When it comes to critical thinking for kids, it’s important to remember that analytical thinkers aren’t suddenly created in kindergarten! Many parents and perhaps teachers may worry how today’s increasingly tougher curriculum standards can be taught when our children are hardly ready to think critically on their own. But as the popular saying goes, it’s about the journey, not just the destination! Read this article to learn more about what critical thinking looks like at the elementary level, and what parents and educators can do to help children develop the mindset needed for deep analytical thinking!
Teachers today know that the days of lecturing in front of students all day are long gone, as new technology in education has taken school districts by storm! This article discusses the hottest topic in the educational world: blended learning. Keep reading to learn about what it is, the methodology behind the concept, and strategies for implementing blended learning into your classroom or homeschool.
School might be out of session for the summer, but in just a couple of months the never-ending debate over homework will heat up once again as children return to the classroom. Across the country, students, parents, and even teachers are asking more than ever before the same contentious question: why is homework important? With many school districts ending home-based assignments at the elementary level, it might seem that homework is no longer needed. Let’s take a look at both sides of the argument in this next article that explores the usefulness and effectiveness of homework for all ages.
Imagine being a young child and arriving in a new country without knowing a word of the language. It sounds scary, doesn’t it? For educators, teaching English as a second language to children comes with various pitfalls and challenges, many of which fall outside the control of a school. Luckily there are specific techniques and tricks that can be used to reach and teach English language learners. Keep reading to find an in-depth introduction to teaching ESL including tips for parents and teachers alike!
As an adult, it’s only natural for us to seek out the information that we want to learn using the internet, books, or data. Even so, for many decades, students have been taught in classrooms with the idea that teachers simply impart information into a child’s brain. Luckily years of research have revealed that these methods are outdated, and new strategies, like inquiry-based learning, are much more motivating and rewarding for kids. No matter if you’re a teacher or a parent, it’s easy to incorporate inquiry-based activities into your student’s learning routine. Keep reading to learn more about this intriguing learning method and strategies to use in your home or classroom!
Some think rewards are band aids, serving as just another way for parents to control or influence kids’ behavior. Others think rewards can be used as a tool for learning. To look at the role of rewards in a child’s development, one must understand reward systems, and how to implement them in a way that isn’t simply bribery. Keep reading to find out how an effective rewards system can advance your child’s learning.
One of the greatest challenges of parenting school-aged kids is trying to engage the unengaged. This can lead to a frustrating cycle, causing strife for both parent and child. Here’s an article to address one of childhood’s most pressing issues: motivating the reluctant learners. Keep reading to find strategies to engage kids who are seemingly indifferent to learning.
School is almost back in session, but for some kids making the transition back to the classroom can be an arduous task. If you have any concerns whatsoever about your child’s transition from summer to school, this article will offer helpful advice that responds to a wide range of special needs.
Have you ever thought that your child is different than others? If your child seems to know things that other children just don’t understand, then you may be raising a gifted child. When so many kids out there need help to catch up with peers, giftedness often goes overlooked or under supported. At risk for underachievement, gifted kids need support too! The following article focuses on how to recognized giftedness in your child and how best to support your budding whiz kid.
We all want our children to succeed in school. In fact, most of us spend a lot of time teaching our kids the alphabet, numbers, shapes, and colors, all needed for preschool and beyond. But did you know that there’s more to education than just academic skills? Nonacademic skills are those that we don’t often think about, but are critical to our kids’ development.