So, Valentine’s Day is this weekend. And if your child is part of the PK-5 set, chances are that there will be a class “celebration” on Friday. Can I make a plea? Skip the Valentine’s Day candy, please!
It’s (almost) Winter Break! That glorious week plus reprieve from school for kids, and added entertaining responsibilities for parents. Teachers will tell you that kids will forget a few things over winter break, but there are easy ways to keep learning over winter break.
So snuggle up, grab the popcorn, and cue up the DVD player. Here are my TOP children’s and classic books that were made into movies.
Games. Only useful for indoor recess and those endless days before a school vacation, right? Wrong.
Today is Giving Tuesday, a day devoted to charitable giving of all kinds and to all places. And the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve is full of opportunities, both big and small, to give to others and give back to our communities or to a favorite cause.
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
Holidays are super fun. For almost every person and religion that I have encountered, these special times revolve around food, family, traditions, and community. Yet, we don’t take the time to honor or teach these very important aspects of life, or we focus on only one particular culture’s traditions. As teachers, and families, we can turn holidays into learning experiences.
Trip are awesome, and that’s a (mostly) fact! Taking a trip to anywhere gets you out of the house and experiencing something new. When you make a trip something that is educational, everyone in the family benefits!
It’s no joke: deployments suck. Suddenly a two parent house is a one parent show, the kids miss their deployed mom or dad, and learning can suffer. But you can use a deployment to help your children learn new skills and build global knowledge.
Every year, the struggle is real: what to get for the teachers in your life. Seriously, this is tough. There is a ton of stuff out there that is marketed at teachers, but most of it is actually useless or will just take up valuable space. So here’s what teachers really want (and need from you) for any gift giving occasion, straight from this teacher to you!
You can visit colonial Plymouth, or Plimoth Plantation, circa 1627. How? Through the magic of virtual field trips.
But there are ways to mark this special day, arguably one of the the most important dates of the year for the elementary school crowd. You have opportunities here to make Halloween an academic experience. So use it!
Math can be kind of boring, if we’re honest with ourselves. There are formulas, strategies, and all of those facts to memorize. Which is why using pumpkins is way cool.
Mailing Flat Stanley around the world creates cool connections to other classes and children. But military families still rock at it the most!
Treat your precious child just like every other child. Don’t hover too much, don’t butt in too often. be watchful, but let your child be a child. They, and the money you won’t spend on therapy later in life, will thank you.