Meet Reading Comprehension Goals for Students in Third Grade

The ability to read impacts all aspects of life, but above all, reading is essential for learning. That’s why schools and districts all over the country set rigorous reading proficiency goals for students in the primary grades. From preschool through third grade, children are learning to read; by fourth grade, they are reading to learn, […]

Your Students, Your Classroom, and You!

I’ve been reading and collecting education research studies and reports about all kinds of topics, such as improving reading comprehension, raising math scores, teaching with games, best practices for preschool learning, and so on. But these many studies have limitations; that’s why the researchers usually call for replications and further studies. One thing researchers consider […]

Something Free for Your Class This Year

Hey there, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade teachers! School starts soon, and if you’re like a lot of my friends, you’re looking for ways to “do more with less.” Okay, I’m not a fan of that euphemism either. Too often, teachers are told “there is no budget” for the high-quality instructional materials they need. Yet, […]

Bike Cruising in Portugal!

    Regina, Kim, and Diane (that’s me) work at Simple Solutions, but we’re on vacation right now. We’ve packed our bags and bicycles and headed out on an adventure that, for us, is an entirely new way to travel: bike cruising! This vacation is part cruise since we spend our nights aboard a ship […]

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) […]

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 […]

Ordering Summer Solutions

Time for Teachers to Take Action How to Purchase Summer Solutions   Preventing the Summer Slide Summer Solutions is the natural extension of Simple Solutions. We like to think of it as our “fifth quarter” or “third semester.” Without ongoing review and practice over the summer break, children forget much of what they learned during […]

Summer Solutions – Teacher Perspective

No More “Summer Packets” All teachers are aware that summer learning loss is real. In fact, many teachers take a pro-active approach to curb that loss by creating summer reading lists or putting together “packets” of enrichment or reinforcement worksheets for kids to complete over the summer. All activities have the same goal: keep students […]

Practice is Practice, Right?

Part 3: Help Students Understand the Benefits of Distributed Practice and Retrieval Practice In the last two blogs, we looked at distributed practice and retrieval practice—and why combining them is an effective way to increase long-term retention. Use this lesson to explain the strategies and help your students use them more. Just to review, retrieval […]

Simple Solutions Open House!

We opened our doors to give friends and family a behind-the-scenes look at Simple Solutions, and it was a blast! Since moving into our new building in late February, the Simple Solutions team has grown to love our new offices, print shop, and warehouse spaces. When you love something as much as we love our […]