How to teach children/preschoolers/toddlers about zoo animals before and while attending zoos and aquariums.
A former preschool teacher explains how hands-on learning turns children into active learners. Their teacher is not the source of knowledge but a facilitator who encourages them to explore. Unfortunately, hands-on learning is threatened as the government involves itself in early childhood education.
Erupting volcanoes and bubbling test tubes are fun to watch and more fun to make. Creating strange mad scientist concoctions is simpler than you may think using stuff already in the kitchen.
Homeschoolers rate better on standardized tests than public school students. Homeschool kids outperform other students in spelling bees and other academic contests.
What is phonological awareness and how is it connected to reading, writing, and spelling? A teacher explains how parents can build their children's phonological awareness, turning them into readers.
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.
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!
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.
We're at a tragic point when preschools are seen as places to prepare students for kindergarten. Not only is this developmentally inappropriate and cruel, but it also has long-term negative consequences for our nation. It results in kids who are less creative, less curious, and less communicative.
Finding and hiring a local math tutor for yourself or your high school student can be tricky. Discover the truth about paid services, how to find a private tutor and how to get the most for your money when starting math tutoring sessions.
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.
Are you worried that your child's preschool isn't living up to expectations? Is the owner adding more students? Is she making a lot of unfulfilled promises about accelerated learning? Do you feel like your kid's creativity is getting squelched? These are red flags that need your immediate attention!
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!
Questionnaire to help parents determine if home schooling is right for their children and their family.
The Waldorf method of education is gaining in popularity, but the tuition is expensive. Learn simple, easy ways to provide the benefits of this method to your child at home.
There are so many different theories regarding early childhood education and what is most important for a young child to learn. There are as many different educational theories and schools as there are psychologists, who have studied the early...
For teachers, parents, and librarians, a thorough list of books for children ages 3-8 which exemplify everyday diversity. These books feature diverse characters in everyday contemporary life.
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket, as part of his Series of Unfortunate Events, is both entertaining and educational. Follow this study guide to learn about activities that can make your reading experience even better.
A fun science experiment. Grow your own salt crystal garden. It's easy, and uses items you have around the house.
Chinese New Year marks the beginning of the Chinese calendar year and is named after an animal. Have fun reading this Chinese New Year animals story based on the great race to your kid at bedtime
Some common misconceptions and myths about homeschooling from the socialization myth to the idea that we are all religious.
Easy 7th or 8th Grade girls flexibility Science Fair Experiment with full instructions and research links.
Are you unsure of how to support your student's reading ability outside of the classroom? Looking for some tips? Tired of being asked questions in this format? Look no further!
Kids have jumped rope for generations, and the songs they sing are passed on from child to child. On this journey down memory lane you'll discover old jump rope songs, Double Dutch & more fitness fun.
Most people homeschool for religious reasons, concerns about school safety and education quality, or because they want to be their child's teacher. Here's a look at 13 reasons for homeschooling.
A student struggling with algebra in high school or middle school needs some gentle guidance in the right direction to avoid failing the class, bring up their grade, and maybe even actually enjoy math.
Early learning curriculum for preschoolers and kindergarten age kids. Learn about continents, oceans and countries.
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.
When looking for a preschool, parents get impressed by an "escalated curriculum" with foreign languages, STEM activities, music lessons, sculpture, and yoga. What really matters is a school with a strong philosophy that emphasizes a learn by doing approach: playing, socializing, and exploring.
Same-sex or single-gender education has advantages and disadvantages, so why aren't more schools implementing this way of teaching? I discuss the advantages and disadvantages.
Reading to your kids enhances imagination and stimulates dramatic play. But not all children's books are designed to do this. A teacher details 12 titles that are ideal for boosting creativity.
A mom and preschool teacher sets the record straight on 20 common misconceptions about early child education. Parents need the truth, not misinformation, to make good decisions for their kids.
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!
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.
This article is about why I chose to homeschool my daughter instead of giving her a traditional education in a brick and mortar school setting.
Certain activities at preschool—calendar, craft projects, teacher-directed lessons, worksheets, and "letter of the week"—are all part of the routine. Yet, are they supported by research? A former teacher with a master's degree explains why they're a waste of time and even harmful.
For teachers, parents, and librarians, an extensive list of books for babies and toddlers which show everyday diversity. These books features diverse characters portrayed in everyday contemporary life
Simple steps for easy early elementary school Science Fair Project. Teach your child or a group of children how to do a Science Project.
If we want kids to experience art as a creative expression, a relaxing pastime, and a way to feel empowered, we're teaching 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.
Circle Time is popular in early childhood education, but it's largely a waste of time. Research shows kids learn more with small group activities, kinesthetic learning, and hands-on exploration. So why has Circle Time grown longer and more unwieldy and what can parents do about it?
Find the best books and resources for elementary school-aged kids to learn more about the human body, cells, and genetics.
Is your child gifted or just bright for their age? Is there even a difference? This guide goes over signs of giftedness vs. signs of slightly higher intelligence in small children.
Need to do well on that AP literature exam in the Spring to get college credit? Check out these tips, tools and products to get the grade you want.
A teacher 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. Best of all, it lets kids be kids, tapping into their inclination to act silly, wriggle, and be imaginative.
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'...
These are some simple and fun ways to teach basic multiplication and division to preschoolers and kindergarten age kids.
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle first published in 1977 is a children's book classic. It's visual appeal and themes of telling time, bullying, and comparing sizes will entertain preschool and elementary age audiences. This thorough review includes a lesson plan for story time presenters and suggestions for teachers.
When looking at preschools, it's easy for parents to get sidetracked by all the bells and whistles—their child learning Chinese, pre-reading skills, yoga, and even a musical instrument. A former preschool and kindergarten teacher explains what a high-quality program REALLY looks like!
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.
Uniforms can help prevent bullying and violence over appearance, and discourage the theft of shoes and clothing.
The problem of bullying in schools is widespread in many countries. Students who experience bullying fear going to school. One way to help them is to build their self-esteem and assertiveness skills.
I’d like to help parents of children diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes prepare for the first day of school.
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.
How do you explain space to kids? Here are some facts about space for kids, and fun activities for the whole family!
Some practical tips for organizing a children's story time program including finding a host organization, planning a calendar, and other common-sense logistical considerations.
Our country is moving toward preschools that are academically focused, going against what experts in early childhood education recommend. Studies show that play is how youngsters learn best. It enhances their imaginations, promotes exploration, increases vocabulary, and builds social skills.
Children become fluent in reading with practice, and these free, engaging reading games hold their attention and keep them motivated.
Going away to college has long been seen as a rite of passage. But are all students ready to leave the nest?
To enter first grade or not—that is the question! Should parents hold back their child after kindergarten? What do the studies suggest, and what do parents do?
When the author (a teacher) began volunteering at her son's middle school, she was shocked by the lack of academic rigor. There were few classes offered for students who needed to be challenged. Technology and engineering were not taught, and kids spend large chunks of time on their cell phones.
A librarian's reviews and summaries of the best narrative nonfiction books for children, which are emphasized in the curriculum of the common core from kindergarten through 6th grade.
This slime changes color with the temperature, due to heat-sensitive pigment embedded in the recipe.
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.
Tips to running a toddler classroom while keeping structure and order in a room full of one year olds.
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!
Homeschoolers often, and I mean very often, hear the question "But what about socialization?" Here's why this question is completely cringe-worthy. Please stop asking us that!
An article on the benefits of including children with special needs in mainstream schools, and things to consider when doing so.
Homework is counterproductive. It causes family stress and fails to help the child learn, teaching only resentment. This article explores why.
An early childhood educator tells parents why it's best NOT to send their children to preschool. As the government seizes control, preschools become laboratories and young children become guinea pigs. The push for academic rigor at younger ages takes away time for play, pretending, and being a kid.
Full instructions for winning middle school science fair project using robot made from NXT Lego Mindstorms.
What your child should know before entering Kindergarten and what they will be required to learn and understand throughout the year with ideas on how to help them excel.
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!
The four natural forces responsible for flight are explored in this article with activities and discussions
This article features activities in a lesson to help students with vision loss and others manage and organize money.
Do you know what high stakes standardized testing is? Is your child a victim of "teaching to the test" or never-ending test prep? How is your child's education affected by test-based accountability?
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 being the pain at preschool!
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.
Students from around the country receive invitations to join the National Society of High School Scholars. What is this organization, and is the enrollment fee worth it?
Looking for a great science fair project? Love to chew gum? Here you'll find complete instructions for gum science fair projects, with photos and videos. Sample project too!
Want a science fair project using your pet? Full instructions for a quick and easy science experiment for elementary students.
As the system grow more bureaucratic, the author (a teacher herself) explains what parents should expect from educators. While teachers are under enormous pressure to assess students and meet Common Core standards, they must still attend to the needs of each child—body, mind, and spirit.
Want a fun and easy way to teach children the scientific process? Use these mini display boards to teach children this important process early.
As a teacher and a mother of an autistic son, I get outraged when educators deceive parents with the inclusion lie. Kids with special needs require special help and inclusion is not enough. Yes, it saves us money in the short term, but it has a long-range negative impact on kids and our society.
Easy and fun snow and ice science experiments for kids. Includes making frost, snow, icicles, dry ice, exploding ice, and more cool experiments.
Preparing a child for kindergarten can be easy if you know what your child's school requires. Not only does your child need to be intellectually prepared, but also emotionally prepared. Starting school can be scary for a child.
Complete, detailed instructions, links, and videos for easy and practical science fair project for 5th to 8th grade students.
Compete instructions on how to do a science fair project and set up a board. Includes pictures, examples, resources and step-by step original projects.
A brilliant, creative foray into sci-fi and the great "what if" questions adults have forgotten to ask. For anyone who's forgotten how to love or be happy or the importance of living in harmony.
Is your child ready to take on the challenges of kindergarten? Are you ready to send them off with confidence? Here's a list of things they should know before starting.
Is your child ready for kindergarten? Important things to consider before starting kindergarten, a quiz to make sure, and the argument for waiting a year.
A comprehensive guide to help you teach your child to read in 30 days, designed for parents who are homeschooling or pre-schooling their children.
Teach children to match and label fractions by matching measuring cups to the correct container. Help children say the name of the fraction and practice fractions while measuring and cooking.
It is vital for parents and guardians of special needs children to understand the importance of having an individual education plan. An IEP ensures your special needs child will get an appropriate education in the public school system.
Choosing a preschool can be an overwhelming task with so many choices. As a former preschool and kindergarten teacher, I urge parents to pick a place with a strong and distinct philosophy that attracts a community of like-minded moms and dads such as Montessori, Waldorf, and co-op.
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!
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.