How to Teach Online: A Complete Guide for Beginners

According to Forbes, the pandemic brought about a sudden increase in the demand for online classes and tutors since students could no longer attend school physically. Today, online classes have come to stay and have changed the course of learning drastically. Being an online instructor or educator has become a lucrative job as the working hours are flexible and you get to help kids understand math better. But let’s focus on students for a second and consider how best to provide value for them. How do you prepare your classes so that students can get value for their money? Continue reading.

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Back to School Essentials

As summer winds down, that could only mean one thing… Back to School SHOPPING! When my kids were younger shopping for school meant loading everyone up in the car and spending hours upon hours winding up and down the same aisles in stores looking for the perfect folder or pencils or lunchbox or…..  Those days are long gone thanks to the World Wide Web. Now all of your Back to School Essentials are only a click away! We have compiled some of the “must haves” for this back to school season! Grab a coffee and your kids and enjoy shopping from the comfort of you home.

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5 Ways to Improve Writing Skills for Your Kids

Writing is the fundamental skill required for communication and future children’s studying and development. In this article, we are going to take a closer look at the components writing skills include and what methods to use to improve writing skills for your children. 

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4 Gifts to Help Your Child Take Greater Pride in Their Dance Lessons

Dance classes can be incredibly beneficial for kids. Enrolling children in dance lessons can build self-confidence while teaching dedication and discipline. Make sure your child feels proud of their dancing abilities with the following suggestions.

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3 Fun Activities That Teach Your Baby to Count

In kindergarten or first grade, your child is typically exposed to different teaching methods to help them learn and become proficient with counting. Children learn as they play. As a parent, however, you can be proactive by using various activities at home before this time to accelerate the learning process. Continue reading “3 Fun Activities That Teach Your Baby to Count”

How to Make Homeschooling Work for Artsy Students

Making homeschooling work for artsy students is key to an engaging experience. You know because you have a student needing these considerations.

Some of the considerations to include for artsy students are: using flexible schedules; creating opportunities for new artistic expression and creativity; community outreach and mentoring opportunities with arts; connecting art thematically through the curriculum in ways that reflect your student’s interests; and, the opportunity to learn about and play with new mediums that inform, inspire and encourage students to move beyond their current knowledge base and expressions.

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4 Surprising Reasons Your Child May be Struggling in School

If you’re like most parents, you want your child to excel in every area of life. This includes academics. Yet in some cases, parents are disturbed or disappointed to find that their young girl or boy is struggling in school.

When this is the case, it’s important to identify the issues that may be preventing your child from operating effectively within the educational setting. Below you’ll find four surprising reasons that your child might be struggling in school.

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Pinning Insects – Homeschool Project

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Have you ever pinned a bug? 🙂 I admit it – I was not looking forward to our upcoming insect study.

We attend a co-op class on Fridays. There, we meet with other homeschoolers for a science class. Initially we were told to catch bugs and kill them. Well, we couldn’t go through with that plan! 😉 It wasn’t like smashing one with your shoe or the fly swatter. No, we needed them intact to study. 🙂

Luckily a friend of mine found some insects that were already dead and saved them for me. (True Friend!) Other brave souls caught them and placed them in a jar with an alcohol saturated cotton ball. Some even froze their bugs to kill them. If you choose the freezer method – beware! They may just wake up after thawing out. 😉

The kids identified the insects, studied them, named them, and then we pinned them.  One super nice lady even had extra insects and gave one to my son. My only advice to you is make sure your insects are dead before you pin them! Once we got home my son realized the bee that the super nice lady had given to him was still alive! Yes, pinned and alive! The only thing I could think of was to put the container of insects into the freezer!

After a couple of hours we peaked inside the box and didn’t notice any further movement. Whew! Let’s just say it is a study we will never forget! 😉

Fling the Teacher! Simile & Metaphor Game {extra practice}

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Here is a fun game to teach your child the difference between a simile and metaphor. I used it for my 5th grader for extra practice yesterday and she played three times. 🙂

The student can create their own teacher with features.  (I just snipped a preview above)

Then, they have to answer all 15 questions correctly to build a catapult that will fling the teacher at the end. 😉  Fling the Teacher was a fun way to practice skills. (Update: the site has been closed. The game is no longer available)  They will want to keep going until they answer all questions correctly!

Recommended for 4th and 5th grade.