Lifestyle: Raising Smart Kids Is Simple Fun!


For today's post, we have a special Guest Writer!
He's one of my blog's longtime followers, so you may
recognize the name of MikeB, and he is our guest writer today!
He wants to let you know about a very special  teacher
and her website, one that helps parents and teachers work
together to help young children to get a great start on a
lifetime love of learning! I'm very happy to have him share with us!

                                      Meet Educator Kelli Pearson
Her website is SmartFirstGraders.com .
It is designed primarily to assist parents of first graders
to help their first graders learn and become good students.
When I was young, I used to love reading a feature in Reader’s Digest magazine called The Most Unforgettable Character I’ve Ever Met. Some of these “characters” were famous, others were not, but I always enjoyed learning about them.
Over the years, I’ve met a few unforgettable characters of my own—ordinary people who impressed me with their meaningful contributions. One of these people is Kelli Pearson—or Miss Kelli, as I knew her when I began volunteering over nine years ago as a homework tutor in an exciting after school program at a community learning center in my hometown.
At the time, Kelli was the director of the K-5 program at the center. I watched as she taught and engaged kids, introducing them to the fun of learning. She also had a knack for handling difficult situations, making the environment a welcoming and safe place for children. I was impressed not just by her ability to teach kids, but to reach kids. Now that reach extends farther than ever before. Earlier this year, Kelli launched www.SmartFirstGraders.com, a web site devoted to making learning fun for kids. While plenty of teachers find exciting ideas here, Kelli’s main goal is to give parents ideas for helping their kids learn.
Since kids have a way of resisting being taught by mom or dad, the web site’s learning activities feel more like play than work. Who would have thought that playing card games, making bubbles, going on scavenger hunts and baking cookies could be used to teach math and science? But it works, and kids love it. I know because I have used some of Ms. Kelli’s ideas with my young grandson.
Success in first grade sets the stage for young kids to develop into good students, and what better way to do this than by making learning fun. With the help Kelli offers on www.smartfirstgraders.com, parents can help their first graders reach this goal.
From articles on fine motor skills to tips on how to deal with bullies and mean kids at school, from cool science experiments to lists of classic books for first graders, www.smartfirstgraders.com is a valuable resource for parents and teachers on math, science, reading, child development, and more.
I am happy to call Kelli both colleague and friend. She taught me how to reach kids on their level, and this has made me a better tutor. If you have a first grader and want to give your child a learning boost while you and your child have a great time together, check out this site. (You can say you heard about it from Mike B!) 

Thank you, MikeB for writing an informative post and introducing us to the wonderful Miss Kelli!!

4 comments

  1. Thanks, Stephanie, for allowing me to be your guest writer. And thanks, too, for your wonderful introduction to my article. I am thrilled to see this article on the web (a first for me!). More importantly, I am happy to have had your help in letting your followers know about Ms. Kelli and her wonderful web site. I hope those of your followers who have, or know of others who have, first graders, will benefit from checking out www.SmartFirstGraders.com. Those who look at the web site can see a list of all the pages on learning and other important topics by clicking on SITE MAP under the OTHER RANDOM PAGES section of Ms. Kelli's contents list. I am so excited that I am going to email Ms. Kelli now and tell her to check out your blog to see the article. She will be delighted. Thank you again for your kindness, Stephanie.

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  2. Dear MikeB, you are welcome! My pleasure to help someone who has taken the initiative to make positive change that can last an entire lifetime!

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  3. Thanks MikeB and Stephanie for teaming up to post this lovely article about my site. (It makes me feel all scuffly-feet and aww-shucks inside.) I really am passionate about helping kids become joyful, creative thinkers, and I so appreciate you helping me spread the word to folks who can use this resource. And am happy to have been introduced to your blog, which is just gorgeous, by the way!

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  4. Greetings Ms Kelli!
    You are quite deserving of praise! As any dedicated and passionate teacher is, in my opinion! Thank you for what you do. It was our pleasure (MikeB and mine) to let people know about you and your excellent resource site. It was fun, and I hope it helps. You are welcome any time to share a post here, as you are another person creating pocitive change in the world! And happy to know you like my blog, too thank you!

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