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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

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

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

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM

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

Music Makes You Smarter, Compose Music, Music Education, 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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December 06, 2018
Becky Hill

Lessening Tutoring Stress with Games

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEM, STEAM

The school year can be difficult for some children, especially if they prefer to play.  The years which require a child to study and/or do homework can be hard. When a child falls behind, oftentimes a tutor is required.What happens in those tutoring sessions? In years past, some tutors would often sit and do book work. One-on-one attention is an excellent learning environment, but some children have difficulty sitting. They prefer to play.

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November 29, 2018
Michelle Parrinello-Cason

How Games Level the Teacher-Student Playing Field

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play

There are many theories as to the best way to approach the student-teacher relationship. One of the most common ways of thinking about this relationship is through the lens of how the teacher situates themselves and their expertise in the classroom.

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November 22, 2018
Ray FitzGerald

Using Meditation to Replace Typical Punishments

Learning at Home

I’ve spent most of my adulthood as both a parent and an elementary school teacher. While I’ve learned through the years that no two days are the same when you work with children; I can just about guarantee that one thing will always be constant — repercussions.

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