The Joy of Teaching – An Evan-Moor Blog

Sharing creative ideas and lessons to help children learn

February 20, 2018
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Top 15 books that teach empathy and kindness to children

As a parent, I feel that one of the most important lessons to teach my children is empathy. Have you ever had your child become saddened about the way another person is being treated in a movie or book? Stories … Continue reading

February 13, 2018
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Tips for Teaching Multiplication and a Free Multiplication Strategy Printable

Mastering multiplication facts can be a tricky hurdle for students in the upper elementary grades. The patterns are less obvious and the numbers are larger, making those math timed tests feel like an insurmountable task. Help your students learn their … Continue reading

January 23, 2018
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Crystal Hearts Valentine Science Experiment

Incorporate science and math into your Valentine’s Day classroom celebration this year with a crystal hearts science experiment. This simple and easy salt crystal experiment is a great way to demonstrate how crystals form and to introduce the subjects of … Continue reading

How to Inspire Young Readers and Improve Fluency with Readers' Theater

January 23, 2018
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How to inspire young readers and improve reading fluency with readers’ theater

Have you used readers’ theater scripts in your homeschooling? It is a delightful reading activity to increase fluency and bring life to stories! Inspire struggling readers with interactive stories and dramatic voices! Give your children the chance to get up … Continue reading

Globe with geography games and activities title

January 2, 2018
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Geography Games and Activities for Home

Geography games and activities are a great method to promote global awareness within your home. Here are some simple activities that introduce your child to the world – including geography concepts and cultural awareness — without breaking your travel budget. … Continue reading

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

Beginning cursive instruction paper

October 31, 2017
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Cursive…Is It a Necessity or a Waste of Time?

Many argue that cursive is an obsolete skill in today’s technology-driven world. What is the best way to approach handwriting instruction in schools? Should cursive instruction be replaced with technology? Handwriting, both manuscript and cursive, are important foundations in children’s … Continue reading

Teacher playing phonics and word games with students.

October 3, 2017
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Fun Phonics Activities and Games

Teach your students to read with phonics worksheets, activities, and games. Build strong reading foundations in kinder, first grade, and second grade students. Phonics instruction plays a key role in teaching students to understand the sounds of letters and that … Continue reading

Little girl doing art. Painting with fingers.

September 11, 2017
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Art Homeschool Curriculum Guide

Teaching art in homeschooling is such a joy. As homeschoolers, we have the luxury of spending several hours at a time on artwork. In the past, we have focused on one artist and one craft project a month. It seems … Continue reading

Homeschool mom and daughter reading together.

September 11, 2017
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Language Arts: Vocabulary Homeschool Curriculum Guide

Click here to download Evan-Moor’s Vocabulary Homeschool Curriculum Guide. When my daughter was about 3 years old, she wanted to know “big words.” I got a kick out of teaching her words like “foreshadowing” or “nemesis” when we would discuss … Continue reading