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Having the ability to communicate effectively through writing is a vital skill to have and one that will stay with a person throughout their life. Learning how to effectively communicate and the importance of effectively communicating, through writing can start with being taught at a young age. Whether students are being asked to explain in writing the solution to their math problem or having to write an essay explaining scientific results, having great writing skills can help a student succeed in all aspects of their education. At home, there are some things you can do to help foster and improve your child’s writing skills.

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June 06, 2019
Annabelle Short

How to Improve a Child's Concentration During Homework Time

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM

“Stop fidgeting and finish your homework.”

This is a statement that we may have repeated a dozen times when our kids are doing their homework. Kids are fun-loving, they talk a lot, are exuberant, curious and very energetic. Granted, it becomes challenging to get them to settle when they are studying.

Children have short concentration spans, and with the advent of technological devices, their concentration has been significantly reduced. When the task at hand is not fun, children get bored and shift their attention to more exciting activities. However, there are several techniques you can apply to improve their concentration.

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May 23, 2019
Dimitra Neonakis

Cool Classroom Activity: Strawberries and DNA

Creativity, Learning at Home, STEM

DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is responsible for containing hereditary materials for human and almost all other organisms. Although this isn’t a groundbreaking concept in the year 2019, it was groundbreaking back in the early 1950’s. Rosalind Franklin was an X-ray crytallographer and was the first person to image the DNA molecule. Her photo gave Watson and Crick evidence for the structure of DNA. Sadly, she died before the Nobel prize was awarded. Often at this time in history, women were not recognized for their contributions to science. Fortunately, due to the perseverance of strong, smart women in many fields and a changing culture, this is changing. More and more women make contributions to STEM fields and the women of the past are coming to light and gaining recognition and credit for their accomplishments.

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May 09, 2019
Michelle Parrinello-Cason

Gamification: What It Is and How It Really Works

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM

Gamification is a buzzword that you’ve probably heard a lot lately. It’s become a popular method for increasing the enjoyment and interactivity of learning and shaping behavior in many different environments. We’re seeing it pop up in schools, businesses, and our personal lives. With so much focus on gamifying our activities, it’s worthwhile to take a step back and see what it is and how it really works.

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May 02, 2019
Athena Baker

The Fun in Learning to Code Through Coding Games

STEM Education / Play, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM

From the time that I first learned Python during Sophomore year of college until today, learning how to code has always been a struggle. Prior to learning Python, I wasn’t the most technical person on the planet; I didn’t like that my coding classes consisted of boring drills, overly wordy textbooks, and meaningless coding projects that took up a HUGE chunk of my time.

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April 26, 2019
Dimitra Neonakis

Cool Classroom Activity: Slime

Kids And Creativity, Creativity, STEM Education / Play, Learning at Home

Calling all parents and teachers! Are you looking for a way to inspire in-depth discussions involving slime? If so, this lesson is just for you! Please enjoy these slime activities geared towards elementary school children. It is advised to wear goggles before starting this lesson and a “lab coat” or “lab apron” is also recommended. An old button-down shirt would work too. Children will love the concepts that will be introduced from this lesson. Prepare to have sticky fingers and lots of fun!

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April 11, 2019
Allison Duggan

The Road to Independence: Six Tips to Promote Autonomy and Celebrate Growth

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play

No one loves independence more than the founding fathers, except for maybe busy teachers, parents, occupational therapists, and fireworks vendors in July. Independence is also the dream goal that many teachers and parents want for their children. But how can we navigate the road the independence while avoiding a meltdown, power struggle, or last-minute science fair project that is half-built at 2AM the night before the deadline? Here are six simple tips that you can begin using today on your road to independence, while still enjoying the ride.

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