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NE Ohio Takes Top Honors in Child Education, Challenges Still Exist

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

In a recent article on, educators are applauding the efforts of school districts in Northeast Ohio. The students scored very high on Ohio State's report cards. However, the Cleveland and several other surrounding school districts didn't fare so well. In fact, they scored near the bottom of all of the schools in Ohio.

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Topics: early learning, academic standards, education

Practice “Chunks” for Early Reading Skills

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 @ 11:27 AM

Chunking may sound like a term more applicable to a music class, but it's actually a concept that can help your child learn to read. Breaking words down into chunks makes them easier to recognize and sound out.

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Topics: keeping your toddler reading, fun ways to read, child activities, academic standards

Teaching Your Children to Have Fun with Math at Home

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Apr 04, 2014 @ 11:19 AM

Helping your child develop basic math concepts at an early age is as important as reading in preparing your toddler or preschooler for future academic success (see our previous post). Opportunities to teach and practice math skills abound in daily activities. Young children love to measure, count, sort and problem-solve -- the four basic building blocks of math. Incorporating these activities into your child’s everyday life will help him or her build a strong foundation for higher level math concepts and, just as important, discover that math can be fun!

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Topics: Childcare, child development, child activities, academic standards

Math Is as Important as Reading for Young Children

Posted by David Smith on Thu, Apr 03, 2014 @ 10:50 AM

In preparing Lorain County toddlers and preschoolers for later academic success, most parents understand the importance of reading; but studies show that math may be an even more important predictor of scholastic success than reading. Math skills are an essential component of everyday living, particularly for today’s children who are growing up in a technology-driven world where math-based computing and engineering skills are already driving the job market.

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Topics: child development, academic standards, math

ODE Early Learning Standards for Children - What Are They

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Jun 22, 2012 @ 08:07 AM

Early learning is essential for our kids to get ahead and plan for academic success. A sure fire road to a good academic career is by implementation of a strong foundation and creating a thirst to learn. In Ohio, parents and teachers are working together to help our kids succeed through the ODE (Ohio Department of Education) and early learning standards.

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Topics: early learning, academic standards, Ohio Department of Education



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