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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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January 10, 2019
Ray FitzGerald

5 Ways to Get Students Moving to Retain Information

Learning at Home, Learning Through Play

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

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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