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Homeschooling Versus Virtual School: What’s the Difference?
July 28, 2020 Blog post Homeschooling Versus Virtual School: What’s the Difference? main image

We’ve already talked a little bit about the touch choices parents will have to make as students prepare to head back to the classroom, whether in person, or online. But one option that many parents are considering in the age of the coronavirus is to homeschool their children. At this point, you might be asking yourself, “is virtual school homeschool?” It’s a great question, too, because many parents may be confused over what makes it different if kids are learning at home under both modes of instruction. This article is meant to lay out the differences. Keep reading to learn more about these options, and points to ponder when making a decision between the two!

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6 Sizzling Summer Activity Ideas for Families During the Quarantine
July 14, 2020 Blog post 6 Sizzling Summer Activity Ideas for Families During the Quarantine main image

With the pandemic still raging across much of the county, it certainly seems that the summer of 2020 has been cancelled. And after months of quarantine, it’s likely that you and your kids are feeling the fatigued of prolonged social distancing. If you’re looking to rejuvenate the last half of your family’s summer, this article will help! Keep reading to find helpful tips to survive the rest of the season and find 6 fun family activities to do before the new school year begins!

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Online Learning or Face-to-Face: A Parent’s Guide to Choosing Your Child’s Education During a Pandemic
July 6, 2020 Blog post Online Learning or Face-to-Face: A Parent’s Guide to Choosing Your Child’s Education During a Pandemic main image

This month or next, many parents around the country will have to make a difficult decision: whether to send their children back to school. Under normal circumstances, this wouldn’t even be a question for most families, but amidst the pandemic, districts across the nation are offering a choice between returning to campus as usual or continuing with online learning. If you’re agonizing about making this important choice, you aren’t alone! This article discusses in depth what parents should consider as they decide between online or face-to-face learning.

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DIY Activities to Teach Kids About Germs
May 11, 2020 Blog post DIY Activities to Teach Kids About Germs main image

It has always been important to teach children about germs and preventing the spread of harmful bacteria and viruses, but considering the ongoing national crisis surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, there has never been a more meaningful time to review handwashing and proper hygiene with kids! But because germs cannot be seen, our little learners sometimes have a tough time grasping the concept or its importance. This article explains how to make it more relatable to kids and shares 4 fabulous DIY experiments for teaching kids about germs!

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Working Parent’s Guide to Online Learning During the Pandemic
May 6, 2020 Blog post Working Parent’s Guide to Online Learning During the Pandemic main image

For many parents, the events surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic have wrought a deleterious effect on family life, work, and schooling. With many parents working remotely, or still traveling to a jobsite as an essential worker, it can seem impossible to support their children’s schooling without them being able to attend class. We know what a challenge this can be for many working parents during these tough times. Read this article to find a parent’s guide to online learning and discover tips to help make it work no matter what.

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How to Motivate Kids to Learn at Home
April 29, 2020 Blog post How to Motivate Kids to Learn at Home main image

We’re facing a time unlike any other that we as a society have ever experienced before. Suddenly, teachers and students are trapped at home, attempting to complete schoolwork without stepping foot inside a classroom. Understandably, it can be hard for kids to concentrate given the stress of the pandemic, and summer is just around the corner. All considered, it’s easy to see why many students might lose the motivation to keep going to finish out the school year. Read this article to find 8 tips for motivating kids to learn, even in the face of this unprecedented time.

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Formative Assessment Best Practices in Distance Learning
April 20, 2020

If you’re like most teachers, you probably would much rather be back in the classroom, effective immediately! Adapting to the challenges of virtual teaching and learning on the fly has been a herculean task for practically everyone involved. By now, most districts and schools have released revised curriculum and plans to finish out the school year, but for many, the question of formative assessment remains: how do we know that the children are still learning? Read this article to learn more about effective formative assessment practices in the online learning environment.

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Online Tools and Offline Ideas to Keep Kids Connected with Friends and Family
April 14, 2020 Blog post Online Tools and Offline Ideas to Keep Kids Connected with Friends and Family main image

With more than two thirds of the country under orders to stay at home, it might be easy to forget that our children might need some additional support. While they might not know exactly what is going on in the world, they do know that their normal routine has been upended. Just like you, the kids also miss seeing their friends, family, neighbors, and teachers while they spend their time socially distanced from others. Make this time a little bit easier for them by planning virtual playdates and spending time outdoors. Read this article to learn about online tools and offline ideas for staying connected throughout the Covid-19 crisis!

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E-Learning Best Practice Tips & Recommendation for Teachers During School Closures
March 31, 2020 Blog post E-Learning Best Practice Tips & Recommendation for Teachers During School Closures main image

Considering the recent outbreak of Covid-19, teachers are finding themselves thrown into uncharted waters. Educators all over the country have been scrambling to rearrange unit plans and lessons, while connecting remotely with students as much as possible.  While many teachers have been learning to implement technology for quite some time, nobody expected to be placed in a position where online learning is the only option, even for the youngest of learners! Times are tough right now, but Kids Academy is here to make it a little bit easier. Read this article to discover more about the benefits of e-learning, as well as tried and true tips for best practices while using your new tech tools. 

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Kids Academy Introduces Interactive Quizzes
March 31, 2020

Kids Academy is proud to announce a brand-new feature within our Talented and Gifted program that brings both teachers and parents a powerful new tool for both assessment and remediation. Tailored for our Mathematical Practice class for Pre-K and Grade K, our new interactive quizzes can revolutionize your virtual classroom or home learning with the feedback needed to close learning gaps in math. 

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