21st Century Skills are a hot topic in education today; some even call these skills the new building blocks for learning. Discover how you can foster 21st century learning at home.
With mobile devices like smartphones and tablets growing in popularity among young children, in-app purchasing is proving troublesome for parents.
Here are ten ways that teaching your children Spanish will expand their minds and enrich their lives.
Kindergarten teacher Shelby Moore helps you choose "just right" toys, games and books for kindergarteners.
Kindergarten teachers know the value of pretend play centers in learning. Get ideas for setting up an Imagination Station in your house!
Teach your child how to be a good friend and to understand the true meaning of friendship.
Field trips and learning vacations allow children a hands-on approach that helps kids (and adults too!) learn through immersion in an environment.
With the Scripps National Spelling Bee as one of the top educational highlights this month, let's focus on the benefits of spelling. Encourage your children to give spelling a try no matter their age!
Try these tips for disposing of old toys during your Spring cleaning routine.
As a parent of an emergent reader, you may be thinking: how can I help my child find books that are not too easy and not too hard but instead “just right”? At my school we like to call “just right” books our Goldilocks books.
Here are four fun ideas my Kindergarten students and I enjoy doing in February to celebrate Valentine’s Day. I encourage you to try them at home with your kids.
More than just an arts and crafts project, scrapbooking can also serve as a motivational tool that will enhance students' individual learning abilities.
Here are 9 easy crafts to keep kids busy on cold days indoors over the holiday break.
Parents of young children often feel pressure to get their children reading early. But putting too much pressure on children may have the reverse effect and backfire—turning them off reading completely.
After six years of meeting new kindergarteners and their parents, I thought I’d share some of the things that will help parents survive the first day—and the first year—of school.
Summer provides a great time for kids to be kids. Encourage them to get outside with these fun skill-building activities.
Parents: it's your turn to get your child excited about learning over these next few summer months.
Many schools that are not at the highest status rating have been required to to cut back their recess time or cut it out entirely.
On Father’s Day, take time to appreciate the most important man in your child’s life.
Summer vacation is right around the corner, and as much as we love it, summer tends to have a negative effect on our children's retention.
Everything we say we can write
Mother's Day is coming up this Sunday and this year it truly takes on a new meaning for me.
Millions of public school students across the nation are seeing or will see their class sizes swell because of budget cuts and teacher layoffs
Earth day should be everyday if we are teaching children to care about the environment; however, to have a day to focus just on earth day activities gives everyone a chance to give back to mother earth.
Spring has sprung and with it comes easter!
Meet Miro, our featured blogger and kid traveler extraordinaire.
You don’t need to take an exotic vacation this summer to teach your child about foreign cultures.
Young children learn best through self discovery and exploration.
If you didn't already know, there is a social networking website on the internet geared for children 13 and younger.
Every student enters Kindergarten at a different ability level.
Reading and writing go hand in hand, so just as you are helping and encouraging your Kindergartner to read it is equally important to practice writing techniques.
Reading should be a fun activity for children, but sometimes kids need a boost to get them to practice a little each night.
Brush up on oral health skills during Children's Dental Health Month.
It is very common for children to tattle especially in the younger grades. For a teacher or an adult tattling can drive you "to the nut farm" as I like to say.
This February we are welcoming the start of the 2011 Chinese New Year.
Tuesday, February 1st, was the 100th day of school!
Music sends feelings through my body and clicks the switch on the imagination.
As a parent, I'm sure you're all too familiar with your child yelling to you from the playground, "Hey, Mom/Dad, watch this!"
You can celebrate Dr. King's legacy by learning about and teaching your kids how he affected American history.
The best way to start off any new year is to make your new year resolutions –that is if you haven’t already.
Thanksgiving wasn't always full of juicy turkey and fancy china. Teach your kids about the first Thanksgiving and they'll discover plenty to be thankful for.
Create a print-rich room in your home and you’ll see an increased involvement in reading and writing activities.
Let us focus on what is really important this time of year: giving to those in need. As an educator, it is my job to not only provide my students with the necessary academic skills to succeed, but also to present and model the necessary social skills that will allow them to create long-lasting relationships and to become upstanding citizens in the community.
Involve your child in Thanksgiving preparations and discover all the teachable moments to be had.
Even as your child skips off to school, you’ll remain his most influential teacher. Follow these tips for learning at home—you’ll see a world of difference in your child’s academic achievement.
Is your child ready for kindergarten? Although each child is unique and develops at his or her own pace, most educators and developmental experts agree upon a certain set of skills as essential tools for further development and achievement in school.
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