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Strategies for Teaching Subtraction with Regrouping

Nov. 15, 2019

As a parent or a teacher, you might notice that kids struggle with learning to subtract. Unlike addition, subtraction asks children to do something foreign to them by taking numbers away, and worse yet, borrowing or regrouping. To make matters more confusing, in the past, we taught kids to borrow without telling them why. But now we know that kids must understand the math concept behind the strategies they use. If you’re looking to begin teaching subtraction with regrouping, keep reading to discover why it’s so tricky for kids, the best strategies to use, and games and activities to support learning!

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7 Tips for Cultivating Critical Thinking for Kids Throughout the School Year

Sept. 23, 2019

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! 

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The Importance of Learning to Write in Cursive the Alphabet, Lowercase & Uppercase Letters

Aug. 26, 2019

As parents, most of us remember learning to write in cursive, most likely in the 2nd grade. But if you didn’t already know, most school districts around the country removed this skill from the curriculum from around the time the Common Core Initiative came to the fore. Thanks to advances in technology, handwriting has been all but replaced by typing, with keyboarding classes becoming the norm. Even so, learning how to write in cursive can still offer a plethora of learning benefits that shouldn’t be ignored. Keep reading to discover the importance of cursive writing and a find a few activities to start!

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Exploring States of Matter: 4 Must-Try Activities for Kids

Aug. 14, 2019

The hottest days of the year are almost over, and it might be tough to encourage little learners to sit down for lessons and learning. Why not mix the end of summer with meaningful learning by tackling exciting science projects? This article gives you everything you need to know about what kids must understand about the three states of matter. Then keep reading to find four fabulous activity ideas to transform long idle days into fascinating physical science experiments! 

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Blended Learning Strategies in the Classroom or Homeschool

July 15, 2019

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.

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Top 10 Fun-Filled Summer Reading and Writing Ideas

July 8, 2019

We’ve all heard of the dreaded “summer slide” but just what does the research actually have to say about summer learning loss for kids in kindergarten through the 5th grade? The answer may surprise you, but the consensus seems to suggest that kids need enrichment to ready them for school come August. This article takes an in-depth look at the infamous summer slide and gives you 10 awesomely fun summer reading ideas to keep your child reading and writing to keep literacy levels high and ready for fall!

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Importance of Extracurricular Activities in School & College

June 10, 2019

There’s no doubt that academics are an integral part of every child’s early life, since learning is every kid’s job! With increased rigor and the push to perform on standardized tests from a young age, it’s easy to forget that extracurricular activities also play an important role in every child’s education and development. This article reveals the benefits of extracurricular activities in school and offers you unique ideas to support your child’s passions alongside his learning.

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Why is Homework Important — Importance of Homework in Learning Process to Student Success

June 3, 2019

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.

 

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Top Tips of Teaching English as a Second Language to Kids

May 27, 2019

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! 

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Strategies to Increase Math Fluency

March 11, 2019

As a parent, you might be asking yourself, why is math fact fluency important? After all, we often think about the concept of fluency in regard to learning a second language. But much like speaking another language, we must be fluent in math to be able to understand it fully and communicate our thinking about math. This article will help your understand the importance of building math fluency while offering up 5 fantastic ways to increase your child’s fact fluency! 

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