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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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April 04, 2019
Alana Ripy

Celebrate Mathematics Month with Our Most Mathy Blog Posts!

STEM Education / Play, Learning Through Play, STEAM

April has just begun, and it also happens to be Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month! The goal is to increase public understanding of and appreciation for mathematics and statistics. Here at ThinkFun, we strongly believe in the power of learning through play which has led us to developing games that strengthen children’s math skills. For those of you who would like to celebrate Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, we have compiled and highlighted some of our favorite math-related blog posts that have been published in our education blog.

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March 21, 2019
Ray FitzGerald

Bringing History to Life Through Time Traveling Lessons

Kids And Creativity, Creativity, Learning Through Play

It's too often that students are placed at their desks and lectured for hours about topics that neither inspire or interest them. They later get tested or quizzed on these lectures and labeled with a grade to rate their engagement with the content. The only purpose this serves is to rank students and teach them that test scores are the only way to gauge learning. But what if you could connect every day lessons to the real world — or a world that existed long before any of us were around to witness it?

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February 28, 2019
Dimitra Neonakis

Creating Poetry from Science and Nonfiction Text

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

Ever wonder how to sneak a little creativity and literacy into your science lessons without departing too far from your curriculum? Blackout poetry is a great way to use science, creative nonfiction text, and magazines to create found poetry masterpieces with your students.

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February 22, 2019
Melissa Miller

Keeping Focused When There are Distractions

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play

There’s an old saying insinuating that goldfish have a short attention span. According to recent data, that attention span is nine seconds long. If you have young children in your house, you know that goldfish may be able to hold on longer than some kids. So, what can we do to help our youth stay focused? How can I stay on track when my best friend’s third cousin just got married in Hawaii and the pictures should be on Instagram now?! Let’s take a look at staying focused-together.

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February 07, 2019
Laura Frese

Simple Ways to Shake Up Learning with Creative Movement

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play

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

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

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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