STEAM YouTube Channels for Elementary Kids

STEM STEAM YouTube Learning Channels for Kids

A homeschool reader wrote to ask me my recommendations for educational YouTube channels. Which is a really fantastic question -- and deserves a few blog posts, don't you think? Let's start with the best  S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) YouTube channels. You know that it's hard to sift through the massive amount of channels, and find what's best … [Read more...]

The Benefits of Mind Mapping STEM Concepts

Thinking maps and visual thinking with Post-it Notes

Mind mapping STEM concepts using the Post-it® Super Sticky Notes, Flags, and Tabs from the Post-it® Brand World of Color Rio de Janeiro collection allows students to visually see the connections between ideas or information. In a mind map, each fact or idea is written down with lines connecting to other ideas or facts. This is an important tool when … [Read more...]

Your Studying Strategies Aren’t Working (& What To Do Instead)

best study and learning strategies for students

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Reedier III and Mark A. McDaniel takes the latest research in cognitive psychology and other disciplines and synthesizes it into practical learning and studying strategies. And it's not what you think. In fact, how you studied in your educational life probably wasn't the best method. What's more, how … [Read more...]

STEM Study Tips for Teens

STEM study organization with Post-it Notes, Flags, and Tabs

Students in high school need study and organization tips that emphasize visual learning, especially with STEM topics. Most parents agree that STEM topics are essential subjects but are also subjects in which their children struggle. Students can use Post-it® Super Sticky Notes, Flags and Tabs from the Post-it® Brand World of Color Rio de Janeiro collection with these helpful … [Read more...]

8 Stellar Picture Book Biographies

nonfiction picture book biographies

I'm excited to share with you 8 recently published picture book biographies for your classroom (Common Core, anyone?) and for your home. These biographies pair first-rate writing with artwork with outstanding illustrations to engage and inform your children. Enjoy! 8 Picture Book Biographies Marvelous Cornelius Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans by Phil … [Read more...]

Table Time Learning Tablecloth

tablecloth for learning math

I'm loving the Table-Time Look & Learn “Mostly Math” learning tablecloth! Can you imagine sitting at this educational tablecloth? Your kids, ages 18 mos. to 6 years, will discover 20 fun, interactive math concepts. Table Time Learning Tablecloth for PreK - K Here's the whole picture of what's on the tablecloth . . . Look how many concepts! Sit here and you'll get … [Read more...]

40 Coding Classes, Websites, Games, and Apps for Kids

coding for kids

If you're looking for coding or pre-coding classes, games, toys, and apps, for your kids to learn to code, you'll find everything you need here. But first, let's define terms. Coding is learning a foreign language -- a machine foreign language. Just like any language, the ability to read and write it is a literacy of it's own. The biggest benefit of learning to code is … [Read more...]

Talking to Kids About Sex

talking to kids about sex ed

I just sat down and watched a sex video with my 13-year-old. Well, a sex education video -- that was pretty detailed with anatomical models. In this day when kids are exposed to so much, so young, I wanted my kids to be educated and prepared. Seeing exactly what the "deal" is will be to her benefit. Hopefully. Talking About Sex with Kids Long before we watched the video, … [Read more...]

30+ Addition and Subtraction Apps

addition apps for kids

Download these addition apps and subtraction apps for your kids to learn and practice their math facts! I've found over 30 for you to check out -- many of which are free. 30+ Addition Apps and Subtraction Apps More or Less FREE Android Don't miss this app -- it's visually clean and beautiful and provides EXCELLENT visuals to correspond to the numbers! Love … [Read more...]

Favorite Cookbooks My Kids Actually Use

best cookbooks for kids

About 5:30 in the evening I start imagining a fairy god-cook who whisks in and whips up a healthy meal. Since that's NOT happening, I figured I better keep working on my kid's cooking skills. Thus, I must find cookbooks my kids will actually like and use. They already pack their own lunches and can make breakfast, pasta, frozen pizza, and hot dogs. But their idea of cooking … [Read more...]