The Joy of Teaching – An Evan-Moor Blog

Sharing creative ideas and lessons to help children learn

March 31, 2015
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Art Projects Using Items You Actually Have Around the House

Do you ever find yourself browsing the web for fun things to do with students and then realize that most of the crafts require a drill, jackhammer, or ten pounds of kitty litter? With teachers and parents in mind, I’ve … Continue reading

March 24, 2015
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What if my child isn’t reading? Research-based tips to nurture basic reading skills.

Without a doubt, a child’s ability to read proficiently and fluently has proven to be an indicator of success in school. Research shows that “Reading proficiently by the end of third grade is a crucial marker in a child’s educational … Continue reading

March 20, 2015
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Teaching Kids to Think like an Author

Once children are actively reading, the next critical step is getting them to understand the author’s role in a book. After we read a book, it is always interesting to hear my students answer the question, “Why do you think … Continue reading

March 18, 2015
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An Egg-cellent Science Experiment

When April comes around, eggs, dye, and vinegar fill classrooms and kitchens everywhere. Let’s skip the dye and get straight to the egg. Our science experiment, The Yolk’s on You, uses eggs soaked in vinegar to show us eggs in … Continue reading

March 10, 2015
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Easy school fundraising ideas—and no door-to-door sales involved!

Wouldn’t it be great to raise money for your child’s school while making everyday purchases? Here are a few easy and effective fundraising ideas, plus resources for other fun and simple moneymakers for schools and nonprofits. Dine out nights: Raise … Continue reading

March 3, 2015
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Catching Leprechauns – Kindergarten Fun for St. Patrick’s Day

Trapping magical leprechauns appeals to the imagination of young children. My teenage children still remember the delight in finding their kindergarten classroom turned upside down by mischievous leprechauns on St. Patrick’s Day. Their kindergarten teacher created memorable traditions around St. … Continue reading