5 Fun Multiplication Games for Kids

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Multiplication games give your children fun ways to practice and reinforce those tricky multiplication fact families. Here are five easy games you can play with your kids or they can play on their own. Multiplication Games 1) SPEED SPEED is a game that familiarizes kids with the multiples of digets 2 through 9. Janine of True Aim Education writes that her daughter … [Read more...]

Funny picture books

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You already know that picture books are imporant for all ages of children, right? And that even if your child can read chapter books, picture books offer so much in terms of engaging stories, reading something in one sitting, learning vocabulary, appreciating art, improving listening skills, as well as encouraing thinking and discussion.  Go picture books! So grab a good … [Read more...]

Collaborative Story Writing for Kids (in the Digital Age)

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Our teenage babysitter gave us the BEST writing idea -- and my kids took off with it! A Collaborative Email Story In a collaborative story, each person takes turns telling the part of the story. 1. Pick the Writers Invite trusted friends, babysitters, or family members to write the story with you. If your kids have email like mine do, be sure that you have access to … [Read more...]

15 Ways for Kids to Learn New Vocabulary

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Fluent readers need a big vocabulary. The more words a child knows, the better reader and writer he is. (Anderson and Freebody, 1981; Graves, 1986; Stahl, 1998) (DOE, NAEP, 2011) So it's up to us as parents to help our children develop a large vocabulary. The best way to learn new words is to use them, play with them, listen to them, and apply them. While it is possible … [Read more...]

Need a Tutor? I Like MindLaunch

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MindLaunch is a concierge-style, high-quality tutoring service. Not only is it all conveniently virtual, it hand-picks the perfect U.S. licensed, certified teacher to help your K-12 student. It's mission is to empower children to become adept learners. In fact, if it doesn't have the perfect teacher for you, it will search worldwide until it finds one. (But that's in very … [Read more...]

5 Parenting Strategies to Promote a Growth Mindset

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I have a daughter who dislikes challenges. She'd rather give up than persevere. This is probably hugely affected by her sensory processing disorder and ADHD. How, I don't really know. But I do know that she does not have what professor Angela Duckworth calls grit and author Carol Dweck calls it a growth mindset. Or at least it's hidden somewhere. And I'm worried. She's … [Read more...]

Entertaining NEW Early Reader Books

Early Readers 2014

Your beginning readers need good books (that make sense!) to read. You also can play fun reading games while you read. For example, try searching for words that begin or end with one sound. So, while you read, search for words that beginn with the "p" sound or end with a "d" sound. Remember to track the words across the page left to right using your finger or a reading … [Read more...]

Storytelling Play

Storytelling Play

Are you looking for more ways to encourage your kids to write and invent stories? Here are more storytelling ideas to inspire word play, storytelling, and writing. 1. Haikubes  Haikubes are meant to inspire haiku but we use them to make silly sentences. They make a great centerpiece for the dinner table. Then you can play around with the words while you're … [Read more...]