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.
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.
Objective: To help children learn the basic note values and to show how to organize them into measures of music.
The labor of Puritan life is frigid compared to Kit's childhood of relaxing warm beaches. Living near the recent Salem witch trials, she must decide what she’s willing to sacrifice for those she loves
These 10 free websites are awesome for entertaining toddlers while teaching them important school-readiness skills.
This article explains what Acellus steps are, and also goes over how to avoid cheating Acellus and how to manage the account screen.
Four simple activities for fourth-grade students to explore science, technology, engineering, and math concepts.
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.
Simple steps for easy early elementary school Science Fair Project. Teach your child or a group of children how to do a Science Project.
I'm a homeschooling mother of two children. I was nervous about homeschooling. What if I fail at this? What if my children don't learn anything? What are my in-laws find out? What am I forgetting? I recount the good, the bad, and the wonderful in my first year of being a homeschooling mom.
Want a fun and easy way to teach children the scientific process? Use these mini display boards to teach children this important process early.
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.
Complete, detailed instructions, links, and videos for easy and practical science fair project for 5th to 8th grade students.
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.
Teach the Sunday school lesson about Paul and Silas in a hands-on way that kids will remember for a long time. Use simple paper chains to make pretend handcuffs and then watch how much fun the students have breaking their "chains."
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.
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...
Do you understand the mental health of your two year old? Social-emotional skills are essential to being a healthy adult, and these activities are for preschool teachers to use in the classroom.
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!
If you're wondering whether Brainetics is a good investment to help your child with math, then read this review to find out all the possible advantages and drawbacks from the product.
Want a science fair project using your pet? Full instructions for a quick and easy science experiment for elementary students.
A fun science experiment. Grow your own salt crystal garden. It's easy, and uses items you have around the house.
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.
If your girl is a reluctant reader , a girl who is just not into reading, check out this site which has useful tips and lots of suggestions for materials that will spark her interest
In this article, I discuss over a dozen different board games that are ideal for the elementary school classroom. I include variations and resources for many of these games.
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.
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.
Streaming refers to the grouping of students by ability. The objective is to allow like students to move ahead at a pace which matches their abilities. I am a strong advocate for streaming.
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.
If you have had a negative experience at your child's school, consider writing a complaint letter. These examples of complaint letters might help you write your own letter.
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.
Whether you are a teacher or parent who does homeschooling, there are many field trip options that are both fun and educational!
The 5 E lesson plan format is described and explained in this article to help teachers support inquiry-based instruction.
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.
Research shows young children learn best through play at preschool. But, because of standardized testing and academic rigor, a "push-down" curriculum has replaced exploration, hands-on learning, playing, and pretending. Unwitting parents think this results in smarter kids, but it doesn't.
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.
Children build their knowledge through experiencing ordinary household objects and exploring nature at playtime. Here are some fun, educational things to do with kids that will expand their world.
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!
As a long-time educator, I'm disheartened by the way we now teach reading to young children: making them memorize sight words, drilling them on digraphs and blends, and emphasizing speed over comprehension. Most tragically, parents are often left out when they're the best reading teachers of all!
A complaint letter to a principal shows that you are serious about this matter. If you have had a lice issue at your child's school, consider writing a complaint letter.
You can stimulate language skills, imagination, and creativity through simple activities with preschool age children. Learn more about how to do it here.
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.
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.
Uniforms can help prevent bullying and violence over appearance, and discourage the theft of shoes and clothing.
The Sandwich Swap by Kelly DiPucchio is a fantastic tale that promotes diversity and understanding among children. It is a great story for the classroom; I've also includes some extension activities.
It's a sad state of affairs today when practices at America's preschools don't mirror the latest findings in brain research and the critical relationship between reading, literacy, and play. Preschools are misleading parents, making them believe academic rigor at an early age is best when it's not.
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.
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.
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.
Chinese New Year marks the beginning of the Chinese calendar year and each year is named after an animal. This Chinese Zodiac is an animal story based on the great race and should be in your short bedtime stories for kids collection
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.
Early learning curriculum for preschoolers and kindergarten age kids. Learn about continents, oceans and countries.
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.
Bullying impedes student progress, hurts morale and can cause emotional distress. If your child has been the victim of school bullying, consider writing a complaint letter to the principal.
Junior High students can come up with some pretty funny answers to test questions. Although hilarious, teachers look for ways to help students relearn concepts missed.
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.
Here I take a brief glimpse at Hamlet's speech to the players and briefly discuss Shakespeare's take on the actor.
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!
Teaching number sense from 1-100 to young children can be challenging, but is important for a strong foundation in math. This magnetic 100 board made a huge difference for us.
Popular short stories for students and teenagers. Great choices for those new to the short story and experienced readers.
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.
An American high school teacher's look at what we could learn from the French when it comes to secondary education.
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!
Looking for ways to teach your kids about money? Find 6 fun and educational money games you can play at home to help your child identify the different coins and their values.
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.
Through verbal praise, behavior charts, and reward systems, discover positive ways to reinforce good behavior in young children.
Choosing a school setting for your child can be difficult. This article discusses the pros and cons of public school, private school, and homeschool, helping the reader to think through each option.
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.
There are pros and cons for uniform school dress codes. Should public schools have dress codes and uniforms? Do they really make a difference?
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.
This article discusses the benefits of assessing the learning styles of students early on and using them reduce the number of special education referrals.
Here is a list of picture books to help your children or students learn multiplication and division. There are even starter activities included!
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.
Ever wonder if the songs you're singing to your children had a double meaning? Here you'll find the theories or life events that sparked each rhyme.
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.
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.
The debate continues as to whether chocolate milk and other flavored milk should be banned from schools, or allowed as a beverage option
Calendar, craft projects, teacher-directed lessons, worksheets, and "letter of the week" are part of the daily routine at preschool but are they supported by research? A former teacher explains why they're not only a waste of time but even detrimental.
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.
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.
Ms. CeCe's preschoolers explore their five senses while developing listening, math and problem solving skills in this healthy living lesson plan.
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert is a whimsical children's picture book containing a family of collage-art snowmen. Use the ideas in this article to augment your preschool curriculum.
Christian craft projects for kids: ideas for Sunday school, vacation Bible school, CCD classes and home school.
Alphabet recognition is an important prerequisite to reading and writing. Here are some fun ways to work on learning the alphabet, such as alphabet puzzles, books, iPad/iPhone games, and Android alphabet games.
Some common misconceptions and myths about homeschooling from the socialization myth to the idea that we are all religious.
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!
Let Ms. CeCe help create your Thanksgiving or gratitude lesson plan. She provides curriculum ideas for circle time, learning centers, drama, music, and movement.
These are some simple and fun ways to teach basic multiplication and division to preschoolers and kindergarten age kids.
Grocery shopping is such a mundane activity that I didn't consider spending extra time there on a field trip. However, our trip to Publix proved me wrong!
Parents in the United States are enthralled with academic preschools, buying into the belief that earlier is better. However, research shows that play is how kids learn best. It enhances their imaginations, promotes exploration, increases vocabulary, and builds social skills.
Let CeCe help design your fall "Getting To Know You" lesson plan. Curriculum ideas for circle time, learning centers, movement, music and dramatic play ideas are provided.
Homework is counterproductive. It causes family stress and fails to help the child learn, teaching only resentment. This article explores why.
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.
We're now experiencing the effects of less play and pretend in kindergarten as children and teens have higher rates of depression, anxiety, narcissism, and suicide. We need only to look at Germany, Japan, and Finland to get back on track and restore joy and wonder to the classroom.
Easy and fun snow and ice science experiments for kids. Includes making frost, snow, icicles, dry ice, exploding ice, and more cool experiments.
Immersion education may have become all the rage, but what is it really like to send your child to a school where everyone speaks a foreign language? This is our family's story.
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.
Leading a prayer walk for your school? I give tips, ideas, Bible verses, and step-by-step instructions to help you.
A teacher explains how hands-on learning at preschool makes children curious, passionate, and self-motivated. They see themselves as the source of knowledge, not their teachers. Sadly, though, hands-on learning is being diminished as politicians demand that kids get prepped for kindergarten.
Fractions are a big part of mathematical understanding. Make it easy for kids to grasp by selecting hands-on activities.
A teacher explains what phonological awareness is, why it's important, and how parents can promote it, turning their children into strong readers, writers, and spellers.
Is probability stumping your students? Literature is a great way for you to help guide your students' thinking around chance events. Here is a list of books along with some activities that are sure to help strengthen your children's understanding of probability.
A weather guide to teaching children how to read the natural weather by looking at reliable weather folklore.
Homeschoolers rate better on standardized tests than public school students. Homeschool kids outperform other students in spelling bees and other academic contests.
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.
Want to teach your child some basic math concepts? Read on to find out how an abacus make learning math easy and fun for your child!
School is not always the educational sanctuary it is supposed to be. Here are nine reasons you should keep your child out of school.
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?
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!
Five great literary picks for moms and dads who have little ones struggling with going to daycare, school, or saying goodbye. These books are fun to read, and teach a lesson!
Ms. CeCe's preschoolers celebrate our grandparents with poetry, their favorite activities as children, grandparents around the globe, and games our great grandparents played!
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.
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.
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.
How to teach children/preschoolers/toddlers about zoo animals before and while attending zoos and aquariums.
Discover the wonders of atmospheric pressure on an aluminum can. This article will teach you how to conduct this experiment and explain how and why it works.
Going against decades of research in early childhood education, preschools today have become more academic than ever. Youngsters are now guinea pigs in an experiment that may prove highly detrimental to their futures and ours.
"Chrysanthemum" by Kevin Henkes is a timeless children's picture book about bullying. Chrysanthemum is a cute little mouse with a very big name and an even bigger problem: relentless teasing by the other kindergarten students because she has a long name!
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.
This article has printable kindergarten worksheets that you can download and print to make learning fun.
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.
Full inclusion or mainstreaming is the new trend in special education. Still, many students with disabilities need support in the classroom. Co-teaching can offer that needed help.
The transition from elementary school to middle school can be overwhelming for many students. Here are specific organization strategies to help middle school students be successful.
Tips to running a toddler classroom while keeping structure and order in a room full of one year olds.
Easy 7th or 8th Grade girls flexibility Science Fair Experiment with full instructions and research links.
An update on the Colfax boys from "Homeschooling For Excellence" Fame. Their successes and what they are doing now.
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 fun drama workshop lesson plan for 8-10 year old pupils which will teach them how to create characters and write a creative ending for a story.
Use the story of how Peter raised Dorcas (or Tabitha) from the dead to teach children about God's power over life and death. This lesson is for elementary level students and contains a craft and two free worksheets.
Choosing a preschool can be overwhelming. A long-time early childhood educator urges parents to pick a place with a strong philosophy that attracts a community of like-minded moms and dads. She recommends Montessori, Waldorf, and play-based cooperatives.
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.
This slime changes color with the temperature, due to heat-sensitive pigment embedded in the recipe.
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.
How do you explain space to kids? Here are some facts about space for kids, and fun activities for the whole family!
There are so many different things to think about when applying for college, and it starts as a high-school freshman. This is a year-by-year look at the college acceptance process.
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.
Best English (including: phonics, reading, grammar, vocabulary, spelling and writing) curricula throughout the homeschool years.
This four-week unit plan for Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and the American dream includes a pacing guide, daily lesson plans, pre-reading activities, in-class essays, related readings, review games, and exam topics.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
Obsession or ally? How Lego contributes to a homeschool education by developing problem-solving and fine motor skills.
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
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.
Full instructions for winning middle school science fair project using robot made from NXT Lego Mindstorms.
Find the best books and resources for elementary school-aged kids to learn more about the human body, cells, and genetics.
Are you wondering how many hours a day you should homeschool, how your kids can make friends, or if it will work for your family? Get answers to frequently asked questions from a former homeschooled kid and current homeschooling mom!
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!
Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel is a classic children's book that lends itself to reading aloud in a storytime setting. However, this story of a boy with a very long name is the subject of some controversy. This article offers recommendations for using in your classroom.
This lesson teaches about God's faithfulness and Joseph's obedience and trust in God. Students learn why Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery. A variety of free printable activities and worksheets are included for the teacher’s convenience.
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!
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.
An article on the benefits of including children with special needs in mainstream schools, and things to consider when doing so.
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.
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.
One-third to one-half of preschoolers are introverts. There's little acknowledgement of this reality, though, at most preschools today. Kids get crammed into noisy classrooms with constant interaction and teacher-led lessons with little or no time for quiet moments and self-directed learning.
These online tools and poetry collections provide guideposts and inspire children writing and reading poems in a broad range of styles.
How to help prepare your child for preschool interviews. Questions they may be asked and suggested answers.
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!
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.
Honest and candid insight from a real parent. Connections Academy is an online public school serving grades K-12. This guide will help you determine if this is the right fit for your 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.
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. Learn how to use resources to improve their math skills.
This article features activities in a lesson to help students with vision loss and others manage and organize money.
Reading Fluency ~ Two words when spoken by your child's teacher can put such fear into a parent's heart. Take heart. We've faced the 'Reading Fluency' dragon and won that battle. Here is our story.
Would you buy a cookbook where you couldn't eat 99% of the recipes. We did. It is a keepsake that we will pass on.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An educator and mom 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. It lets kids be kids as they act silly, wriggle, and use their imaginations.
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!
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.
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.
Almost every preschool in the United States has circle time as part of its daily routine. Research, though, shows kids learn more with small group activities, kinesthetic learning, and hands-on exploration.
Create edible models of bone parts, use stickers to label the bones on your body, dissect soup bones and muscles, design workouts for individual muscle groups, and more!
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.