November 14, 2018

One of the best tools I use for vocabulary development when teaching English as a second language are picture books. This includes older children! 

Picture books, like all books, enrich vocabulary. More than television or listening to speech. One reason is that books ar...

October 17, 2018

About a month ago we shared a fascinating article with you about how teachers are not being trained to teach reading!

The article rightly points out that all the brain research that has been done regarding reading too often does not match up to how teachers are taught t...

July 25, 2018

Some children - people - enjoy mysteries and figuring out the whodunit part. Others enjoy the thrill of it. Here are the most popular Mystery series I know:

1) A-Z Mysteries - 26 early chapter books of three quirky friends solving mysteries in the alphabetical order....

June 6, 2018

Are you a non-fiction enthusiast? Or maybe after reading this column, you are looking for non-fiction books to entice your son. Here are our top non-fiction picks for all ages:

1) National Geographic Readers Series are fantastic for early readers! Books on all sorts of...

June 21, 2017

Dear Gaila,

In the past Dear Gaila columns you offered great suggestions for encouraging writing in English at home (see part I and part II). I would like to hear suggestions for a classroom. I have a challenging group with very weak writing skills. How can I strengthen...

April 19, 2017

Dear Gaila,

Before Pesach my son's teacher suggested that we work on his writing skills. Pesach vacation is already halfway over and all my encouragements to get him writing have fallen flatter than a piece of matzah. Please help me out here before my son goes back to s...

April 5, 2017

Dear Gaila,

Pesach is almost here and I would like to get English Jewish literature as afikoman presents for my children. What do you recommend?

A Jewish Mom in Israel

Dear Jewish Mom,

The answer for that really depends on the level of reading and the intensity of Judaism...