Why Should Preschoolers Use Retrieval Practice?

Why Should Preschoolers Use Retrieval Practice? In many ways, preschoolers are just like all other learners. They acquire skills incrementally, build upon prior knowledge, and solve problems through trial-and-error. They rely on memory for learning. Like other learners, preschoolers benefit from a strategy called retrieval practice. Retrieval practice is calling to mind (retrieving) what has […]

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 […]

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 […]

Honoring our Presidents

It’s February, when teachers everywhere turn to thoughts of… presidents. I, being no different, made sure to attend the updated and recently reopened Hall of Presidents attraction during my recent trip to Disney World. The video portion of the presentation appears on a panoramic screen. It tells how the Founding Fathers had a new idea […]

shark week

Test-Taking Skills

 Practice test-taking skills this summer! For some middle school kids, taking a test is as scary as facing a shark. One way to ease those fears is to practice test-taking strategies. Our Summer Solutions Study Skills books provide students with note-taking and test-taking strategies that will help them once school starts again in the fall.   […]

Earth Day 2017: Science Activity

Earth Day  Earth Day is April 22. These days, many communities support programs that raise awareness about the need to protect our natural environment, and children are more aware than ever of the importance of keeping Earth healthy. This Earth Day activity defines “environment” and gives students an opportunity to investigate the causes and effects […]

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’ […]


Sarah E. Goode Lesson and Inventing Activity

  According to US Census records, Sarah E. Goode was born in Ohio. However, other details of her early life are hazy, and reports are conflicting. One thing is for sure: Goode made history in 1885 by being the first (or possibly second) African-American woman to receive a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark […]

New from Simple Solutions: Simple Solutions Ohio Studies (Available Spring 2017)

Hey, Ohio 4th Grade Teachers! At last, there’s a workbook that uses daily distributed practice to help students learn and retain important information about Ohio. We know you’ll just love Simple Solutions Ohio Studies! The lessons cover all 24 of Ohio’s New Learning Standards for Social Studies in Grade 4, so your students will learn […]

New Year, New Blog, New Building

We’ve got exciting news and a re-designed blog! It’s a new year and we have a new blog design! We know that our readers are busy teachers and parents who rely on our accessible and well-researched information and activities. We made updates that allow you to find what you are looking for more easily. Whether […]