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Step-by-step Guide to A Child's Success in Multiplication

Feb. 23, 2024

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Dive into the world of multiplication mastery with our comprehensive guide! From understanding arrays to exploring skip counting and the commutative property, we've got you covered. With visual representations, engaging activities, and interactive worksheets, teaching multiplication becomes an adventure of discovery for children. Explore patterns within the multiplication table and harness technology for dynamic learning experiences. Foster peer learning through collaborative activities, making multiplication a social and enjoyable journey. Whether it's teaching arrays in second grade or mastering multiplication facts in third grade, our article provides the tools and resources to make learning fun and accessible. Join us as we inspire growth and unlock the potential of multiplication for lifelong learning opportunities.

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A Teacher’s Guide to Kids Academy Classroom

Feb. 21, 2024

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For teachers, learning about a new tech or app can be daunting with their ever-growing workload and with what little time they have for lesson planning. However, Kids Academy Classroom makes it as simple as possible to integrate this cutting-edge new tool into their lessons with ease. Classroom is an innovative online space that allows K-3 educators to easily share learning activities directly with their students. With Classroom, teachers have Kids Academy’s expansive library of resources at their fingertips…and can share them with a single click!

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Teaching Word Blending to Early Readers

Feb. 15, 2024

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The skill of blending involves smoothly combining individual sounds represented by letters to form words. This part of phonics is essential for decoding words and is a key component of early reading fluency. To be able to blend sounds successfully, children first need to have a strong understanding of consonant sounds as well as short and long vowel sounds. Once your reader has become fluent in the sounds that each letter makes, they are ready to blend those sounds into words! In these article, an experienced elementary teacher is sharing working strategies that can be done with beginning readers to foster their love of reading and build their blending capabilities.

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Kids Academy Presents New Learning Solutions for 2024

Feb. 8, 2024

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Here at Kids Academy, we’re constantly striving to provide families and teachers with innovative new education solutions that make life simpler while also making learning more fun. That’s why we’re so excited to announce our brand-new products! From a new standards-based lesson section to a wide variety of interactive assessment options, we’re beefing up our website and adding a parent and teacher portal to make all our content readily available from any web browser, no app required! Keep reading to learn what amazing new features we're offering our users in 2024!

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by Jorezza Antonio (Behavioral Therapist)

Critical Thinking and Pseudoscience

Feb. 8, 2024

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In this article, we will discuss critical thinking, pseudoscience and ways to strengthen children’s critical thinking skills. If you want to learn more on critical thinking skills, you may read the first article here in the Kids Academy website.

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Turn Screen Time into Growth Time with Kids Academy

Feb. 8, 2024

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Think back to your earliest childhood memories; how did you spend your time? Unlike today’s kids, your memories likely don’t include playing for hours on your parent’s smartphones. By contrast, modern children are considered digital “natives”, meaning that from the moment of birth they live in an environment where the use of mobile devices and the Internet is the norm.

This new normality poses new questions and challenges to parents and teachers. The former may be wondering how to make the most of their kids’ screen time to ensure that they have the best balance of online and offscreen activities. While for the latter it’s natural to be wary of incorporating screen devices into the classroom, especially with the already limited time within a school day.   

Luckily, high-quality digital learning tools can help both parents and teachers make the best out of their kids’ and students’ time with screens. Thanks to highly engaging elements, such as interactive apps, games, and videos, online content enhances the learning process by making it playful and fun. Whether at home or in the classroom, screen time offers a dynamic and engaging educational experience that prepares kids for navigating today’s technology-driven world. 

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by Alison Carter (Play Based Educator, ESL Teacher, Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Pilates Teacher, Journalist and Writer)

Black History Month - A Time to Celebrate

Feb. 7, 2024

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Black History Month is a dedicated time span to remember, celebrate and learn about African American history in the US. Originally established in 1970, Black History Month coincides with the birthday month of the infamous Abraham Lincoln, who was the American president who abolished slavery, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who campaigned for the ending of slavery. 

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The Story of Nelson Mandela, a Real-Life Superhero

Jan. 30, 2024

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Ever heard of a real-life superhero for the African community named Nelson Mandela? Well, every year on July 18th, we celebrate Mandela Day, honoring this amazing man and his extraordinary life. Nelson Mandela was a fighter for human rights who stood up against apartheid, a system of severe racial segregation in South Africa. In this article, we will dive into the story of Nelson Mandela.

“Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful country will once more suffer the tyranny of one over another!” Nelson Mandela proclaimed these words in 1994 during his first speech as President of South Africa. He became a shining beacon for those fighting for fairness and freedom around the world.

But what did he actually do?

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Teaching Children About Road Safety and Signs

Jan. 23, 2024

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As soon as kids can play outside, parents teach them to stay away from the street, and when older to look both ways before crossing. These common-sense steps are vital for children to learn the bare basics of road safety, but do not go nearly far enough to keep them safe. When playing outside, they are exposed to a plethora of hazards that vary based on the neighborhood and community. Not only is it important for them to look both ways before crossing a road, but it can be lifesaving to know where appropriate places to cross are located.

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Creative Ideas for Preschool Sorting and Matching Activities

Dec. 19, 2023

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Sorting and matching activities serve such an integral role in a child’s early learning that parents, caregivers, and early childhood teachers should offer plenty of fun opportunities of varying complexity as kids grow older. But there’s only so many toys parents can buy. Luckily ideas for sorting and matching games don’t have to be bought; they can be created using items you already have around the house and learning can be reinforced and assessed using free matching and sorting resources from Kids Academy! Join us as we explore exciting options to incorporate more sorting and matching fun into your child’s learning.

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