This text aims to help parents help their children to develop the core skills they need to do well in their classes and to perform at grade level on standardized tests. Mathematics and reading comprehension are the two most important areas where children must learn mastery, and they are also those where students struggle most to attain competance. These targeted books provide expert techniques and practice exercises to bring performance up to speed on state-mandated tests. Regular explanations link the skills in each chapter to the relevance to standardized tests and include practice questions of the type used on the tests.
Sandy McConnell received her B.S. and M.A. degrees in education from Shippensburg University and her Principal Certification from Penn State University. She serves on the Lebanon-Lancaster IU 13 Math Committee and presents math manipulative workshops to educators. She has been in education for 21 years, 14 of which have been as a first grade teacher. Series editor Carol Turkington is a health writer, specializing in developmental psychology. She has been a medical writer at Duke University Medical Center, and spent five years as senior writer and editor in clinical and developmental psychology at the American Psychological Association, in Washington, DC. She has published many articles on parenting and health in national publications including Parents, Psychology Today, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, and the New York Times.