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.
Lesley Gorin's Elly and the Smelly Sneaker is an inspiring story for young girls who are looking for their "girl power." If you have a girl ages 6-10, this fun read aloud is for them.
Do you have a future architect in your family? This engaging set with a book and included accessories will inspire little builders.
This article helps parents reflect on important criteria for their child as well as for their family, based on family values, time, and their child’s learning personality in order to narrow the choices for their child’s elementary (Grades Kindergarten through 5, or K-5) education.
A recent Human Rights Watch report affirms what so many already know - school may not be as safe as we think for our LGBTQ youth.
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.
A new series of fantasy will be welcomed by fans of the mystical worlds of Potter and the popular "Game of Thrones". "Impyrium" by Henry Neff will have readers eager to dive in to new magic.
Parents hate to see their children struggle with reading and will go to great lengths to help them. But, what many moms and dads don't understand is that reading difficulties are hugely preventable.
What is that awful smell ? Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast are off on their next adventure to solve the mystery of a terrible odor in the fridge. A lesson of compassion is part of the solution.
What do your children know about money? Jamie Kyle McGillian's new book "The Kids' Money Book" has all the latest information in an entertaining read that teaches that money is not just for spending.
An American high school teacher's look at what we could learn from the French when it comes to secondary education.
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? Read one family's story.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is a children's picture book about a child's day playing in the snow. This book won the Caldecott Medal in 1963 with its groundbreaking illustrations of Peter's explorations of the snow. This article includes a story summary and recommendations for use in a preschool circle time or as part of a snow-themed library storytime.
In this article you will learn some tips and tricks of how to successfully teach children how to work in the kitchen.
Here are some stimulating activities that can help your kids retain the valuable math, reading, and science skills they learned before school closed for the summer holidays.
You always go into a classroom thinking that you are the one giving the lessons, but sometimes your students manage teach you a little something.
Ms. CeCe's preschoolers celebrate our grandparents with poetry, their favorite activities as children, grandparents around the globe, and games our great grandparents played!
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.
Do you like to upcycle? Make a simple bird feeder from a milk carton, container, or plastic gallon jug! Step-by-step instructions and a video included. Great craft for kids!
My review of the Multiplication Machine, a multiplication-learning tool that lies somewhere between vintage and modern.
Young children often experience separation anxiety when attending childcare or school. An engaging story of a pup's mom that returns is a great tool for talking with your child about their fears.
Are we sufficiently preparing the next generation for the future? An examination of the realities our kids face following graduation.
What does your young child love? Oskar the raven invites you into his world to share what he loves and to think about the things that the reader loves as you read along.
Can your child build a robot? Science Day at school brings the chance for children to create all sorts of things. This fun read aloud can inspire young children to invent something of their own.
Popular cartoon characters are often a fun way for girls to relate to when looking for a feeling of empowerment. Kathryn Lasky brings a cartoon character to life in this story of friendship.
This article is about kindergarten which is a lovely stage in a child’s life where they turned three or four but are yet to start primary school.
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
Who knew that pizza could be a peacemaker? A sneeze turns the word "peace" into the word "pizza" in Mom's wish for peace, and everyone enjoys pizza from the sky instead of fighting and arguing.
"A Servant Like Jesus" is a Christian children's book aimed at teaching how one can and should help others. What are the pros and cons of this book? What is the ideal audience?
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.
In a society that demands the adaptation to technological advances, it behooves schools to embrace the adolescent's addiciton to smart phones and utilize this to their advantage.
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.
How is your child's self-esteem? A little blue penguin in a great read aloud book will teach that how one looks on the outside is not as important as what is on the inside.
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!
Peer pressure can begin as early as the preschool and kindergarten years. Choosing fun read aloud books to discuss this concept can benefit your child when they encounter their first social groups.
Looking for a fun art project that the kids are sure to love? They'll not only enjoy wearing these adorable masks, but they'll love helping to make them as well!
How do children go from enthusiastic storytellers in preschool to reluctant writers in elementary school? The author, a teacher and parent, explains how moms and dads can promote a love of writing.
Summer gives plenty of time for reading for pleasure. School-aged children read without homework and parents can read with their pre-readers or for themselves. Motivators are offered for all ages.
Let Ms. CeCe help create your Thanksgiving or gratitude lesson plan. She provides curriculum ideas for circle time, learning centers, drama, music, and movement.
This article explains some to the advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling along with some basic information to help you make a decision on starting your journey into homeschooling.
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.
Friendships between all kinds of animals helps our ecosystems in a variety of fascinating ways. This picture book with fun facts is a great teaching tool for science classrooms.
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.
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.
Teachers are now looking 4 fresh concepts 4 starting the new year. Student success is always forefront. Retired teachers, make your grandchildren a focus 4 achievement. Share lessons lost in the box.
Getting little ones to sleep in their own beds is a common problem that every parent will face at one time or another. Let Hoot and Honk help with this fun read-aloud picture book.
Numbers, shapes, and other mathematical concepts pop up in many of our daily activities. Share these opportunities with your children as a foundation for later learning.
It is never too early to introduce our environment to children. The care of our environment is a hot topic and children notice all kinds of changes. Has your child experienced foggy weather?
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.
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.
A Little Golden Books are great children books for the whole family, Tell - a -Tale, and Other Whitman Publishing Company Treasures are wonderful stories a child can read, and keep and to grow with.
A teacher explains why moms and dads are best equipped to teach their children to read. She details the three essentials of reading instruction and why it all starts with the parent-child bond.
Reading is crucial to success in school. Don't wait, get your child a library card and start reading to him/her from babyhood onward.
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!
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!
Whether you are a teacher or parent who does homeschooling, there are many field trip options that are both fun and educational!
The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown is my all time favorite baby book. I received this book as a baby shower gift and fell in love even before my daughter was born.
Dinosaurs and birthday parties are always a favorite topic with young children. This fun read aloud combines both topics along with a life lesson in patience.
Growing plants can be complicated to explain to children. But it can be a lot simpler when it is compared to a bird building a nest. Planting is as simple as building a nest for your plants.
Moving can be stressful for children. Tammi Sauer's fun read aloud, "Your Alien Returns," is a great choice for young children to learn a lesson in fitting into a new community.
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?
Best English (including: phonics, reading, grammar, vocabulary, spelling and writing) curricula throughout the homeschool years.
Okay, you're not quite a teenager yet, you're in middle school! You want to learn to be mature. You have a mind you want to express! Look, no further, a great way is listed here!
The princess culture has invaded preschool with girls coming to class in full regal attire. A teacher explains why this trend is harmful to girls, making them spectators and not full participants.
A Cornish Rex, named Purrloom Popcorn, struggles with adapting to his new family and their house full of ghosts.
The four natural forces responsible for flight are explored in this article with activities and discussions
Use this fun Halloween sudoku puzzle as a classroom activity, for early birds, or as a homework assignment in logical thinking. Parents can enjoy this puzzle with their elementary-age children, too.
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.
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.
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.
My four years in high school played a crucial role in my development as a man. I had an amazing time, learned a lot, grew as an individual, and had some truly unforgettable experiences.
I'm a former Kindergarten teacher, and I've also had experience in Pre-K. Now, my daughter is five, and headed to Kindergarten in the fall! Allow me to share with you.
The first day of school can be stressful. Here are five tips for the first day of elementary school to help you and your student feel at ease about the big day.
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.
Parents who were children in the late 50's and early 60's will remember the classic folk tale of the teeny tiny woman and her bone. "A Teeny Tiny Halloween" brings back memories with this new book.
There are many situations where the same proverb can be thrown in to highlight a situation, especially one that generates positivity. Proverbs are learnt on a subconscious level through exposure. Once
Pumpkin-themed reading list for your preschool circle time, library storytime, or anytime! Reading lists include pumpkin-themed fantasy fiction and realistic fiction, including a few titles that are also Halloween selections.
The Common Core standards—with their push to teach reading in kindergarten through discrete skills—is not based on research and is hurting our youngest learners. Parents get the false impression that early reading has long-term benefits when it doesn't. Kids would be better served by more play.
Ms. CeCe's preschoolers welcome spring with lesson plan activities including CeCe's "Spring is Coming Song," illustrating moving picture songs, planting pansies, and working in a garden center!
The popular Okee Dokee brothers are back with a fun picture book that parents will find useful in teaching the important lesson about the topic of wants vs. needs. What do your children wish for?
Ben Clanton is back with his characters Narwhal and Jelly in this fun read aloud that teaches the power of a superhero who brings out the best in his friends.
Ms. CeCe's preschoolers explore their five senses while developing listening, math and problem solving skills in this healthy living lesson plan.
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.
As a parent, you try to help with homework. But how good are you in mathematics? Take the quiz and find out.
Is your child ready for a pet? This delightful read aloud teaches that pets need a lot of care. You probably aren't getting a lion, but this book teaches the general theme of pet care.
A book that gives back to society is a valuable tool in teaching children to contribute to worthy causes. The theme of giving back combined with animals makes this story a lovely reading experience.
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.
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.
Some fun drama activities for kids and teenagers that help develop drama skills while having a great time!
Hug the Earth lesson plan including "CeCe's Hug the Earth Song," "I Love the Earth" collage, valentine message to the earth, "going green" game, graphing, and a cooking activity.