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Shake up those winter blues by incorporating some creative movement into your life! Children may be feeling a little stir-crazy in these chilly months, but you can try some simple ways to get them moving their bodies and their minds. Try these mini-dance lessons in the classroom or at home!

 

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January 24, 2019
Nupur Biswal

Improve Critical Thinking Skills With DIY Games

STEAM, STEM, Girls & STEM, Learning Through Play, Learning at Home, STEM Education / Play

In today’s technological and rapidly changing world, children need to be able to assimilate data and demonstrate critical thinking skills versus repeating a list of facts from memorization. Kids need to be critical thinkers who can make sense of information, analyze, compare, contrast, make inferences, and demonstrate higher order thinking skills.

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January 10, 2019
Ray FitzGerald

5 Ways to Get Students Moving to Retain Information

Learning Through Play, Learning at Home

If you’re like me, your life tends to be filled with a sort of controlled chaos. Throughout my teaching career, my classroom always seemed like it teetered on the brink of falling apart. My life as a parent usually feels the same — and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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January 03, 2019
Dimitra Neonakis

Cool Classroom Activity: Ice Core Mini Lesson

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

Looking to make climate change and proxy data hands on and accessible to students? Then this is the lesson for you!

In this mini-lesson, students will use simulated ice cores to make hands-on measurements and observations to help them construct an understanding of how scientists use proxy data as evidence of climate change.

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December 27, 2018
Annabelle Short

Health Benefits of Arts and Crafts for Kids

Learning Through Play, Learning at Home, STEAM, Creativity, Kids And Creativity

Most children are happy to sit down to create arts and crafts. Whether they’re just finger painting or making something personalized and intricate, it seems to keep their attention. 

This activity is more than just a bit of fun, though. Arts and crafts can also be beneficial to a child's health. Mainly, it helps to promote their development and mental health. Here, we are going to take a look at exactly how arts and crafts can be great for your child.

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December 20, 2018
Alyssa Besonen

Making Math Move with Upper Elementary Students

STEM, Learning Through Play, Learning at Home

I used to think that students were able to remain focused for a whole group math lesson that lasted 25-30 minutes long. I noticed some bored-looking facial expressions and students who were unable to respond or demonstrate understanding and after looking at the data from my students over several years, I saw a decline in their ability to understand concepts in math. I knew I needed to change my instructional approach.

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December 13, 2018
Will Tottle

Music Therapy for Kids: The Art of Expression

Compose Music, Music Education, Music Makes You Smarter, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play

Parenting is no easy task under normal circumstances, and when your child is suffering from a mental health condition, it can make things that much harder. It is a struggle for you both as you try to understand each other, and expression may not come easily to your child. This is where music therapy comes in, and it may be just what your child needs in order for you both to learn how to talk to each other and say how you feel.

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