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Online Learning:  Is it Effective?

  • As a student, online tutoring is engaging. Kids love to use technology, so they come into the tutoring session willing to participate. Things may happen with the technology, but kids aren't bothered by that. It causes them to do all types of problem solving. This can help the tutor understand the student's learning style.
  • Students must verbally explain their conceptualizing. Because there is a built in distance, kids are forced to talk about the subject much more than face to face. This verbalizing will reinforce the learning in yet another way than just writing or watching.
  • Internet allows for infinite resources during a tutoring session. This can make an actual session more interactive by using games, interactive websites, and videos. Again, this improves the actual learning and allows it to be internalized to a deeper level.


Learning In Spite of COVID19

The novel corona virus, COVID19, has dramatically impacted learning for students Pre-K through 12.  It is important that we keep their academic progress front and center during this time as each week away from the classroom is detrimental.  Also, during summer break students should continue to read and practice what they learned during the school year.  

Time for Rest, Relaxation

and A Little Math Practice

Winter weather will bring a lot of time indoors as outside activities will be limited.  Here are a few ideas:

  • counting candy
  • sorting:  group candy by color, type, size, or shape
  • fractions
  • addition and subtraction
  • making arrays that show multiplication and repeated addition
  • division:  divide a large group of the same type in to smaller groups
  • gathering data and making graphs of bags of assorted candy

Common Core State Standards in North Carolina

Onslow County Schools, as well as all NC public schools, use Common Core State Standards as its academic curriculum.  These standards guide instruction and provide continuity across the district and state.  

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The "Summer Slide" is a well researched and documented event that occurs for children.  During summer vacation, the students are not engaged in the typical day-to-day learning activities they experience while in school.  Many of our younger students will lose ground gained during the school year and find their performance a bit lower than the end of the year.  

Here are a few suggestions to keep your child from experiencing the "Summer Slide."  Give these a try!

-Play educational  games

-Attend events at the local library

-Plan educational day trips to museums and historic locations

-Encourage children to conduct and share research

-Develop a "family problem" in which everyone participates

-Research family history and build a family tree

-First and foremost:  READ!!!

Learning in the Social Environment Called School

 The Christmas holidays will end soon, and the children will return to school. This environment is the place where children spend most of their time beside their home and community. It is important that all the adults in the lives of children are aware of the social aspects of school.

Parents should know and understand how their child(ren) interact with their peers and be ready to assist should problems develop. It is pertinent that parents talk to their children and listen or watch for changes in behavior, conversations, or grades. These may be signals that things are not going well at school, either academically or socially.

Many parents ask the question: "What do I do if my child shares that they are not being treated fairly by their peers?" Here are a few recommendations

1. Listen. Do not dismiss your child's comments as if it lacks importance. This is the first request for


2. Get the details. Take notes about what your child is saying.

3. Be supportive. Let your child know that you are in their corner and will help with the situation.

4. Take action.

     A. Contact the school immediately.

     B. Call the teacher or administration to make them aware of what you child shared.

     C. Determine how the school will respond and what you should do next.

5. Monitor your child and continue the conversation.

6. Remain in touch with the school to ensure that this situation is being monitored there as well.

Here is a website that may assist with ideas about how to handle social issues at school, how to help your child and ensure his/her safety.


A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is one of my favorite Christmas movies or books.  It tells a story of redemption and is one of the most famous classic tales.  A Christmas Carol has been filmed by a wide variety of studios and methods.  There are cartoons, plays, and full length films that tell the story of Ebenezer Scrooge.  

Pop a bag of popcorn,  grab a soft drink and enjoy a great movie with your family.  My choice is the original black and white version filmed in 1951.  

Christmas Codebreaker

Sharpen your math skills by solving the facts and finding the right letters to break the code.  Then, write a code and share it with your family.

(To print the page, right click, save image add to a Word document, and print!  You can also right click, copy and paste into a Word document.)


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Music for the Holidays

The Christmas season has beautiful music that has stood the test​ of time and we continue to enjoy it year after year. From "Joy to the World" to "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer," Christmas music adds both fun and worship to our holiday celebrations.  Here are a few songs and a warm fireplace for learning or relaxing at

 t​he end of the school day. Enjoy!

Music and Learning

Sometimes, music playing softly in the background can create a pleasant environment and help children focus on learning.  

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We employ a variety of instructional strategies to meet the needs of our students.  Based on assessment data gathered during instruction, information from school, and parent concerns,  we design a series of research-based activities to address reading comprehension issues.  At Anchor, we don't rely upon a set program or identified groups of activities.  We study your child's reading behaviors, errors, and thinking processes to determine the path of instruction.  

Come to the Anchor and we will discuss in detail how we will address your child's literacy issues.

It's Time to Play

I played tennis when I was younger.  Inspired by the likes of Jimmy Connors, Ile Nastasi, Krissy Everett, Billy Jean King, Arthur Ashe and others, I taught myself to play.  I learned their swing, how to serve, use the double-fisted backhand and how to approach the net from watching TV.   

        Needing someone on the other side of the net, I encouraged my friends and siblings to play with me.  Together, we taught each other a game that was outside what was available in our community.  We walked to the tennis courts across town until we could drive.  There were no coaches to teach us to play, but we learned to play, anyway.  There were no tennis courts.  We used the basketball courts and the street in front of the house.  

     I said that to say this:  Play anyway.  If it's outside the norm but you or your child has an interest:  play anyway.  Watch others and learn from them:  play.  Get involved.  Give it a try.  "Walk across town to the court and play."  

   Help your child take advantage of different opportunities. Take a look at robotics, engineering, building small things, or studying animals.  Find out their interests and help them identify ways to learn more.  Start small with expensive or no cost projects.  PLAY!!!

June 24, 2017

Now is the perfect time for students to rest and relax after a long school year. Playing outside until the lights come on, chasing fireflies or riding bikes with friends on the street are the scenes from my childhood summer vacations.  It's time to play, visit Grandma and Grandpa or go on a family vacation.  

Enjoy your summer!

What do I do when they get bored?

Boredom will set in early after the last day of school. The children are very excited to get out for summer break, but it won't last for long. So, what do you do with bored children? Entertain them or find someone to help with that!

1. Find a camp or a club that your child is interested in attending.

2. Plan a pool party or a backyard gathering with games and activities.

3. Set up a puzzle and gather the children around the table. Give checks or prizes for their work.

4. Organize a water balloon fight and surprise them by throwing balloons yourself! They will enjoy watching mom and dad play with them.

5. Get your children involved in reading. Invite their friends to participate in a neighborhood book club. Provide snacks and invite the other parents to participate.

6. My favorite activity is crafting. Find inexpensive craft items at the local stores and teach the children a new skill.

Pinterest is a great place for ideas to keep children engaged and learning without knowing it!!