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.
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.
In the past few decades, educators have learned a lot about how students learn best. One important consideration is the learning environment itself. Gone are the days of desks lined up in a row, all facing the teacher in the center of the room. Today, teachers are moving towards designing a classroom for 21st century learning. This article explores the essential ingredients that should go into making a modern and relevant classroom. Keep reading to find exciting new ideas to give your room a face lift!
For generations, students in America have been accustomed to receiving letter grades for their schoolwork. Most kids and parents have come to accept that letter grades from A-F measure a student’s success in a subject. But do those grades truly reveal the whole story behind a child’s proficiency? Many educational experts now think the answer is a resounding no! A new grading system has been sweeping the country, and it uses the best practices in grading and assessment to support student learning. Keep reading to find out more about Standards-Based Grading, or SBG, and discover how it benefits students, parents, and teachers.
February 29th only comes around once every four years, meaning this might be the first leap year in your child’s or students’ memories! Don’t let this leap year come and go without turning it into a unique learning experience filled with fascinating facts and fun-filled games or crafts. Read this article to discover more about this amazing extra calendar day and find four fabulous ideas for exciting leap year activities!
Sometimes it seems that everyone has different ideas when it comes to teaching character in school. Some believe that parents should be solely responsible for teaching morality and ethical values, while others think districts should include it in the curriculum, too. The truth is that character education has been an important facet of our educational system dating back to our founding fathers! Keep reading to learn more about character education in schools, and to find ways to support character growth in your classroom.
In America, Black History Month serves as an excellent time to study the many historical contributions and accomplishments of notable African Americans. It’s especially important that our little learners understand the history as they grow older since our youngest citizens will one day be in charge. Whether you’re a teacher or a parent, read this article to learn more about the importance of celebrating Black History Month with kids, and find ways to honor it both at home and in the classroom!
Learning that your child has a disability can be lifechanging for many families, especially as they navigate through the scary world of planning their future. What school will she attend? How will he go to college and get a job? Will she ever learn to talk? These are just a few of the questions that parents agonize with after an autism diagnosis. Thankfully, there are many educational options for children who need support once they enter school.
There’s no denying it: in America, it’s all too often that failure is looked down upon and viewed negatively by others. This is never more prevalent than in school, where low grades are considered “bad”, and high grades are considered “good”. In fact, kids are often rewarded for good grades, and admonished for bad ones. It’s no wonder why students are so afraid to fail in the classroom! Read this article to discover a fresh take on failure-focused learning, where learning through mistakes is mandatory. Then, find 4 solid strategies to help children embrace error in the classroom to become capable and confident learners!
When your child is bored at school, it could seem impossible to reignite their previous curiosity and love for learning. For teachers, it’s common problem that strikes kids from elementary through high school, and it can seem just as hopeless an endeavor as it seems for parents. But like in anything else, there are many reasons for why it occurs, and just as many ways to tackle the problem. Read this article to find out why kids get bored with school, and how to make learning more meaningful and enjoyable!