New Look to Digital Teacher Editions

Teachers who use our Simple Solutions books in the classroom are going to find a nice surprise when they open their digital teacher editions at the start of the school year.  The new update makes these editions easier than ever! Everything that you love about the S²TaR Center (The Simple Solutions Tools and Resource Center) […]

Fostering Information Literacy

There are many ways to define Information Literacy. It might best be viewed as the sum of some of its basic components: needing, gathering, evaluating, and using information. One dilemma facing teachers today is guiding students towards reputable, current, and authoritative sources with rich content. To label reporting “fake news” leaves students wondering how to […]

Mastering Mathematics with 21st Century Strategies

Retrieval practice, spaced practice, and interleaved practice are not new. Plenty of cognitive scientists and researchers have endorsed them, based on more than 100 years of research. Even so, these beneficial strategies have not been widely implemented in most elementary school classrooms. Why, then, do we call them 21st Century Strategies? Today, we understand the […]

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

As my profile states, I am a Cleveland Indians fan. Inhabitants of Northeast Ohio understand what that means. You see, we have witnessed a lot of exciting baseball in our town, and we have come REALLY close to winning it ALL. But it’s been 70 years since we’ve won a World Series. My 88-year-old mother […]

Mammoth Cave National Park

My passion for national parks started when I visited Mammoth Cave National Park. This beautiful gem, nestled in the heart of Edmonson County, Kentucky, was established as a national park on July 1, 1941. It is also a World Heritage Site, a distinguished honor received in 1981, recognizing its international importance. Mammoth Cave, with over […]

Joseph Dalton Hooker: Botanist for the Ages

I write a blog every month about a scientist worth knowing. For June’s scientist, I have chosen a rather obscure botanist (obscure by American standards), Joseph Dalton Hooker. He meets my criterion of being born in June—June 30, 1817—to be precise. And, a happy coincidence, the first full week in June is National Garden Week. […]

School’s Out—Reading’s In

For some, the countdown is over, and for others it is nearing the end. It’s time for summer reading! A wonderful source for reading ideas is your local library. I can’t imagine a public library without a summer reading program, so check out the one nearest you. Your library website may have suggestions for books […]

Gratitude: Thank You Notes

On a recent episode of ABC’s “The Middle” Frankie finds a bag of unfinished and long overdue thank you notes under her son, Axl’s, bed. Horrified by her discovery, she issues her ultimatum. As long as he is living in her house, he is to finish the notes! Yes, it’s comedy, but in the end, […]

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It’s Derby Day!

It’s known as “The Run for the Roses” and “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” In 2018, the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby falls on May 5. Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, will see a field of the finest Thoroughbred horses in the world compete for the first jewel in the Triple Crown. […]

Summer Solutions Books at a Glance- Grade 4 – 8

Summer Solutions Books  The Simple Solutions Approach–solid instruction, daily distributed practice, and ongoing assessment–is a proven strategy that promotes mastery and ensures long-term retention. Summer Solutions provides review and practice that allows students to retain important math and language arts skills, not only over the summer break but for a lifetime. Grades 4 – 8 […]