Here is a list of the best books which feature Chinese and Chinese-American characters for children ages 8-12. There is a little something for everyone: mystery, fantasy, kung fu, and funny stories.
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...
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?
Hook kids into reading with these booktalks for some of the best graphic novels for children. Reluctant readers especially like this format which is akin to a longer comic book.
Tips to running a toddler classroom while keeping structure and order in a room full of one year olds.
Sometimes kids can use some extra help getting started in reading. These ideas can help get your child up to speed or even ahead academically.
Here is a list of picture books to help your children or students learn multiplication and division. There are even starter activities included!
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.
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.
Children are now engrossed in technology at younger ages—leading to sedentary lives, obesity, and poor gross motor skills. Perceptual-motor programs can help combat the problem.
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.
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!
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'...
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?
This slime changes color with the temperature, due to heat-sensitive pigment embedded in the recipe.
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.
Fun and easy shadow experiments for kids. Learn how shadows are made, about see-through and solid objects, how to make shadow shapes, what rainbow shadows are, and more.
Some common misconceptions and myths about homeschooling from the socialization myth to the idea that we are all religious.
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.
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.
Full instructions for winning middle school science fair project using robot made from NXT Lego Mindstorms.
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.
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.
Acellus can be a little confusing to navigate. This guide will help a parent of an existing student navigate the “View Student Progress” section and subsections.
Questionnaire to help parents determine if home schooling is right for their children and their family.
When looking at preschools for their child, what should parents consider? A former early childhood educator and mother of 2 lists 50 characteristics of a high-quality preschool.
Obsession or ally? How Lego contributes to a homeschool education by developing problem-solving and fine motor skills.
Many introverted adults recall middle school as the worst time in their lives. Find out three ways we can empower introverts at middle school, making their experience joyous, not hellish.
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.
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.
This article lists the best and worst K-12 math curricula that we used in homeschooling, including: elementary, middle school, Algebra I & II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Consumer Math and Accounting.
Want a fun and easy way to teach children the scientific process? Use these mini display boards to teach children this important process early.
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.
A fun science experiment. Grow your own salt crystal garden. It's easy, and uses items you have around the house.
Ms. CeCe's preschoolers celebrate our grandparents with poetry, their favorite activities as children, grandparents around the globe, and games our great grandparents played!
Complete, detailed instructions, links, and videos for easy and practical science fair project for 5th to 8th grade students.
When unwitting parents buy into the inclusion lie, they give up the services their children need to flourish. A teacher explains why inclusion is ineffective and costs us all in the long haul.
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!
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.
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
Are you trying to teach geography to kids at home, or are you homeschooling and looking to incorporate geography into your lesson? These ideas can make teaching geography fun and easy.
Easy and fun snow and ice science experiments for kids. Includes making frost, snow, icicles, dry ice, exploding ice, and more cool experiments.
Tips for high school students to stay organized and help get better grades. Students who get better grades in high school will qualify for better colleges and scholarship money.
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!
Homeschooling while dealing with your own pain and suffering, whether temporary or long-term, can be a difficult thing to do. Trust me! I know. However, it is not impossible.
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!
An update on the Colfax boys from "Homeschooling For Excellence" Fame. Their successes and what they are doing now.
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.
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.
Helpful book recommendations can make great gifts for teenage boys. Action books and suspenseful reading keep middle school boys engaged.
There are pros and cons for uniform school dress codes. Should public schools have dress codes and uniforms? Do they really make a difference?
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.
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
Our country is foolishly moving toward preschools that are academically focused, going against what experts recommend. Find out why play should be the essence of early childhood education.
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.
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.
As the system grow more bureaucratic, the author explains what parents shouldn't accept in education. A teacher herself, she says schools are reducing students to test scores and narrowing learning.
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.
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!
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.
Sight words are words that are often used but that may not necessarily be easy to sound out using phonics. Learning how to read these words is crucial for a young child to read fluently.
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.
Children become fluent in reading with practice, and these free, engaging reading games hold their attention and keep them motivated.
How to teach children/preschoolers/toddlers about zoo animals before and while attending zoos and aquariums.
A weather guide to teaching children how to read the natural weather by looking at reliable weather folklore.
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.
These are some simple and fun ways to teach basic multiplication and division to preschoolers and kindergarten age kids.
Easy 7th or 8th Grade girls flexibility Science Fair Experiment with full instructions and research links.
The first time this project came home with my eldest son we spent time scratching our heads and having him research the internet. From internet research and two separate school projects requiring this design, my son has made a mousetrap car that goes the distance!
Christian craft projects for kids: ideas for Sunday school, vacation Bible school, CCD classes and home school.
I am a teacher of dyslexic children, and a mother of a dyslexic child. This is advice on how to help with school, homework, and self esteem.
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.
If you are a parent of a teen or maybe a teen yourself, you probably know at least a little bit about the stress that goes along with high school rumors. High school rumors are just another form of high school bullying and there are ways to support your teen and/or keep yourself sane during a time when your teen (or you) is getting bullied by other teens who enjoy spreading nasty high school rumors.
Simple steps for easy early elementary school Science Fair Project. Teach your child or a group of children how to do a Science Project.
Starting preschool is a red-letter day, but a veteran teacher encourages parents to stay vigilant throughout the entire year. She cautions moms and dads about programs that offer too much, too soon.
Homeschoolers rate better on standardized tests than public school students. Homeschool kids outperform other students in spelling bees and other academic contests.
As a former preschool teacher, I swear by this play-dough recipe that I used for years in my classroom. You'll want to make it again and again for the kids in your life and always keep some on hand.
An article on the benefits of including children with special needs in mainstream schools, and things to consider when doing so.
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.
Homework is counterproductive. It causes family stress and fails to help the child learn, teaching only resentment. This article explores why.
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.
Want a science fair project using your pet? Full instructions for a quick and easy science experiment for elementary students.
Certain activities at preschool—circle time, calendar, craft projects—are part of the routine. A former teacher with a master's degree explains why they're a waste of time and even harmful.
Waldorf Education has historically been reserved for the elite, but the philosophy can be easily and effectively applied in the home. Learn the Waldorf approach to mealtime, playtime, and more.
Early learning curriculum for preschoolers and kindergarten age kids. Learn about continents, oceans and countries.
A former preschool teacher explains what hands-on learning at preschool is and why it's so important. She urges parents to advocate for it because it's being devalued and minimized by those in power.
The child has worked hard learning short vowel words. Now, we are going to change the game a bit and explain what happens when we add silent "e" to the end of the word.
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!
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.
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.
This article features activities in a lesson to help students with vision loss and others manage and organize money.
Tired of hearing the f-word all the time? Here is a list of family friendly f-words that should be used more often.
A teacher explains why Zoo-phonics is the ideal program to teach your child how to read. It combines movement, music, and games that promote phonological awareness, the foundation for reading.