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Imagine Learning Teaches Figurative Language

  Sleep like a rock Light as a feather Cream of the crop As big as a bus     The above phrases are examples of figurative language, all of which are commonly used in day-to-day English. Any student--especially any English language learner--can struggle with such figurative speech, particularly when the implied meaning (i.e., idiom) does not translate to the student's first language. The concept of figurative language is also difficult for struggling readers to understand, but all students need to be able to identify and use it in reading and conversation.
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Slowing the "summer slide"

You may have noticed that some students seem to lose academic ground over the summer break. Well, you’re right. This phenomenon, sometimes referred to as the “summer slide,” can indeed affect student achievement levels in the fall. In fact, some students lose up to three months of reading achievement over the course of one summer. But while you may already be familiar with the affect summer sliding can have on student achievement levels, have you ever wondered how to stave off those summer learning losses?
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Hitting high notes with English learners

Have you ever noticed how the perfect song can make a bad day good or a good day great? It’s funny how powerful music can be when it comes to giving us a boost of energy or helping us relax. But the power of music goes deeper than energizing or setting a mood.  Music has been proven to have incredible benefits as a teaching tool, especially for struggling students.
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From teacher to parent

Sending your child to school for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience. For Yanel Morales it was no exception. Like all mothers, she wanted her daughter to leave Kindergarten knowing how to read. But unlike most mothers, Yanel had some insider information to give her confidence. Her daughter Megan would be attending the same school where Yanel taught, using the same successful program Yanel's students used.
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