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
Parents working with children create an ideal learning partnership. Suggested here are some resources that can be used at home to investigate some key areas of mathematics. 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
Everyone hates homework time. But what if there were just a few simple tips you could use to make homework more enjoyable for everyone?
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.
10 Great Books to Read With Your Kids in December
One of the best things about Christmastime is all of the great books you get to read about the snow, snowmen, Santa, and hibernation, etc. You'll want to check out these 10 great books to read with your kids in December for some beautiful picks, great authors, and creatively funny stories.
Painted Christmas Tree Cards: Art Lesson for Early Elementary
Fun hands-on art lesson for early elementary children on painting a Christmas tree card in 45 minutes for Kindergarten,1st, and 2nd grade-level children. Use this with your class, homeschool, after-school program, or co-op!
"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.
Lesson About Science and Career Exploration for Children With Disabilities
The four natural forces responsible for flight are explored in this article with activities and discussions
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. This picture book with fun facts 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.
5 Tips for Your Child's First Day of Elementary School
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.
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 New Twist to Cinderella's Story
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.
Thousand Star Hotel: A Picture Book That Teaches Lesson on Wants vs. 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?
"Your Alien Returns" is a Fun Read Aloud Lesson for Fitting Into a New Community
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.
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.
"A Teeny Tiny Halloween" with a Classic Familiar Character and a New Twist for the Autumn Holiday
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.
"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.
"Oskar Loves" Invites Young Children to Explore and Appreciate the World Around Them in an Engaging Picture Book
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.
"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.
"Leaping Lemmings!" Is Your Child Learning to Avoid Peer Pressure and Make Good 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 Rocks in a Magical and Empowering Story of Strength and 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.
Mandarin Immersion Education: Our Family's Experience
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.
Picture Book That Gives Back to Environmental Conservation and Wildlife Protection
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.
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.