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  • 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

  • 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 Meyers45

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Mendoran37

  • Beginning home-schooling is a huge decision and can engender terror in the hearts of parents brave enough to undertake such a commitment. Fear not, it's not so scary after all. First comes 'deschooling'...

    Home School Education: Deschooling

    Home School Education: Deschooling

    by Bev G40

  • 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

  • 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

  • One-third to one-half of preschoolers are introverts. There's little acknowledgement of this reality, though, at most preschools today. Kids get crammed into noisy classrooms with constant interaction and teacher-led lessons with little or no time for quiet moments and self-directed learning.

    How to Find a Proper Preschool for Your Introverted Child

    How to Find a Proper Preschool for Your Introverted Child

    by McKenna Meyers2

  • As our education system grows more bureaucratic, elementary school teachers are under enormous pressure to assess students and meet Common Core standards. In the process, though, they can neglect the whole child (body, mind, and spirit) and that's when parents need to advocate for their kids.

    4 Huge Concerns You Should Have About Your Child's Elementary School Teacher

    4 Huge Concerns You Should Have About Your Child's Elementary School Teacher

    by McKenna Meyers4

  • 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

  • The Chinese Tangram Game is a cool activity to do with kids that has great educational value and is loads of fun to play. Find out its history, how to make your own, and the fun you can have with it!

    How to Make a Tangram Square: The Chinese Puzzle Game

    How to Make a Tangram Square: The Chinese Puzzle Game

    by Amanda Littlejohn43

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Meyers15

  • 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

  • Modern technology can distract children and teens away from reading, but don’t despair. There are ways you can encourage young folk to pick up a book.

    5 Ways to Encourage Young People to Read

    5 Ways to Encourage Young People to Read

    by Cheryl E Preston5

  • Calendar, craft projects, teacher-directed lessons, worksheets, and "letter of the week" are part of the daily routine at preschool but are they supported by research? A former teacher explains why they're not only a waste of time but even detrimental.

    5 Popular Preschool Activities That Are a Waste of Time

    5 Popular Preschool Activities That Are a Waste of Time

    by McKenna Meyers81

  • 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

  • Choosing a preschool can be an overwhelming task for parents, leaving them in need of some expert advice. A long-time early childhood educator explains what moms and dads should avoid by detailing ten warning signs of a bad preschool. They include workbooks, long circle times, and no philosophy.

    10 Warning Signs of a Bad Preschool

    10 Warning Signs of a Bad Preschool

    by McKenna Meyers8

  • 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

  • Choosing a preschool is an important undertaking for parents, but their diligence shouldn't end there. They need to keep a watchful eye to make sure the quality remains high. After all, operating a preschool is a business and owners are concerned about their bottom line and keeping costs low.

    The 5 Red Flags at Preschool That Should Make Parents Wary

    The 5 Red Flags at Preschool That Should Make Parents Wary

    by McKenna Meyers6

  • 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

  • An educator and mom explains why Zoo-phonics is the ideal program to teach your child to read. It combines movement, music, and games that promote phonological awareness, the foundation of reading. It lets kids be kids as they act silly, wriggle, and use their imaginations.

    Teach Your Child to Read With Zoo-Phonics and Have Fun Doing It!

    Teach Your Child to Read With Zoo-Phonics and Have Fun Doing It!

    by McKenna Meyers2

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Contains printable templates of roosters made from circles, hearts, and triangles for teachers who work with farm themes and young children. The templates are available in English and Spanish.

    Printable Rooster Crafts for Kids

    Printable Rooster Crafts for Kids

    by Adele Jeunette0

  • 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

  • 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

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