20 Children's Narrative Nonfiction Books About Social Justice
Thorough reviews of 20 of the best nonfiction books about people who have worked for equal rights, equal opportunity, and equal treatment. Includes biographies of notable people and accounts of social justice movements.
Funny Children's Picture Books Worth Purchasing
The purchase of a children's book is a commitment. Not only financially or because it's one more item to dust, but more importantly because you may be forced to read it multiple times. These books will make both you and your littles laugh :)
Explore Math at Home: Easy Resources for Parents and Kids
Here are some resources that can be used at home to investigate some key areas of mathematics with your children. The explorations are open-ended.
Best Sites for Finding Free Children’s Books and Activities
This article includes a roundup of sites that have free, high-quality children’s books that are easy to access right from the web.
Fun Homeschool Lesson Plan: Solar System Cupcakes
Make homeschooling more fun with this interactive activity for learning about the solar system. Kids will decorate cupcakes to resemble the planets and the sun, discovering facts about each planet along the way.
15 Best New Narrative Nonfiction Books for Kids in Grades K–3
A children’s librarian provides thorough reviews of the best narrative nonfiction books for children in grades K–3. She points out special aspects of the books that would be of interest to teachers and parents.
Monet, Monet, Monet: Waterlily Art Projects for Kids
These are a couple of fun and beautiful projects to make with elementary-aged kids at home in the style of Claude Monet.
5 Tips to Make Homework Less Stressful for Everyone
Homework time can be a stressful experience for all involved. However, there are a few simple tips to make this activity easier to process.
10 Great Books to Share With Your Kids for Valentine's Day
These 10 great books to share with your kids for Valentine's Day should be at the top of your holiday list this year. They teach concepts like sharing, showing love, cooperation, being a good friend, and more. You and your kids are sure to enjoy them.
"Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" Quiz Questions and Answers
"Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" is a TV game show quiz that can be integrated into your lesson plan at school or even played at home. Children of elementary and even middle school ages can learn a lot of general knowledge topics, helping them turn into well-rounded, educated world citizens.
A Homeschooling Mom's Guide to Navigating Power Homeschool: View Student Progress (Formerly Acellus Homeschool)
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.
Teaching Nature, Friendship, and Our Ecosystems in a Fascinating Picture Book With Quirky Animal Partnerships
Friendships between all kinds of animals helps our ecosystems in a variety of fascinating ways. 'Amazing Animal Friendships: Odd Couples in Nature' is filled with fun facts and is a great teaching tool for science classrooms.
A Teacher's Guide to Teaching Children How to Cook
In this article you will learn some tips and tricks of how to successfully teach children how to work in the kitchen.
How to Teach Problem-Solving to Kids With the Book "World Pizza" by Cece Meng
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.
Introduce Environmental Topics to Children Using the Picture Book "Fog"
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?
Teaching Children About Pet Care From Tammi Sauer's Book, Caring for Your Lion
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.
Josh Funk's 'The Case of the Stinky Stench' Is a Fun Read Aloud for Young Mystery Readers
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.
"Elly and the Smelly Sneaker": A Twist to Cinderella's Story
Elly and the Smelly Sneaker is a great story for girls looking for their "girl power." If you have a girl ages 6-10, this is fun to read aloud.
Thousand Star Hotel: A Picture Book That Teaches Wants Versus Needs
Trying to teach your kids about "wants" versus "needs"? 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? What do they need?
Booktalks for Children's Graphic Novels: A Teacher and Librarian Resource for Book Talks for Kids Grades 3-6
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.
Do You Remember "A Teeny Tiny Halloween"?
Looking for good Halloween books for your kids? Parents who were children in the late 50s and early 60s 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 you can read to YOUR children!
"I Love Construction Vehicles": Book and Accessories for Your Young Builders
Do you have a future architect in your family? This engaging set with a book and included accessories will inspire little builders.
"Pup in the Shoe": Life Lessons of Unconditional Love and Family Loyalty in Colorful Picture Book for Young Children
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.
Books to Help Your Child Avoid Peer Pressure
Want to help your child learn to make independent decisions? 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.
"More Than Magic": Girl Power and a Magical Story of Friendship
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.
Is Mandarin Immersion Worth It? One Family's Story
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.
4 Huge Concerns You Should Have About Your Child's Elementary School Teacher
Today, elementary school teachers are under enormous pressure to assess their students' progress and comply to Common Core standards. In the process of doing this, though, they can neglect the whole child (body, mind, and spirit) and that's when parents need to step in and advocate for their kids.
Robot in the Classroom Brings Hilarious Chaos to Science Day
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.
Booktalks for Spooky Children's Books: Audience Participation Book Talks for Kids Grades 3-6
Spice up your spooky fiction booktalks with audience participation. Here you’ll find ideas for ways to get the children involved along with complete booktalks for several kids’ spooky fiction books.
Why Your Child's School Needs a Perceptual-Motor Program and How to Start One
If you're like me, you fondly recall the perceptual-motor program at your school: walking on a balance beam, crawling through tunnels, and skipping around cones. It was not only fun but enhanced your balance, coordination, and gross motor skills. It's now time for parents to demand its return.
How to Teach Your Child to Read With Zoo-Phonics and Have Fun Doing It
A longtime educator explains why Zoo-phonics is ideal for parents who want to teach their children how to read. It combines movement, music, and games that promote the foundation of early reading.
Art Lessons and Projects for Children: Andy Warhol and Pop Art
Learn about Andy Warhol and the pop art movement that started in the mid-1950s. Step-by-step instructions are also included for a project where children can create their own piece of pop art.
Getting Creative With Collage: A Fun, Easy, and Open-Ended Art Project to Do With Your Child
As an educator myself, I get frustrated by the teacher-directed art that rules at schools today. The projects look the same and do nothing to promote creativity, independence, and initiative. Fortunately, parents can encourage their kids to do collage at home—simple art that inspires originality!
3 Easy Ways for Parents to Help Kids Love Writing, Not Loathe It
Many kids are falling through the cracks and find writing to be frustrating and stressful in a school setting. Here are some ways parents can instill a love of writing in their children.
A Review of the 57 Best Narrative Nonfiction Books for Kids
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.