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  • Learning to make friends is an important social skill that will become an important life long skill. Teaching young children to make friends can be fun when you add music and singing to the lesson. Here are some great songs and activities to sing with your young kids.

    Preschool Songs for Kids About Friendship

    Preschool Songs for Kids About Friendship

    by cardelean15

  • 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 Johnson24

  • Many parents that choose to give their children a home-school education could use extra money to help with homeschool expenses. This article provides ideas and resources for homeschooling parents.

    How to Find Funding for Homeschool Costs

    How to Find Funding for Homeschool Costs

    by Amy Stephens12

  • 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

  • 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.

    13 Reasons for Homeschooling You May Have Overlooked

    13 Reasons for Homeschooling You May Have Overlooked

    by Donna Cosmato13

  • When you have a child with ADHD you need to work with the child's teachers to ensure that his/her educational needs are met. There are requirements that public schools must meet, but you must ask.

    Working With Your ADHD Child's Teachers and School

    Working With Your ADHD Child's Teachers and School

    by Kari Lane0

  • Dot to Dot (or Connect the dots) activities are a great way to help your child develop and improve their fine motor skills, learn to draw, encourage creativity, and just have fun!!!

    Free Printable Connect the Dots Activity Sheets

    Free Printable Connect the Dots Activity Sheets

    by sidther lm3

  • 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.

    What Preschool Is Right for My Child: Montessori, Waldorf, or Co-op?

    What Preschool Is Right for My Child: Montessori, Waldorf, or Co-op?

    by McKenna Meyers0

  • 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 Is Hard for Introverts and How We Can Easily Change It

    Why Middle School Is Hard for Introverts and How We Can Easily Change It

    by McKenna Meyers2

  • 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.

    The Importance of an Individual Education Plan (IEP)

    The Importance of an Individual Education Plan (IEP)

    by Cari Jean15

  • 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.

    Homeschooling Curriculum for Sight Words

    Homeschooling Curriculum for Sight Words

    by Angela Michelle Schultz0

  • Making a tabbed book is quite easy! So you don't really need a template. You simply need instructions. Do you have scissors, a ruler, a stapler, and some paper? Then you can make it right now!

    How to Make a Tabbed Book

    How to Make a Tabbed Book

    by Jimmie Lanley6

  • Answers to questions a parent should be prepared to hear during the application process for today's competitive nursery and primary schools.

    Preparing for Preschool Admissions

    Preparing for Preschool Admissions

    by schooladmissions6

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Wizard of Oz is high interest reading for students in the middle grades. Explore lesson plans for the classic book as well as for the new prequel and sequel.

    The Wizard of Oz Lesson Plans

    The Wizard of Oz Lesson Plans

    by KarenTBTEN8

  • The following multiple-choice quiz tests your animal knowledge with ten questions. Choose the correct answer for each question and then compare it with the list of answers after the test. A brief explanation as well as a relevant link is included with each answer, making this suitable for parents and kids.

    Multiple-Choice Quiz: How Well Do You Know Animals?

    Multiple-Choice Quiz: How Well Do You Know Animals?

    by alocsin37

  • 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

  • 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

  • Persuasive writing is an important skill for students to learn, but you need age appropriate things for kids to write about. Here are a few prompts that are good for third graders.

    10 Persuasive Writing Prompts for 3rd Graders

    10 Persuasive Writing Prompts for 3rd Graders

    by Brian Rock0

  • 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

  • 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!

    Red Flags at Your Child's Preschool: 5 Things That Should Concern Parents

    Red Flags at Your Child's Preschool: 5 Things That Should Concern Parents

    by McKenna Meyers6

  • 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.

    Jump Rope Songs, Rhymes, and Chants

    Jump Rope Songs, Rhymes, and Chants

    by sheilamarie7899

  • Full inclusion gives students with minor learning disabilities a chance to receive the same education as their non-disabled peers. However, the system has its flaws despite good intentions.

    The Disadvantages of a Full-Inclusion Classroom

    The Disadvantages of a Full-Inclusion Classroom

    by Dean Traylor0

  • 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 Lefler2

  • 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!

    How to Build a Mousetrap Car for Science Class

    How to Build a Mousetrap Car for Science Class

    by Teresa Coppens125

  • The 5 E lesson plan format is described and explained in this article to help teachers support inquiry-based instruction.

    How to Create a 5 E Lesson Plan

    How to Create a 5 E Lesson Plan

    by Dominique Broomfield23

  • You don't need to buy pre-planned lapbook kits, because planning a lapbook yourself is easy! As an added benefit, you can customize the learning to your child's interests.

    How to Plan a Lapbook

    How to Plan a Lapbook

    by Jimmie Lanley29

  • 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.

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

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

    by McKenna Meyers2

  • 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.

    6 Fun Ways to Teach Geography to Kids at Home

    6 Fun Ways to Teach Geography to Kids at Home

    by Megan Machucho4

  • 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 Marissa18

  • Going away to college has long been seen as a rite of passage. But are all students ready to leave the nest?

    Is My Child Ready for College?

    Is My Child Ready for College?

    by ologsinquito3

  • Does your child seem to be smart at most things, yet cannot get things done on time? Does your child take forever to do easy, routine tasks? You may need to change your approach and stop getting mad.

    Understanding Slow Processing Speed in Children

    Understanding Slow Processing Speed in Children

    by Veronica Almeida0

  • Whether you are just starting out on the homeschooling journey or are a well-seasoned homeschool parent, here's the real scoop about what matters and what you need to know.

    What Homeschoolers Must Know: The Real Scoop

    What Homeschoolers Must Know: The Real Scoop

    by L C David10

  • 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

  • This article explains my favorite homeschool science curricula for elementary, middle school, and high school. There are tables that compare the books available, ease of use, and cost of each.

    The Best K-12 Homeschool Science Curricula

    The Best K-12 Homeschool Science Curricula

    by Carolyn LaCroix0

  • 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 G4

  • 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 Lefler52

  • 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!

    How to Teach Color Theory to Preschoolers

    How to Teach Color Theory to Preschoolers

    by Teresa Coppens22

  • 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.

    How to Bring the Waldorf Philosophy Into Your Home

    How to Bring the Waldorf Philosophy Into Your Home

    by Tracy Lynn Conway0

  • Following are some lessons/experiments my daughter and I have done recently on Heat Energy. Hopefully these will be useful to other homeschooling families. They are simple but they get the point across. We've had fun doing these. One way you can...

    Third Grade Homeschool Science Lessons on Heat Energy

    Third Grade Homeschool Science Lessons on Heat Energy

    by momof5moreorless21

  • How can a little flour, water, and paint become a fantastic hands-on geography project, full of educational benefits? With salt dough maps, that's how!

    How to Make a Salt Dough Map

    How to Make a Salt Dough Map

    by Jimmie Lanley0

  • No, David! is the first in a series of children's picture books starring the author's delightfully naughty alter ego. Included with the article is a sample preschool lesson for an informal preschool or library story hour.

    No, David! by David Shannon Review and Preschool Lesson Plan

    No, David! by David Shannon Review and Preschool Lesson Plan

    by Carolyn Augustine7

  • If you want to test mice through a maze, consider testing the effects of music on mice. It's actually a great experiment that has been tested over and over again in labs.

    A Science Fair Project on Mice and Music

    A Science Fair Project on Mice and Music

    by Whitney42

  • 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.

    Sending Your Child Off to Kindergarten: Are They Prepared?

    Sending Your Child Off to Kindergarten: Are They Prepared?

    by Anna Marie Bowman7

  • 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.

    Why Hands-on Learning at Preschool Is Best and Why It's Getting Diminished

    Why Hands-on Learning at Preschool Is Best and Why It's Getting Diminished

    by McKenna Meyers9

  • 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.

    The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle Children's Book Review and Preschool Lesson Plan

    The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle Children's Book Review and Preschool Lesson Plan

    by Carolyn Augustine14

  • We all know that when a child or teen is bullied it can leave some long-lasting emotional (and sometimes even physical) scars. The negative effects of bullying can range from BAD to WORSE quickly.

    Top 5 Negative Effects of Bullying

    Top 5 Negative Effects of Bullying

    by Mamma Z4

  • 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!

    17 Things Moms and Dads Do That Make Preschool Teachers Go Bonkers

    17 Things Moms and Dads Do That Make Preschool Teachers Go Bonkers

    by McKenna Meyers4

  • 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

  • Learn how to make paper mosaics with kids! These are inexpensive, easy crafts to do at home using existing supplies. This simple craft entertains even the shortest of attention spans.

    How to Make a Paper Mosaic With Kids

    How to Make a Paper Mosaic With Kids

    by LauraGSpeaks8

  • Hard lessons can be easily taught to young children when choosing the right book. Teaching stranger danger to young children is one of those lessons. A fun story can help with this lesson.

    Stranger Danger Lesson in a Fun Read Aloud Book

    Stranger Danger Lesson in a Fun Read Aloud Book

    by Cindy Hewitt1

  • 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

  • Helpful book recommendations can make great gifts for teenage boys. Action books and suspenseful reading keep middle school boys engaged.

    Best Books for Middle School Boys

    Best Books for Middle School Boys

    by LauraGSpeaks11

  • Stories about the Greek gods have been around for three millennia, and they're not going away anytime soon. In fact, they're hot again, popping up in children's literature like turkey timers on Thanksgiving. Leave your dusty old Edith Hamilton on the shelf, and take your kids on a wild ride to meet the modern-day incarnations of the Greek gods, goddesses, and monsters.

    Modern Day Greek Mythology for Kids

    Modern Day Greek Mythology for Kids

    by Brainy Bunny4

  • Making shadow puppets with your hands has been a pastime since the earliest of times as men sat around an open fire. Here's a step-by-step guide to creating your own with your child.

    How to Make a Shadow Puppet Theater

    How to Make a Shadow Puppet Theater

    by Jimmie Lanley45

  • 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.

    How to Make a Tornado Science Experiment

    How to Make a Tornado Science Experiment

    by Candace Bacon15

  • If you wonder how to get your kid to learn their German vocabulary and understand the grammar, look at my favourite choice of apps to learn German on the iPad, iPhone and other devices!

    Best Apps for Children to Learn German

    Best Apps for Children to Learn German

    by bongawonga0

  • 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!

    A Traveller in Time - Book Review

    A Traveller in Time - Book Review

    by Nell Rose30

  • 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.

    What Should a Kindergartener Know?

    What Should a Kindergartener Know?

    by Christin Sander44

  • 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

  • As an early childhood educator, I've seen how gender inequality at preschool hurts girls as they become observers in the classroom, not doers. When teachers let them wear princess dresses, praise their appearance, and limit dramatic play to a kitchen area, they're disempowering our girls.

    Picking the Best Preschool for Your Daughter: Why Gender Equality Matters

    Picking the Best Preschool for Your Daughter: Why Gender Equality Matters

    by McKenna Meyers2

  • 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.

    How to Become an Organized High School Student

    How to Become an Organized High School Student

    by Karen Hellier14

  • Gregory the Terrible Eater, by Mitchell Sharmat, teaches principles of good nutrition in a humorous way. This article contains a review of the book and related activities for kids.

    Gregory the Terrible Eater Book Review

    Gregory the Terrible Eater Book Review

    by Carolyn Augustine2

  • The debate continues as to whether chocolate milk and other flavored milk should be banned from schools, or allowed as a beverage option

    Is Flavored Milk Healthy or Too Sugary?

    Is Flavored Milk Healthy or Too Sugary?

    by Stephanie Hicks58

  • Looking for new ways to teach about continents? Here are a number of ideas you can use "as is" or adapt to make your continents lessons more fun!

    Creative Ways to Teach the Continents

    Creative Ways to Teach the Continents

    by Meryl van der Merwe29

  • Is your child having problems in middle school? If you feel like you are going through those awful years all over again, learn how to survive middle school from a parent's (and MSW's) perspective. You are not alone!

    How to Survive Middle School:  A Parents Guide

    How to Survive Middle School: A Parents Guide

    by Elsie Nelson8

  • Enhance learning from field trips by writing a field trip report. What to do before, during, and after a field trip can make writing the report easier.

    Writing a Homeschool Field Trip Report

    Writing a Homeschool Field Trip Report

    by Jimmie Lanley9

  • An all-time gym class favorite has definitely got to be kickball. Everyone can play and everyone can have fun doing it! This is a creative twist to the game of kickball, and is definitely one that kids will love to play. It will work with anyone ages 7 and up. Even the high school kids enjoy playing it in gym class! Here's how to play.

    How To Play Krazy Kickball

    How To Play Krazy Kickball

    by KStro184

  • 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

  • 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 Elias66

  • Fractions are a big part of mathematical understanding. Make it easy for kids to grasp by selecting hands-on activities.

    Hands-On Ways to Teach Fractions

    Hands-On Ways to Teach Fractions

    by Jimmie Lanley57

  • Because fully inclusive classrooms have students across the educational and developmental spectrum, it becomes a challenge for the teacher to find enough of a balance to serve all the students.

    Challenges in Special-Needs-Inclusive Classrooms

    Challenges in Special-Needs-Inclusive Classrooms

    by Toni-Marie Ramos17

  • Where the Wild Things Are, starring Max, the most wild thing of all, won the Caldecott medal in 1964 and is one of the best-loved children's picture books of all time. My in-depth review includes a sample lesson for your preschool or library story hour, craft ideas, and links to more lesson plans.

    Where the Wild Things Are Review and Preschool Lesson Ideas

    Where the Wild Things Are Review and Preschool Lesson Ideas

    by Carolyn Augustine14

  • A child's world is filled with unlimited possibilities. Suspensions, however, squash them. Stop the hurt and destruction by encouraging your schools to develop a plan of action. Give them the chance to grow into a wonderful adult! Photos by NJ...

    School Suspensions: Pros, Cons, and Ways to Improve

    School Suspensions: Pros, Cons, and Ways to Improve

    by NJ's Ponderings12

  • Learning how to run a PTA meeting properly can make or break your PTA membership. Follow these steps to make sure your next PTA meeting goes well.

    How to Run a PTA Meeting

    How to Run a PTA Meeting

    by chrissieklinger7

  • Specific Age: 4-year-olds Goal of the Activity: The goal of this activity is to get the attention and focus of children by showing them a fun fingerplay. Objectives: · Children will demonstrate their ability to count...

    Pre-K Fingerplay Activity Plan: 5 Little Dogs

    Pre-K Fingerplay Activity Plan: 5 Little Dogs

    by kmcmichael0

  • 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.

    How to Deal with High School Rumors & High School Bullying

    How to Deal with High School Rumors & High School Bullying

    by Nicole Canfield29

  • Backpacks are an essential part of a child's school day. They are functional yet designed to balance a load of supplies across the back providing comfort while preventing back injuries.

    The Indispensable Backpack

    The Indispensable Backpack

    by Dianna Mendez68

  • Have you wondered what homeschooling looks like when you are teaching multiple ages? I have been asked a number of times what our homeschool day looks like, so we finally created videos showing what w

    How I Homeschool with Seven Children

    How I Homeschool with Seven Children

    by iijuan1213

  • 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 Kearney2

  • 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

  • Children must be nurtured into becoming productive world citizens. If, as teachers, we do not possess attributes such as compassion, we do injustice to the children whom we are required to mold.

    The Human Dimension of Being a Teacher

    The Human Dimension of Being a Teacher

    by Joyette Fabien0

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