Screen-free tips and tricks I learned along the way for homeschooling early elementary years with a toddler or preschooler in tow!
Are you exploring the idea of homeschooling but not totally sure it will work for your family? Here's the downsides of homeschooling according to a homeschool mom.
Easy step-by-step instructions for presenting a simple and cute draw-and-tell story about a salad, some carrots, and a rabbit. Includes printable patterns and sample video presentations. Great for themes of spring, healthy eating, rabbits, or Easter.
This article offers suggestions on ways to engage your child in math when he or she is young. Using math in daily life may help your child like it and recognize its usefulness.
This article takes a look at how learning theory and neurodiversity have shaped how we teach our children in the classroom.
Cultural awareness is essential in both school and the home. Differences make us stronger. This article covers 5 ways to encourage openness and respect for individuals' differences. The article answers the questions, "Is culture relevant to schools?” and "What about in your home or community?"
Parents working with children create an ideal learning partnership. Suggested here are some resources that can be used at home to investigate some key areas of mathematics. The explorations are open-ended.
This article will share strategies that teachers use to help children get the most out of reading. Parents can easily use these strategies at home when they listen to their children read or read to them.
While homeschooling my 4 preteens, I discovered that the math books I had access to were not presenting any of the basic math they would need for the future. So I solved the problem by creating my own credit card and checking account curriculum. It was a year of learning for all of us.
This articles explores how teachers and parents can create successful partnerships where private teachers lead a small pod of students through their distant learning programs this fall and provide supplemental tutoring.
Learn the most efficient and effective way to homeschool using checklists.
This article includes a roundup of sites that have free, high-quality children’s books that are easy to access right from the web.
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.
A children’s librarian provides thorough reviews of the best narrative nonfiction books for children in grades K–3. She points out special aspects of the books that would be of interest to teachers and parents.
These are a couple of fun and beautiful projects to make with elementary-aged kids at home in the style of Claude Monet.
This article describes four e-media services tailored to kids that you can access from home through your library. These resources are great for parents whose children are out of school but want books and movies that are educational as well as entertaining.
For history to be fun, children must relate to it. Sometimes that means talking about poop.
This article will provide parents of some of the youngest gifted learners with a way to begin teaching American history.
This article is about how to make history fun for young children and engage both their minds and bodies in learning about the past.
Round up the kids and try these fun projects to add a little springtime to your home.
Unschooling is a legal form of homeschooling that puts the child's natural curiosity at the forefront of their schooling. Wondering what the differences between classical homeschooling and unschooling are? Here's how unschooling works.
Everyone hates homework time. But what if there were just a few simple tips you could use to make homework more enjoyable for everyone?
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.
Bilingualism is a skill that gives children a lifelong advantage. It can be achieved, even if the parent is monolingual.
This is a creative craft project based around pizzas. The article also includes ideas for expanding the activity into other subject areas, including maths, English, gardening and history.
Find everything you need for a pig story time theme here: book suggestions, coloring pages, craft templates, and a rhyming flannel board story.
These 10 great books to share with your kids for Valentine's Day should be at the top of your holiday list this year. They teach concepts like sharing, showing love, cooperation, being a good friend, and more. You and your kids are sure to enjoy them.
As a parent, you are in a highly strategic position to help your child be a better reader. Here are simple strategies you can use at home and in your everyday interactions with your child to boost his literacy.
Keep your kids engaged in learning all summer long in ways that are creative and fun! Helping them stay sharp isn't drudgery when you do it right. These tips will get you started.
One of the best things about Christmastime is all of the great books you get to read about the snow, snowmen, Santa, and hibernation, etc. You'll want to check out these 10 great books to read with your kids in December for some beautiful picks, great authors, and creatively funny stories.
This article features a card game developed for children with various disabilities, including vision loss and mild autism.
Fun hands-on art lesson for early elementary children on painting a Christmas tree card in 45 minutes for Kindergarten,1st, and 2nd grade-level children. Use this with your class, homeschool, after-school program, or co-op!
This is one of the farm-based education lessons from my Ellison Family Farm curriculum of agriculture-based lessons.
In our nation, we're now experiencing the perilous impact of less play at kindergarten. Kids in the US are battling depression, anxiety, narcissism, and suicide at alarming rates. By looking at Germany, Japan, and Finland, though, we can find inspiration to reboot and restore joy to our classrooms.
Use these resources at home for kids, ages 5-11, to learn some programming basics.
"Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" is a TV game show quiz 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.
Our country's obsession with an "earlier is better" philosophy is cruel to children in kindergarten. A teacher points out how homogeneous reading groups, too many standards and assessments, and the elimination of imaginative play are evidence of this.
Get some honest and candid insight from a real parent. Connections Academy is an online public school serving grades K–12. This guide will help you determine if this school is the right fit for your family.
When choosing a preschool, some parents get seduced by the very things that they should avoid: an academic focus, computer learning, teacher-directed lessons and paper-pencil work. A longtime educator explains why these indicate poor quality and an ignorance of developmentally appropriate practices.