Summer Solutions Reading Activity for Young Children (Pre–K to Grade 2)

Springtime can be magical for children and their pets. Spend some time with an adorable pup by exploring a longtime-favorite, Harry the Dirty Dog, by Gene Zion with illustrations by Margaret Bloy Graham. Then, create a story map. (By the way, you can use this idea with any children’s book.) If you don’t have a copy […]

Phonics Instruction: Less Reteaching, More Time for New Learning

While the best way to teach reading is still debated, years of research support explicit, systematic phonics instruction as the foundation for reading success. In 2000, the National Reading Panel¹ recommended teaching phonics patterns by following a defined scope and sequence. “Learning to read is not natural or easy for most children. Reading is an […]

Simple Solutions Reading Comprehension K

Writing Task Activity Story mapping is the ability to identify the components of a story—setting and characters, as well as the sequence of the story (beginning, middle, and end). Story mapping is an important skill that contributes to a student’s ability to comprehend what he/she has read. This skill is particularly important when reading narrative […]

Meet Reading Comprehension Goals for Students in Preschool and Kindergarten

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 even the very youngest students. From preschool through third grade, children are learning to read; by fourth grade, they are reading to learn, […]

Summer Solutions Books at a Glance – Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Grade 1

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. Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Grade […]

Celebrate the Birthday of Dr. Seuss in Your Classroom

Look here; look there; find Dr. Seuss fun everywhere! Get excited everyone! Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and Read Across America Day are celebrated on March 2nd! Dr. Seuss’ catchy rhymes and fun illustrations never go out of style—they continue to amuse children and adults, year after year. To delight your students this year, the Simple Solutions […]

Five Senses Popcorn Activity

Searching for a science lesson perfect for the five senses? Look no further! The Simple Solutions team has got you covered with our Five Senses Popcorn Activity for kindergarten through second grade. In this fun and interactive science project your students will have the chance to explore sight, sound, taste, touch, and texture using popcorn. […]

Socks that Grow!

If you follow us on social media (and if you don’t already, you should) you may have seen that the Simple Solutions team has got socks on the brain! Throughout the month of October Simple Solutions has been participating in Socktober. This event is a worldwide drive to help those in need by collecting and […]

Apple Investigation

Apple season is here! But apples aren’t just for the lunch room anymore! The classroom activities are endless. Whether you are looking for an engaging writing project, an interactive science lesson, or a cross-curricular unit, Simple Solutions has got you covered.  Below are some possibilities to help you “harvest” the most from your class this […]

Mental Math

Mental Math Your little leprechauns will love to work on this mental math activity based on Common Core Standard 3.OA.9.  To achieve mastery, students must be able to identify patterns in sums of basic facts.  Students must also be able to explain mathematical patterns, such as why the sum of two even or two odd […]