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  • Step-by-step instructions and demonstration of how to make tornado experiments. Create a tornado in a bottle, a jar, do a speed test, and even do an experiment to see how they form.

    How to Make a Tornado Science Experiment

    How to Make a Tornado Science Experiment

    by Candace Bacon16

  • Are you driving your child's preschool teacher crazy? You probably are if you send your kid to class in fancy duds, expect special treatment for your precious tyke, fret about her being bullied, and pick her up late with no apology or explanation. Find out if you're the pain at preschool!

    17 Things Preschool Parents Do That Drive Teachers Crazy

    17 Things Preschool Parents Do That Drive Teachers Crazy

    by McKenna Meyers3

  • Complete, detailed instructions, links, and videos for easy and practical science fair project for 5th to 8th grade students.

    Easy Flower Science Fair Project

    Easy Flower Science Fair Project

    by Virginia Kearney16

  • Parents can get enticed by STEM activities, foreign language instruction and music lessons, thinking they will give their child a leg up. What really matters most, though, is a preschool program with a strong philosophy that emphasizes a learn-by-doing approach: playing, socializing, and exploring.

    The 3 Most Critical Questions to Ask When Choosing a Preschool

    The 3 Most Critical Questions to Ask When Choosing a Preschool

    by McKenna Meyers1

  • Concepts learned at school are learned faster and retained longer when kids actively participate in an activity. Preschoolers excel when presented with an opportunity to physically engage in their learning. The lesson plan outlined below presents a fun, active method of teaching kids primary and secondary colours!

    How to Teach Color Theory to Preschoolers

    How to Teach Color Theory to Preschoolers

    by Teresa Coppens22

  • When choosing a preschool, it's easy for parents to get enthralled by all the bells and whistles: their child learning Mandarin, doing yoga poses, and studying the violin. Yet, a former preschool teacher tells moms and dads that developmentally appropriate practices and lots of play matter most.

    50 Features of a High Quality Preschool

    50 Features of a High Quality Preschool

    by McKenna Meyers5

  • While teaching kindergarten, I had many students enter my classroom with weak hand muscles and poor fine motor skills. It was difficult for them to hold a pencil correctly, cut with scissors, and string beads. One of the easiest ways to prevent this is making play-dough with your children!

    How to Improve Your Child's Fine Motor Skills With Play-Dough

    How to Improve Your Child's Fine Motor Skills With Play-Dough

    by McKenna Meyers0

  • Children become fluent in reading with practice, and the free, engaging reading games and videos on these websites will hold their attention and keep them motivated. These websites offer a great way to keep kids learning outside of school.

    10 Free and Fun Elementary Reading Websites for Kids

    10 Free and Fun Elementary Reading Websites for Kids

    by Heidi Reina46

  • Early childhood education in the US is in a harrowing state as many preschools now do what's contrary to the latest findings in brain research. Even though studies consistently show that exploring and playing build literacy skills, they're getting minimized in favor of teacher-directed lessons.

    8 Ways That Preschools Ignore Research in Early Childhood Education

    8 Ways That Preschools Ignore Research in Early Childhood Education

    by McKenna Meyers4

  • Homework is counterproductive. It causes family stress and fails to help the child learn, teaching only resentment. This article explores why.

    Ten Reasons Why Homework Is a Bad Idea

    Ten Reasons Why Homework Is a Bad Idea

    by Liz Elias68

  • Choosing a preschool program is a difficult choice for parents seeking a quality early childhood education curriculum for their children. This article addresses several areas of concern and suggests questions and observations parents should make before deciding on a preschool program for their child.

    Early Childhood Education: Choosing a Preschool Program

    Early Childhood Education: Choosing a Preschool Program

    by Leah Lefler27

  • The Montessori method of education speaks to the curiosity within each child and allows each child to blossom. Learn simple ways of creating a Montessori home environment that will enable your child to soar to great heights.

    How to Implement Montessori Education at Home

    How to Implement Montessori Education at Home

    by Tracy Lynn Conway20

  • Pre-school activities for sorting by color are an important pre-requisite for learning to name colors. Activities with pegboards, counting bears, colored blocks, colored beads, & homemade activities.

    Pre-School Activities- Sorting by Color

    Pre-School Activities- Sorting by Color

    by rmcrayne2

  • Simple steps for easy early elementary school Science Fair Project. Teach your child or a group of children how to do a Science Project.

    Easy Kindergarten Science Fair Project

    Easy Kindergarten Science Fair Project

    by Virginia Kearney4

  • You may remember the perceptual-motor program at elementary school: walking on the balance beam, crawling through wooden shapes, and skipping around traffic cones. It combined physical and mental tasks designed to enhance balance, coordination, and gross motor skills. It's time to bring it back!

    Why Your Child's School Should Have a Perceptual-Motor Program

    Why Your Child's School Should Have a Perceptual-Motor Program

    by McKenna Meyers4

  • In this article, I discuss over a dozen different board games that are ideal for the elementary school classroom. I include variations and resources for many of these games.

    Board Games for the Elementary School Classroom

    Board Games for the Elementary School Classroom

    by Rose Clearfield12

  • Many preschools have at least one circle time as part of their daily routine. Research, though, shows kids learn a lot more with small group activities, kinesthetic learning, and hands-on exploration. Why then are circle times getting longer and being overused?

    5 Reasons Why Parents Should Be Concerned About Preschool Circle Time

    5 Reasons Why Parents Should Be Concerned About Preschool Circle Time

    by McKenna Meyers31

  • Numbers, shapes, and other mathematical concepts pop up in many of our daily activities. Share these opportunities with your children as a foundation for later learning.

    How to Develop Preschool Math Skills

    How to Develop Preschool Math Skills

    by Sheilamarie14

  • Public charter schools can be an excellent school choice for many, but there are pros and cons just like with any other school. Find out how charters differ from traditional public schools.

    Charter Schools vs. Public Schools

    Charter Schools vs. Public Schools

    by Sarah Johnson25

  • Calendar, craft projects, teacher-directed lessons, worksheets, and letter of the week are part of the daily routine at preschool. Yet, are they supported by research? A former teacher explains why they're not only a waste of time but can squelch a child's innate curiosity and love of learning.

    5 Preschool Activities That Parents Should Know Are a Waste of Time

    5 Preschool Activities That Parents Should Know Are a Waste of Time

    by McKenna Meyers81

  • Parents in the US are enthralled with academic preschools, buying into the belief that earlier is better. However, research shows that play is how kids learn best. It enhances their imaginations, promotes exploration, increases vocabulary, and builds social skills.

    33 Reasons to Choose a Play-Based Preschool, Not an Academic One

    33 Reasons to Choose a Play-Based Preschool, Not an Academic One

    by McKenna Meyers18

  • Recess was once an accepted part of a child's school day. With increasing pressures for academic success, many schools are cutting or eliminating play time in favor of rigorous academic pursuits. Many schools are built without playgrounds in cities like Chicago and Atlanta. Research shows recess actually boosts test scores and increases a child's attention span: some parent led initiatives are striving to bring recess back to American schools.

    School's Out: The Loss of Recess in America

    School's Out: The Loss of Recess in America

    by Leah Lefler38

  • Teaching preschool at home can be a fun learning adventure for you and your child. Learn about some simple preschool activities you can do at home with your preschooler to help your child be ready for Kindergarten.

    How to Teach Preschool at Home

    How to Teach Preschool at Home

    by Marissa18

  • Music education is highly important for young children, increasing math skills, fine motor coordination, and helping children learn the benefits of perseverance and delayed gratification. Think your child is ready for music lessons? Consider the age of the child, developmental readiness, and time commitment before staring formal instrument lessons!

    Music Lessons: The Importance of Music Education for Children

    Music Lessons: The Importance of Music Education for Children

    by Leah Lefler53

  • Many introverted adults recall hating middle school. As parents, though, they have the power to improve it for their own kids. By pushing teachers and administrators to include lesson plans and extracurricular activities that address the needs of introspective students, they can have a huge impact.

    How Parents Can Improve Middle School for Their Introverted Kids

    How Parents Can Improve Middle School for Their Introverted Kids

    by McKenna Meyers2

  • Full inclusion gives students with minor learning disabilities a chance to receive the same education as their non-disabled peers. However, the system has its flaws despite good intentions.

    The Disadvantages of a Full-Inclusion Classroom

    The Disadvantages of a Full-Inclusion Classroom

    by Dean Traylor3

  • Make homeschooling more fun with this interactive activity for learning about the solar system. Kids will decorate cupcakes to resemble the planets and the sun, discovering facts about each planet along the way.

    Fun Homeschool Lesson Plan: Solar System Cupcakes

    Fun Homeschool Lesson Plan: Solar System Cupcakes

    by Rebecca Mealey7

  • It is vital for parents and guardians of special needs children to understand the importance of the individual education program IEP). An IEP ensures your special needs child will get an appropriate education in the public school system.

    The Importance of an Individual Education Program (IEP)

    The Importance of an Individual Education Program (IEP)

    by Cari Jean17

  • This article covers five significant reasons for the importance of preschool education written by an experienced early childhood educator. The preschool aged child is eager and ready to learn.

    Why Preschool Education Is Important For Your Child

    Why Preschool Education Is Important For Your Child

    by rebekahELLE43

  • Reading to preschoolers enlarges their vocabularies, expands their imaginations, and promotes their pretend play. These 10 picture books have stood the test of time and are guaranteed to spark the creativity of young children while delighting adults as well.

    10 Classic Picture Books Every Preschooler Should Own

    10 Classic Picture Books Every Preschooler Should Own

    by McKenna Meyers6

  • Going against decades of research in early childhood education, preschools today have become more academic than ever. Youngsters are now guinea pigs in an experiment that may prove highly detrimental to their futures and society's as a whole.

    A Teacher Explains Why You Shouldn't Send Your Child to Preschool

    A Teacher Explains Why You Shouldn't Send Your Child to Preschool

    by McKenna Meyers47

  • How do you explain space to kids? Here are some facts about space for kids, and fun activities for the whole family!

    Space Facts for Kids

    Space Facts for Kids

    by Marissa25

  • When choosing a preschool, some parents get seduced by the very things that they should avoid: an academic focus, computer learning, and paper-pencil work. Find out why these and others are indicative of a subpar preschool that ignores developmentally appropriate practices.

    10 Warning Signs of a Bad Preschool That All Parents Need to Know

    10 Warning Signs of a Bad Preschool That All Parents Need to Know

    by McKenna Meyers8

  • Obsession or ally? How Lego contributes to a homeschool education by developing problem-solving and fine motor skills.

    My Child Is Obsessed With Lego

    My Child Is Obsessed With Lego

    by Bev G6

  • If you hear something often enough, you're bound to believe it. Busy moms and dads, juggling family and career, are highly susceptible to hearing and believing incorrect information about parenting young children. Now it's time to set the record straight on important issues affecting their kids.

    20 Lies About Early Childhood Education That Parents Need to Stop Believing

    20 Lies About Early Childhood Education That Parents Need to Stop Believing

    by McKenna Meyers4

  • As a teacher and mother of an autistic son, I'm outraged when school officials deceive parents with the inclusion lie. Students with special needs require special help and full inclusion is not enough. While it saves money in the short-term, it has a long-range negative impact for kids and society.

    What Is Full Inclusion and How Is It Damaging Our Public Schools?

    What Is Full Inclusion and How Is It Damaging Our Public Schools?

    by McKenna Meyers12

  • Do you feel guilty for not paying for your child's education? Don't. Paying for college is hard in this economy. Kids learn responsibility for their actions and have ownership in their education when they have to pay for their own college tuition.

    Why I Did Not Pay for My Children's College

    Why I Did Not Pay for My Children's College

    by Susan Holland154

  • In-Hand Manipulation skills—translation, shift, and rotation—are important fine motor skills for a child’s development. IHM skills have been shown to directly correlate with handwriting skills and self-help skills like dressing.

    Activities to Develop In-Hand Manipulation Skills in Children

    Activities to Develop In-Hand Manipulation Skills in Children

    by rmcrayne1

  • Explore science and engineering activities geared for third-grade students using inexpensive and accessible materials. Lava lamps, helicopters, and marble mazes allow young scientists to explore!

    Easy STEM Activities for 3rd Graders

    Easy STEM Activities for 3rd Graders

    by Leah Lefler3

  • If we want preschoolers to express themselves through art and feel empowered while doing so, we're going about it all wrong. Open-ended art activities (painting, drawing, and sculpting) have been replaced by teacher-directed craft projects, much to the detriment of young children.

    How Preschool Craft Projects Kill Children's Creativity

    How Preschool Craft Projects Kill Children's Creativity

    by McKenna Meyers6

  • Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader is a T.V. show quiz game that can be integrated into your lesson plan at school or even played at home? Children of elementary and even middle school ages can learn a lot of general knowledge topics, helping them turn into well-rounded, educated world citizens.

    Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader Quiz: Questions and Answers

    Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader Quiz: Questions and Answers

    by Sam Mendoran56

  • In this article, you will find a bit of literary criticism, written with the teacher in mind. You will also find critical literacy lesson plans for this Frances Hodgson Burnett classic.

    Teaching Critical Literacy with The Secret Garden

    Teaching Critical Literacy with The Secret Garden

    by KarenTBTEN24

  • History and Time Travel collide in this fantastic book by Alison Uttely. Penelope steps into the past and encounters Mary Queen of Scots and the Babington Plot! Pure magic!

    A Traveller in Time - Book Review

    A Traveller in Time - Book Review

    by Nell Rose34

  • Regardless of your child's age, there are things you can start doing now to ease the transition from summer back to school. This article has six easy tips to help busy parents prepare their children for academic success. Plan ahead to enjoy a painless transition.

    Six Back-to-School Tips for Busy Parents

    Six Back-to-School Tips for Busy Parents

    by Deborah Demander Reno4

  • A teacher explains how hands-on learning at preschool makes children curious, passionate, and self-motivated. They see themselves as the source of knowledge, not their teachers. Sadly, though, hands-on learning is being diminished as politicians demand that kids get prepped for kindergarten.

    Why Hands-on Learning Matters Most When Choosing a Preschool

    Why Hands-on Learning Matters Most When Choosing a Preschool

    by McKenna Meyers11

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