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  • 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

  • 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.

    5 Reasons Why Kindergarten Today Is Unkind to Kids

    5 Reasons Why Kindergarten Today Is Unkind to Kids

    by McKenna Meyers9

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Sheilamarie13

  • 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

  • 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

  • School doesn't have to be a boring place! Learn how to enjoy school more, along with some tips of how to earn good grades, join a sport, or join a club.

    How to Learn to Enjoy School More

    How to Learn to Enjoy School More

    by Marissa28

  • It's a tragedy that the focus of preschool has become increasingly narrow with many parents now seeing it as merely a time to prepare kids for kindergarten. This short-sighted stance results in youngsters who are less creative, less curious, and less communicative.

    10 Things to Look for in a Preschool and 10 Things to Avoid

    10 Things to Look for in a Preschool and 10 Things to Avoid

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    10 Great Books to Share With Your Kids for Valentine's Day

    10 Great Books to Share With Your Kids for Valentine's Day

    by Victoria Van Ness0

  • A long-time early childhood educator argues that the dad should pick his son's preschool, not his mother. She contends that little boys need an advocate as they enter this female-ruled world where sitting quietly and learning passively get rewarded and boys earn negative labels just for being boys.

    Why a Father Should Choose His Son's Preschool

    Why a Father Should Choose His Son's Preschool

    by McKenna Meyers5

  • 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

  • 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 Meyers6

  • 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

  • Choosing a preschool is a big decision for parents, but their duty doesn't stop there. They need to keep a watchful eye and make sure the quality of care remains high. After all, operating a preschool is a business and owners are concerned about their bottom line and keeping costs low.

    5 Red Flags at Preschool That Should Alarm Parents

    5 Red Flags at Preschool That Should Alarm Parents

    by McKenna Meyers6

  • 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.

    What to Look for in a Preschool: 50 Features That Indicate High Quality

    What to Look for in a Preschool: 50 Features That Indicate High Quality

    by McKenna Meyers5

  • 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

  • Advice for parents who want to get their kids started with computer programming. Includes free coding resources for kids.

    How to Start Coding With Your Kids

    How to Start Coding With Your Kids

    by thenicolerobinson1

  • 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 Mendoran16

  • 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.

    Why Full Inclusion in Special Education Is the Lie Parents Shouldn't Believe

    Why Full Inclusion in Special Education Is the Lie Parents Shouldn't Believe

    by McKenna Meyers12

  • 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 Demander2

  • 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

  • Introverts such as myself may recall middle school as the worst time in their lives. Volunteering at my son's school, I see little has changed. If teachers and administrators, though, would consider introverts when planning lessons and extracurricular activities, they could make a huge difference.

    Why Middle School Sucks for Introverts and Three Ways to Change It

    Why Middle School Sucks for Introverts and Three Ways to Change It

    by McKenna Meyers2

  • Raising a child who loves math and feels confident in the subject starts in the first few years of life. The preschool age is the perfect age to build math foundations. Read about some of our favorite strategies!

    Math Foundations for Preschoolers

    Math Foundations for Preschoolers

    by Clare R Okyere3

  • 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 Meyers4

  • Reading to preschoolers can enhance their imaginations and promote dramatic play. Discover 13 classic children's books that are ideal for doing just that.

    13 Classic Picture Books for Preschoolers

    13 Classic Picture Books for Preschoolers

    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

  • 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

  • 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 Ways Preschool Parents Annoy Their Children's Teachers

    17 Ways Preschool Parents Annoy Their Children's Teachers

    by McKenna Meyers3

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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