Food for Thought

What food experts are telling us harkens back to the dinner table maxim about not wasting food (see Thinking Beyond the Plate and Avenues to Aid). On a macro level, food that is not harvested is thrown away, or wasted, by a variety of players in the food industry. Myriad organizations delineate a difference between […]

Avenues to Aid

The last blog introduced the recent surge in the overwhelming demand on food banks. This blog briefly explores the different types of food-assistance agencies. It is important to know that each of us can do something to alleviate suffering. There are a variety of ways food gets to hungry people in the United States. Soup […]

Thinking Beyond the Plate

Perhaps you were told by a parent or grandparent as they scowled at the untouched food on your plate, “Don’t waste that!” We often associate that phrase with folks who lived a long time ago, or through a war or famine, when communities sacrificed what little they had to help a cause. Nothing was wasted. […]

stress and back to school

Simple Strategies to Manage Stress

“Back to school” has a very different ring to it this year. Many aspects of beginning a new school year are dramatically different from how they’ve ever been. Anxiety, fatigue, restlessness, and stress are our unwelcome companions. All of our lives are different in some ways. We need to acknowledge that, but also remind ourselves […]

Math Standards Unwrapped

A Simple Solution to Demystify Math Standards As an elementary teacher, I attended countless workshops and graduate classes aimed at making math understandable and engaging for my students. But I was aware that not everyone had the same experience with math. When the parents of my students asked how they could help their children, I […]

The Liberty Bell: An American Symbol of Freedom.

Proclaim Liberty throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof. That, as you might recognize, is the inscription on our 2,080-pound national treasure, the Liberty Bell. There are many myths and misconceptions in US history, some of which involve this famous symbol. According to the National Park Service, the State House bell, as it […]

Why Flashcards Work

When I was in elementary school, my favorite activity was whole-class flashcard races. I already had the longing to become a teacher and couldn’t wait to get my own set of tall, buff-colored flashcards for every math operation. When I had my own classroom, I used flashcards in a less competitive way. My students made […]

Engage Readers and Beat the Summer Slide!

The school year is finally winding down—and what a year it has been! Teachers, parents, and students will all be happy to take a break from distance learning. Unfortunately, the summer slide will not be taking a break. In fact, the impact of the COVID slide, as some are calling it, may be substantially worse, […]

Backyard Summer Camp, Part 3: Combat Brain Drain

In addition to crafts and Active Experiences, expose your campers to some great literature. Answering a few questions after reading a story is an effective way to maintain reading comprehension skills over the summer. Simple Download these children’s classics adapted by Simple Solutions. For very young children, use The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Steadfast Tin […]