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“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 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 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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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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