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6 Educational Activities and Crafts to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

March 15, 2021

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In America, St. Patrick’s Day is ordinarily celebrated with parades and everything green! While it’s not considered a major holiday in the states, it still serves as an excellent opportunity to learn about Irish culture and history. Turn this fun day into a learning experience with easy and educational St. Patrick’s Day activities for kids! Keep reading to learn more about this exciting day, and to find 6 sensational ideas to share with your kids or students at home or in the classroom!

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Rethinking Homework for Remote Learning

March 10, 2021

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Even before the pandemic, reducing or even eliminating homework has been a subject up for debate in both teachers and parents. Now that many classrooms have pivoted to online learning, it has again become a controversial subject. Understandably, homework poses unique challenges in the online learning environment, when there isn’t very much to separate home versus classwork. Read this article to discover how rethinking homework might be necessary and explore 5 strategies for creating successful assignments geared toward online learning environment.

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Best Read-Aloud Chapter Books for Pre-K through Grade 3 (Part I)

March 3, 2021

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When teaching your child to read, you probably haven’t given much thought to chapter books. When we’re busy helping kids decode words, and read sentences, we might fall into the trap that longer books are only for older children. But if you think about it, one of the most important missions in teaching kids to read is to plant the seeds for enjoyment. Reading should be fun, and chapter books can immerse your child in the world of the story! 

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Winning Remote Learning Strategies for Teaching Kids with ADHD

March 2, 2021

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Most of us already know that students with attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD) make up an increasing population in today’s classroom. Many of these special kiddos require hands-on approaches and accommodations that rely on being in a physical classroom. So, what can teachers do to support these kids when many classes are taking place online? Read this article! 

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The Impact of Learning Chess on Math Skills

Feb. 25, 2021

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Here at Kids Academy, we love to talk about the many benefits of teaching children to play chess! We’ve already written about how learning to play can pay off in the form of academic success, but did you know that it can directly impact your child’s math skills in a multitude of positive ways? Read this article to discover the amazing chess and math connection and explore how teaching your kids can both directly and indirectly improve their math skills and performance.

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Using Gamified Quizzes to Improve Student Learning

Feb. 15, 2021

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Teaching and learning has changed quite a bit over the years, with the addition of gamified learning now taking center stage in classrooms across the country. The concept of gamified quizzes helps to inspire increased academic engagement and motivation to improve learning outcomes because it turns boring in-class activities into exciting games. Read this article to learn more about enhancing the effectiveness of your lessons and units by integrating gamified quizzes using interactive apps!

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Ways to Celebrate Black History Month with Kids

Feb. 8, 2021

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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! 

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The 5 Best Chess Books for Kids

Feb. 8, 2021

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In previous articles, we have talked quite a bit about the plethora of amazing online apps available for teaching kids how to play chess. While there are truly amazing resources on the web for kids to learn and practice the game, nothing can replace the level and quality of learning a child can glean from reading a book! Read this article to explore our list of the top book titles from renowned authors that will transform your little chess player from beginner to master!

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Reducing Screen Time when School is Online: Tips for Making Screen Time Count

Feb. 1, 2021

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It’s no secret that the amount of time kids spend on screens have jumped since the start of the pandemic. At the same time, parents and teachers are haunted by pre-pandemic warnings to reduce time spent on technology, especially for young children who are at risk for becoming overweight. So, what are parents and teachers to do when this year many schools across the country are taught online? Keep reading to find out how to reduce screen time and balance it with other activities, even during online learning.

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The Benefits of Teaching Kids Chess Game Before Kindergarten

Jan. 26, 2021

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If you’re like many parents, you might have signed your kids up for activities such as dance, music lessons, or sports. But what about chess? This ancient game might at first glance seem too difficult for young learners to master, but in fact even preschoolers can start to play. Studies show that the benefits of chess for kids are long-ranging and multifaceted. This article explores what the research has to say about starting kids on chess before they even start school!

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