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Writing to Understand: A Learning Partner’s Journey

Writing to Understand: A Learning Partner’s Journey

Did you know that Learning Partner Jessica Gonzalez is also a published author? Her book, Luna, Yes! Luna, Sí! draws from memories of her childhood growing up with a younger sister who has autism.
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Learning to Read Part 3
Learning to Read: The Building Blocks (It's Probably Not What You Think!)
I was surprised when I learned how important it is to identify the first sound (not letter!) in a word. This is actually one of the most important skills for becoming a successful reader!
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Make Reading More Appetizing with a Book Menu!
Make Reading More Appetizing with a Book Menu!
What makes dining at a restaurant so exciting? Choosing whatever you want from the menu! If your child’s having trouble finding a palatable book, recreate this fun experience at home with a Book Menu!
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Grade Skipping: Is it Right for my Child?
Grade Skipping: Is it Right for my Child?
The latest research brings new light to the social-emotional implications of skipping a grade level. For families weighing this decision, there are some important questions to consider.
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Lattice Multiplication Explained
Lattice Multiplication Explained
Did your child bring home a page of multi-digit multiplication practice? No fear! We break down the lattice multiplication method in a few easy steps.
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 4 Strategies for helping your child ease anxiety
Helping your child ease anxiety
A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that anxiety in youth has doubled compared to pre-pandemic levels.
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Free Valentine's Printable
Fall in love with these free Valentine's printables.
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Books to nurture a growth mindset
Five Picture Books to Nurture a Growth Mindset
Helping children approach challenges with an open mind, focusing on the process over the end-result, helps foster longer-term motivation, perseverance, and resilience.
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Learning to Read Part 2
What Everyone Should Know About Learning to Read
Research shows that learning to read starts with sounds. Hearing, understanding, and playing with sounds and patterns in spoken language is an important skill.
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Learning to Read Part 3
Learning to Read: The Building Blocks (It's Probably Not What You Think!)
I was surprised when I learned how important it is to identify the first sound (not letter!) in a word. This is actually one of the most important skills for becoming a successful reader!
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Books to nurture a growth mindset
Five Picture Books to Nurture a Growth Mindset
Helping children approach challenges with an open mind, focusing on the process over the end-result, helps foster longer-term motivation, perseverance, and resilience.
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Learning to Read Part 2
What Everyone Should Know About Learning to Read
Research shows that learning to read starts with sounds. Hearing, understanding, and playing with sounds and patterns in spoken language is an important skill.
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Learning to Read Part 1
Learning to Read Starts Before You Ever Open a Book
Did you know that learning to read starts with your ears? Hearing sounds in language is a key part in learning to read. Research tells us kids should hear 20,000 words each day!
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Winter Reads for Every Age
Winter Reads for Every Age
Grab the cocoa or spiced cider and cozy up with some of our favorite winter reads!
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8 Entertaining Book Series for 3rd Grade Readers
Save this list for the next time you and your 3rd grader hit the stacks at your local library or school!
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Feeling Frustrated With a Reluctant Reader?
Try these simple tips and tricks to engage and motivate your young reader.
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8 Book Series Your 4th Grader Will Love
Convincing your 4th grader to read each day can seem daunting. As a parent the to-do lists are never-ending, and adding a task as important as daily reading can be overwhelming — but I have good news!
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Student Spotlight Bansho Blog
Learning How to Write with Clarity While Being True to Your Unique Voice
I had the wonderful opportunity of working with Michelle and her 6th grade son, Marcus, on one of the most difficult, yet most in-demand life skills—writing!
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6 Ways To Have Summer Fun and Guide Your Child Toward Better, Braver Writing
Summer is the perfect season for reflection, and reflection is the perfect starting point for writing. Help your child become a better, braver writer this summer with these 6 activities.
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A 6th Grade Writer’s Journey: Building Creativity and Confidence
I had the pleasure of working with Jen and her 6th-grade son, Zac, on a challenge that many middle schoolers face - becoming a skilled writer!
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Lattice Multiplication Explained
Lattice Multiplication Explained
Did your child bring home a page of multi-digit multiplication practice? No fear! We break down the lattice multiplication method in a few easy steps.
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12 Activities for Promoting Number Sense
12 Activities for Promoting Number Sense at Home
Number sense—understanding, relating, and connecting numbers—is critical to the mathematical development of all children.
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Four Ways to Build Number Sense
Number sense can be built in numerous ways, but here at Bansho, we think the best way of learning is through fun! Check out the following ways to actively engage your child in building number sense.
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Outdoor Activities that Develop Foundational Math Skills
4 Outdoor Activities that Develop Foundational Math Skills
Temperatures are rising and spring is in the air. This is the perfect time to go outside, explore, and use nature as a teaching tool!
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Outdoor Science Experiments
It’s time to get out and about - summer isn't over quite yet! While enjoying the outdoors, why not engage in some fun science activities?
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Science Movie Night
Learning about science can take you beyond just reading books. Grab some popcorn and check out one of these 10 science-related flicks!
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Five Tips for your Family to Act & Advocate for our Planet!
For families, climate change can be a difficult and scary subject to approach! Earth Day is a great opportunity to talk about the state of our planet with your kids!
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 4 Strategies for helping your child ease anxiety
Helping your child ease anxiety
A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that anxiety in youth has doubled compared to pre-pandemic levels.
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 4 Strategies for Helping Students with ADHD Focus
4 Strategies to Help Students with ADHD Focus
Lack of focus, impulsivity, and working memory challenges associated with ADHD can impact students’ performance academically and socially. Here are our top 4 strategies to help students regain focus.
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World Kindness Day
10 Ideas for Teaching Kindness
Please join Bansho in celebrating World Kindness Day 2021! Here are 10 ideas for teaching, nurturing, and inspiring kindness in children of all ages.
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Writing to Understand: A Learning Partner’s Journey
Writing to Understand: A Learning Partner’s Journey
Did you know that Learning Partner Jessica Gonzalez is also a published author? Her book, Luna, Yes! Luna, Sí! draws from memories of her childhood growing up with a younger sister who has autism.
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Make Reading More Appetizing with a Book Menu!
Make Reading More Appetizing with a Book Menu!
What makes dining at a restaurant so exciting? Choosing whatever you want from the menu! If your child’s having trouble finding a palatable book, recreate this fun experience at home with a Book Menu!
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Grade Skipping: Is it Right for my Child?
Grade Skipping: Is it Right for my Child?
The latest research brings new light to the social-emotional implications of skipping a grade level. For families weighing this decision, there are some important questions to consider.
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Free Valentine's Printable
Fall in love with these free Valentine's printables.
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COVID learning loss
Closing the COVID Learning Loss Gap
With the rise of Omicron, many schools across North America are opting for a return to remote learning for the first weeks of January 2022.
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Mindfulness Activities for Any Age
Everyone experiences moments when they need to re-center and focus on the present! Here are 3 quick mindfulness activities your family can try anytime, anywhere, to decompress.
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Free Halloween Printable
Get ready for a Halloween treat! Give Bansho the fox a spooky costume, craft a scary story, find the hidden words, and more with our free Halloween activity printable.
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4 Things You Can Do to Get the Most Out of Your Parent-Teacher Conference
Parent-teacher conferences are a great way to establish a collaborative relationship with your child’s teacher and gain insight into how your child’s school year is going so far.
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10 Tips for a Successful Learning Session
Set your student up for success with these simple (yet important) suggestions!
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Meet Karli: Learning Partner Q&A
Karli has been teaching and working with kids for over 15 years! She loves to teach reading and to find new, creative ways for each of her students to learn.
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Meet Khalid: Learning Partner Q&A
Khalid brings years of experience to the Learning Partner Team! He has a Master's in Math Education and loves to build confidence in kids who are struggling with math.
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Meet Andrea: Learning Partner Q&A
From fractions to geometry to algebra, Andrea's one of the math whizzes here at Bansho! She taught high school math for 10 years in the classroom but has worked with students at all levels.
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Meet Mr. Stella: Learning Partner Q&A
Mr. Stella started his teaching career as a wrestling coach for high school and college students. He enjoyed it so much that he decided to become an elementary school teacher too!
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Meet Allison: Learning Partner Q&A!
Allison has been with Bansho since September 2020. You may recognize her from her elementary science Bansho lessons! Let’s learn more about Allison with a fun Q and A!
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