The Joy of Teaching – An Evan-Moor Blog

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August 17, 2017
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Critical and Creative Thinking Homeschool Curriculum Guide

Critical and creative thinking skills are fabulous tools that kids can use to apply the skills they have learned. If you are looking for resources for your kids to practice critical and creative thinking skills, Evan-Moor has resources that are … Continue reading

July 18, 2017
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How to Build a Homeschool Writing Curriculum

Download your free printable homeschool writing curriculum guide here! The goal of any successful writing program is for the student to express his or her thoughts in written form. It sounds easy enough, but where do you start? Warm up … Continue reading

July 17, 2017
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DIY Paper Bookmarks

These paper corner bookmarks are simple and easy to make in the classroom or at home – and perfect for a summer reading activity, icebreakers during the first week of school, or a fun classroom activity break. All you need … Continue reading

May 23, 2017
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Finding Safe Apps: A Great Drawing and Writing Educational App for Young Kids!

One of my friends this week got a new iPhone. She was excited that she finally had room for Target’s Cartwheel app. But, her next comment to me was that her kids want her to install some apps for them. … Continue reading

May 15, 2017
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Creative Writing Prompts for the End of the Year

Summer is just around the corner, and everyone is antsy…including you. Freshen up your weekly writing routine and keep students engaged with some creative writing topics. There are a range of skills practiced in these prompts, such as: letter writing, … Continue reading

April 21, 2017
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Teacher-Recommended Educational Games and Apps for Grades PreK–5

Not all of the educational games and apps available are created equal. As a parent and teacher, I have discovered most educational apps to be a waste of time and money. But you can make your child’s screen time count … Continue reading

April 12, 2017
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Dinosaur Fossils: Earth Science Activity

Dinosaurs are a great topic to sneak into your earth science fossil unit. They engage your students’ interest easily and often produce the best writing samples of the year. This souvenir activity is a memorable way to wrap up your … Continue reading

April 11, 2017
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5 activities to get active boys and girls ready for kindergarten

If you have an active preschooler, getting your child ready for kindergarten with workbooks and seatwork can be a challenge. Here are some fun activities and games to help your child learn important kindergarten readiness skills—without sitting down! Musical Letters … Continue reading

March 2, 2017
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St. Patrick’s Day STEM Activities

St. Patrick’s Day is a great day to include a little magic in your daily lessons. What could be more fun than mischievous leprechauns, magical rainbows, and pots of gold? Make your classroom celebrations educational and engaging with these STEM … Continue reading

February 22, 2017
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3 Keys for Teaching Young Children to Read: Homeschool Ideas and Resources for PreK-3rd Grade

When we teach young children to read, we often start to think of teaching letters and letter sounds. While that is a fine place to start, what do you teach next? Teaching reading can be fun for both us and … Continue reading