5 Offbeat Physical Science Experiments for Beginners

Nov. 13, 2018

If you’re looking for new science experiments to challenge your early learners, you might not have considered delving into the challenging world of physical science! Believe it or not, your child is ready to learn the basics of physics, priming them for future scientific discovery and learning! Keep reading to find 5 simple physics activities perfect for elementary learners! 

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A Parent’s Role in Early Literacy Education

Nov. 12, 2018

While most kids don’t learn to read until kindergarten, many others are reading sight words and decoding words as early as 3 or 4 years old! That’s because a parent is every child’s most important teacher. A parent’s role is critical in a child’s future academic success, particularly when it comes to early literacy development. This article discusses the importance of parental involvement in fostering early reading and writing skills, and offers 8 reading strategies to use with your child. 

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Inquiry-Based Learning: Benefits and Strategies for Young Learners

Nov. 11, 2018

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 Luckily years of research have revealed that these methods are outdated, and new strategies, like inquiry-based learning, are much more motivating and rewarding for kids.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!

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Teaching Mental Math: Ideas and Activities

Nov. 9, 2018

Without even realizing it, we use mental math in our everyday lives for a variety of ordinary tasks. If it weren’t for mental math, many daily activities would be difficult, from estimating the cost of our purchases, to keeping track of items or objects. Foster your child’s mental math development by incorporating simple mental math strategies in his or her learning routine. Keep reading to discover fun ways to practice mental math with your early learner! 

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10 Effective Multisensory Writing Activities for Kids

Nov. 5, 2018

If you’ve ever sat down with your child to practice writing, you probably already know what a daunting task it is to teach any kid how to write! Factor out the tears and frustration by using multisensory writing activities to introduce your little writer to proper letter formation. This article discusses multisensory learning and will give you 10 new ways to practice effective handwriting skills with your preschooler!

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6 Best Place Value Games for K-2

Oct. 16, 2018

When learning math in the early elementary years, there’s no getting past having to master the critical concept of place value! In order to understand larger numbers and how to add, subtract, and literally anything else, kids must understand this necessary math component. Why not make it easy and fun by incorporating exciting hands-on games? This article shares with you our very best place value games for 2nd grade and below! 

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10 Thrilling Halloween STEM Activities

Oct. 8, 2018

Halloween is one of childhood’s favorite holidays, and it’s easy to take advantage of the excitement of the season by mixing in some frightfully fun STEM-based activities! Use common supplies and Halloween candy to flex your child’s engineering and science abilities and knowledge. This article will share 10 thrilling Halloween STEM activities for kids that you will love as much as your child! 

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Social Studies for Grades K-3: Necessary Skills and Activity Ideas

Oct. 3, 2018

When it comes to the core subjects taught in school, the importance of social studies is often overlooked.  With the demanding process of learning to read, write, and complete math problems, we often think of social studies as something that kids can learn later on. Nothing could be further from the truth! Social studies skills are critical, since all kids will eventually be decision-making adults and citizens. This article focuses on the essential ideas kids need to learn, and 5 ideas to encourage social studies learning in home or the classroom.

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Arts and Crafts Based Upon Your Child’s Favorite Chapter Books (Part II)

Sept. 29, 2018

When kids engage with books beyond the physical pages, they improve critical analysis and comprehension skills by thinking more deeply about the book, its themes, characters, and more! We’ve already explored some of the best chapter books and series for kids, so let’s expand the conversation and take a look at four fantastic arts and crafts activities based on books!

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

Sept. 26, 2018

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! This article lists some of the best read-aloud chapter books for you to enjoy with your child to improve story comprehension and analysis skills! 

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