14 Must-Read Children's Books for Black History Month
These 14 inspiring children's books for Black History Month feature black characters, real and fictional. You will find dreamers who reach for the stars, poets who speak of hope for the future, and real heroes facing racism and doing hard things.
Food & Cooking: A Review of the 10 Best Children’s Narrative Nonfiction Books
A children’s librarian reviews ten of the best kid-friendly books about food and those who have changed the way we eat with their creativity and problem-solving skills. From popsicles to nachos; from jicama to chocolates, you’ll find topics to pull children into reading.
Inclusion vs. Education: 4 Reasons Parents Should Be Alarmed If a School Hires an Inclusion Consultant
The author, a long-time teacher and mom to a son with special needs, warns about the proliferation of inclusion consultants (aka inclusion specialists). Sadly, they have replaced special education teachers in many instances. However, they don't work with students directly and are a pain to teachers.
Crisis in Education: 10 Ways Parents Can Help Schools During a Teacher Shortage
As our society confronts a nationwide teacher shortage, we’re in for a rocky time. We’ll finally need to grapple with how poorly we’ve treated educators: paying them too little, demanding too much, and giving them no respect. Parents will need to step up and get involved in a new and profound way.
A Review of 10 of the Best Children's Narrative Nonfiction Books About People With Disabilities
Reviews, written by a children’s librarian, of 10 of the best kid-friendly books about high-achieving people who are also dealing with disabilities.
A Review of the 16 Best Children’s Narrative Nonfiction Books about Innovations and Inventions
A children’s librarian reviews 16 of the best kid-friendly books about people who have improved our world with their creativity and problem-solving skills. From telephones to popsicles; from stoplights to little libraries, you’ll find topics to pull children in to reading.
20 Children's Narrative Nonfiction Books About Social Justice
Thorough reviews of 20 of the best nonfiction books about people who have worked for equal rights, equal opportunity, and equal treatment. Includes biographies of notable people and accounts of social justice movements.
How to Encourage a Lifelong Love of Reading in Your Toddler
There are many things you can do to teach your tot to appreciate stories and books. It takes a little effort, but has a big payoff, especially in terms of their self-esteem and lifelong love of knowledge.
Should Twins Be in the Same Class at School? One Pair's Experience
This article lists the pros and cons of separating twins during school hours, along with the personal experience of one very close set of twin girls.
Funny Children's Picture Books Worth Purchasing
The purchase of a children's book is a commitment. Not only financially or because it's one more item to dust, but more importantly because you may be forced to read it multiple times. These books will make both you and your littles laugh :)
The Best Thing I Did for My Children Was to Take Them Out of School
And learning not to teach was the best thing I did for me.
The Cons of Homeschooling, According to a Homeschool Mom
Are you exploring the idea of homeschooling but not totally sure it will work for your family? Here are the downsides of homeschooling according to a homeschool mom.
A “Draw and Tell” or Flannel Board Story Featuring Spring, Veggies, and Rabbits: Mrs. MacGregor’s Salad
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.
How to Promote a Love of Math When Your Children Are Young
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.
Learning Theory and Neurodiversity in the Education System
This article takes a look at how learning theory and neurodiversity have shaped how we teach our children in the classroom.
How to Promote Cultural Diversity Awareness
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?"
Explore Math at Home: Easy Resources for Parents and Kids
Here are some resources that can be used at home to investigate some key areas of mathematics with your children. The explorations are open-ended.
Real-World Math Class for Homeschoolers and Educators
While homeschooling, I found that the math books I had weren't practical. I then created my own credit card and checking account curriculum.
Can Parents and Teachers Set Up Successful Learning Pods?
This article 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.
How to Homeschool With Checklists or Bullet Journals
Learn the most efficient and effective way to homeschool using checklists.
Best Sites for Finding Free Children’s Books and Activities
This article includes a roundup of sites that have free, high-quality children’s books that are easy to access right from the web.
15 Best New Narrative Nonfiction Books for Kids in Grades K–3
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.
Monet, Monet, Monet: Waterlily Art Projects for Kids
These are a couple of fun and beautiful projects to make with elementary-aged kids at home in the style of Claude Monet.
4 Library Resources for E-Books and Videos for Kids Who Are Stuck at Home
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.
History Resources for Young Gifted Learners: Introducing the Colonial Period to Toddlers and Preschoolers
This article will provide parents of some of the youngest gifted learners with a way to begin teaching American history.
8 Spring-Inspired Projects to Help Kids Beat the Winter Blues
Round up the kids and try these fun projects to add a little springtime art to your home.
What Is Unschooling and Is It Legal?
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.
5 Tips to Make Homework Less Stressful for Everyone
Homework time can be a stressful experience for all involved. However, there are a few simple tips to make this activity easier to process.
Pros and Cons: Should Junk Food Be Banned or Allowed in Schools?
Junk food is a popular choice. What’s concerning is when large amounts of these foods are consumed by children in schools globally. This article showcases a thoughtful perspective on pros and cons to help decide whether junk food be banned or allowed in schools.
Six Back-to-School Tips for Busy Parents
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.
Make a Pizza Craft: Creative and Educational Activity for Children
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.
Pig Story Time Theme With Printable Crafts and Flannel Story for Preschool and Kindergarten
Find everything you need for a pig story time theme here: book suggestions, coloring pages, craft templates, and a rhyming flannel board story.
10 Great Books to Share With Your Kids for Valentine's Day
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 Easy Ways Parents Can Boost Their Childrens' Literacy
As a parent, you are in a 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.
10 Great Books to Read With Your Kids in December
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.
"Face the Sound": An Educational Game for Children With Disabilities
"Face the Sound" is a card game developed for children with various disabilities, including vision loss and mild autism.
Coding for Kids: Free Top Ten Programming Tutorials and Apps
How We're Doing Kindergarten All Wrong in the U.S. and What We Can Learn From Countries Doing It Right
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.
3 Simple, Fun Games to Introduce Your Child to Coding
Use these toys and games at home for teaching kids, aged 5 to 11, to learn some programming basics.
"Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" Quiz Questions and Answers
"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.