Tools For Your Toolbox

Contributor: Arlene Birt | File type : Blog Post

In this long stretch from beginning of the school year to Thanksgiving, the “honeymoon” is over. Here are some tools or ideas that can equip you to keep going. It’s not fair! “That’s n... Read More

Using Geoboards to Support Literacy

Contributor: Brianna Martin | Length : 3 | File type : Video

Geoboards have proven helpful in teaching math skills and geometry concepts. Brianna Martin says that geoboard practice also enables first graders at Pleasant Valley Mennonite School to succeed more... Read More

Raising Children Who Love to Read

Contributor: Shari Zook | File type : Blog Post

When my son was four years old, he read his first chapter book alone: Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims. I did not know how much of it he could understand, but when the ending made him feel sad, I t... Read More

Preschool Checklist

Contributor: Randall Yoder | File type : Document

This document offers parents a way to assess their child's readiness for school. Your school may wish to adapt this list and share it with the parents of future students.Download this document no... Read More

Preparing the Preschooler for First Grade

Contributor: Randall Yoder | File type : Document

How should parents get their child ready to go to school? This document gives a range of readiness targets from cheerful obedience to jumping rope. Your school may wish to adapt this list and share it... Read More

A Math Teaching Aid: How to String Counting Beads

Contributor: Lucinda J Miller | File type : Blog Post

As a former elementary grade teacher, at the end of a school year, I would often send summer math drills home with my first graders, along with a recommendation to do lots of reading over vacation t... Read More

Laying a Solid Pre-School Foundation

Contributor: Jonas Sauder | File type : Document

How should parents prepare their children for school (and life in general)? How does a school assess whether a child is ready to enroll in first grade? Jonas offers this list of preparation goals. ... Read More

Good Medicine

Contributor: Arlene Birt | File type : Blog Post

It seems all teachers are very busy right now, going to meetings and workshops, working on lesson plans and objectives, grading papers, and coaching.Let’s just slow down and chat about non-s... Read More

Myths about Dyslexia

Contributor: Lynell Nissley | File type : Blog Post

Students with dyslexia see things backwards. This is the most common myth about dyslexia—that something is wrong with the eyes or the vision portion of the brain.  While legitimate vision problems... Read More

Little People

Contributor: Arlene Birt | File type : Blog Post

We named our teacher team "Little People."  We chose this name because we teach the little people and because we want to be little people in our humility, in our attitudes, and in our perspective... Read More