The Joy of Teaching – An Evan-Moor Blog

Sharing creative ideas and lessons to help children learn

child watering a light bulb for critical thinking

November 20, 2017
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5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Child’s Critical and Creative Thinking

Critical and creative thinking, like any other skill, must be exercised and challenged to grow. Children are increasingly spending more time in front of screens, while studies are telling us they need more time away from technology to develop their … Continue reading

paint and paint brushes laid out

November 13, 2017
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The Case for Art in Schools and Ways to Integrate Art into Your Lessons

Art is getting squeezed out of the curriculum. Yet art shouldn’t be an afterthought in our children’s education, but integrated into every subject to inspire students’ creativity, emotion, and higher-level thinking. Evan-Moor Educational Publishers was founded by two teachers who … Continue reading

November 7, 2017
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Patriotic Lessons and Activities for Veterans Day

Veterans Day lessons and activities teach our students about the sacrifices and patriotism of American soldiers who have served our country. American history lessons are important to help students understand the meaning and significance behind this holiday. November 11 marks … Continue reading

pumpkin pie classroom activity directions

November 1, 2017
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Pie, Please! – Creative Writing Prompts for November and Thanksgiving

Keep students writing in November with Thanksgiving-themed creative writing prompts. These topics can be used as journal free writes or paragraph-writing practice. Free Creative Writing Activity – Pie, Please! In this Thanksgiving creative writing activity, students are asked to imagine … Continue reading