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 […]

At-Home Learning: Use the Problem-Solving Strategies

By this time of year, most grade-level math concepts have been addressed, though students may not have reached mastery in every area. That comes with practice! As they move through elementary school, students acquire a range of strategies to tackle multi-step word problems. During problem solving, students use skills—everything from using basic facts and simple […]

The Right Choice for Summer

Summer Solutions are the workbooks that teachers trust and recommend to keep children academically engaged over the summer months. Unlike other workbook series, Summer Solutions provides distributed practice that strengthens retention over a ten-week summer period and allows children to learn new material at the start of the next school year. Anyone can use Summer […]

Time to Take Action How to Purchase Summer Solutions Parents

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 the previous school year. Summer Solutions closes that summer learning gap. Each […]

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End the Summer Slide with Summer Solutions

Ahh, summer! Who doesn’t look forward to a couple months of warmth, sunshine, and some well-deserved R&R? Don’t worry, it’ll be here before you know it. But, as it so often goes, with the good comes the bad–the summer slide. The Research Parents, teachers, and researchers all know that summer learning loss, or the summer […]

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 […]

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’ […]

More Summer Solutions Scholars!

In August, Bright Ideas Press introduced you to our first ever Summer Solutions Scholars.  Recently I received pictures of these beautiful girls spending minutes a day working on their Summer Solutions.  I want to introduce you to these new Summer Solutions Scholars. Megan and Emma are sisters who worked on Level 2 Summer Solutions in […]

Magic Square

Magic squares have been around for thousands of years.  Share this fun and ancient problem solving activity with your kids.  For more math fun, check out our Mathematics line! Select a link below for a printer friendly version. June 2012 Magic Square Worksheet June 2012 Magic Square Solution Simple Solutions Common Core Math Worksheet Generator […]

Garage Sale Summer Math

You have only a limited amount of money to spend at a garage sale. What combinations of goods can you buy without going over your limit? The file below contains the story problem worksheets. For more help with problem solving, check out our Problem Solving series. Click Here to Get the Garage Sale Math File! Simple […]