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.
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.
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.
Quick and easy elementary science fair project you can complete in one day. Great for animal loving kids.
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.
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.
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.
Wildlife leave animal tracks near your home. Watch for their footprints in snow, mud or sand. Use these activities to help you remember which animals go with these prints. Come look for animal tracks!
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.
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!
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.
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?
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
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.
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!
A weather guide to teaching children how to read the natural weather by looking at reliable weather folklore.
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.
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.
The 5 E lesson plan format is described and explained in this article to help teachers support inquiry-based instruction.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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."
Ofsted will love how independant these students are from a few simple ideas on how to describe a scene or character.
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.
Here is a list of picture books to help your children or students learn multiplication and division. There are even starter activities included!
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.
Looking for a great science fair project? Love to chew gum? Here you'll find complete instructions for gum science fair projects, with photos and videos. Sample project too!
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.
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!
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.
Complete, detailed instructions, links, and videos for easy and practical science fair project for 5th to 8th grade students.
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.
As the system grow more bureaucratic, the author (a teacher herself) explains what parents should expect from educators. While teachers are under enormous pressure to assess students and meet Common Core standards, they must still attend to the needs of each child—body, mind, and spirit.
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.
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.
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.
Do you have a future architect in your family? This engaging set with a book and included accessories will inspire little builders.
Want a fun and easy way to teach children the scientific process? Use these mini display boards to teach children this important process early.
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.
Compete instructions on how to do a science fair project and set up a board. Includes pictures, examples, resources and step-by step original projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Learn about ants types, ant colonies, and ant body parts for elementary age kids and homeschool. Uses a fun story to help children learn.
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.
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 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?
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.
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!
Fractions are a big part of mathematical understanding. Make it easy for kids to grasp by selecting hands-on activities.
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.
My review of the Multiplication Machine, a multiplication-learning tool that lies somewhere between vintage and modern.
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!
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.
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.
Want a science fair project using your pet? Full instructions for a quick and easy science experiment for elementary students.
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.
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.
Four simple activities for fourth-grade students to explore science, technology, engineering, and math concepts.
"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?
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.
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.
Easy and fun snow and ice science experiments for kids. Includes making frost, snow, icicles, dry ice, exploding ice, and more cool experiments.
A Cornish Rex, named Purrloom Popcorn, struggles with adapting to his new family and their house full of ghosts.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
The four natural forces responsible for flight are explored in this article with activities and discussions
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
This slime changes color with the temperature, due to heat-sensitive pigment embedded in the recipe.
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.
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.
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.
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket, as part of his Series of Unfortunate Events, is both entertaining and educational. Follow this study guide to learn about activities that can make your reading experience even better.
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.
In this article you will learn some tips and tricks of how to successfully teach children how to work in the kitchen.
What are some of the best educational games for kids online? Provided is a list of learning websites in math, reading, science and social studies for your learner. They are not only educational but fun!