming! While you might already have the required assignments your school district recommends for students’ blizzard bags, why not mix it up with some other fun things they can do as well? Here are 5 recommendations: Turn on the Tube: Public television […]

Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade Common Core ELA

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.4.B Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., telegraph, photograph, autograph). The items in each Simple Solutions lesson are aligned directly with the fourth grade CSS. Teachers always know which standard is being addressed. The Topic Guide shows the order in which the standards are introduced. Students […]

Thanksgiving Nouns

Thanksgiving Nouns

November has arrived, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner! At Bright Ideas Press, we are thankful for the dedicated teachers, parents, and students who use Simple Solutions. To show how grateful we are, we created a first-grade Thanksgiving noun activity that aligns with the English Common Core Standard L.1.1b. For your older students, here […]

Pablo Picasso Monsters

Pablo Picasso

This week’s activity combines Pablo Picasso’s birthday (October 25th), Halloween, and an English Common Core activity all in one lesson!  There is a lot of information about Pablo Picasso on the internet, and we highly recommend previewing any sites your students will use.  Some of Picasso’s work may not be appropriate for elementary aged children. […]

Kindergarten Common Core English

Putting the Pieces Together! Can you believe today is the first day of October?  Hopefully, your year has gotten off to a great start!  As a teacher, I always looked forward to October when my students had finally adjusted to following schedules, getting up early, and doing homework on a daily basis.  This year many […]

Plan a Picnic

The 4th of July is almost here.  Many people celebrate by planning a party.  It’s a fun way to enjoy summertime weather while keeping the kitchen clean!  This week, a good friend of Simple Solutions came up with a wonderful and child-friendly recipe for you to download.  You and your children can make it together […]

Using Analogies In Your Classroom

Analogies are used in books to help the reader understand the text. This Simple Solutions series aligns with Common Core State Standards for Reading Literature, Reading Informational Text, Writing, and English Language. As recommended by the CCSS, the student book contains a 50/50 ratio of literary and informational text. Each passage is accompanied by a […]