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42 "Academics" videos

One key 1st grade reading skill

Did George Washington have wooden teeth — or not? Using a nonfiction text, first graders should be able to find out the truth for themselves.


One key 2nd grade math skill

Your child's addition and subtraction skills this year will help your child with more complex concepts next year.


Carol Dweck on what to do when your child says, "I don't like reading!"

Read between the lines, says Stanford psychologist and Mindset author Carol Dweck. Why? Because kids mean something very different when they object to reading.

The basics of learning to read

This video helps parents of beginning readers understand how a child learns to read, from letters and letter sounds to understanding a story. It explains the five foundational skills of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. It also offers tips on how parents can help their kids practice these skills, and become a better reader. The video is most appropriate for parents of children in preschool and kindergarten.


How to create a love for reading

Helping a child learn about the things she loves can foster a lifelong passion for reading, especially for beginning readers. This video explains how parents of beginning readers should support reading in any form, whether it's a storybook, comic book, or magazine. The video is most appropriate for parents of children in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.


One key 8th grade writing skill

A writer's voice can transform sentences on a page into a well-written narrative. Here's one simple way to help your eighth grader improve their writing by developing their voice.


One key kindergarten math skill

Counting to 100 is more than 1, 2, 3. For kindergartners, it's learning to count by 10s and learning to count on.


One key 1st grade math skill

We've heard math is different under Common Core, but how? One teacher explains how she's teaching kids about numbers differently now — in a way we can all understand.


One key 2nd grade reading skill

Does your child tell (and retell) stories from favorite books? Good news! That's a key reading skill, according to this second grade teacher.

One key 6th grade reading skill

Surprise! This teacher’s description of the new expectations for student reading is nothing like the sixth grade most parents remember.


One key 5th grade reading skill

Want to make sure your fifth grader is ready for sixth grade? This teacher’s simple suggestion may surprise you.


One key 1st grade writing skill

At this age, it may seem like writing is as simple as putting pen to paper, but as this teacher explains, your child is already learning a multi-step writing process.