The Joy of Teaching – An Evan-Moor Blog

Sharing creative ideas and lessons to help children learn

November 15, 2016
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Turkey Craft and Activities for Thanksgiving

Get a new twist on turkeys this year with this 3D wall art. The colorful feathers, simple materials, and easy instructions will have your students creating display-worthy Thanksgiving art. Incorporate some fun turkey facts and writing activities to craft your … Continue reading

September 27, 2016
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A Lesson A Day Keeps Grammar Groans Away

When I was a first-year teacher, a very dear veteran teacher bought me Evan-Moor’s Daily Language Review. After glancing over my students’ writing wall (…sigh), she surprised me with the new book. I’m forever grateful for her kindness! The quick … Continue reading

September 21, 2016
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How Many Words Per Minute Should My Child Read? A Guide to Reading Fluency.

Teachers throw the word “fluency” into parent conferences, but what does it mean, and why is it important? Fluency leads to increased comprehension. And increased comprehension matters, because in grade 3, the shift goes from learning to read to reading … Continue reading

September 1, 2016
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Fall Fun with Apples! Apple-themed classroom activities

Students everywhere are settling into their classroom routines and falling (pun intended) into the rhythm of the school day. As I walk through the produce aisle in the grocery store, I rub my hands in glee. It’s apple time! Apples … Continue reading

August 24, 2016
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Tips for Breaking through Math Barriers

I remember when I taught first grade a few years ago. It was an exciting time; a time when I learned that mathematics anxieties for teachers — whether home, school, or public — are real. These anxieties may stem from … Continue reading

August 10, 2016
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The Inside Scoop: 5 Ways to Build a Positive Relationship with your Child’s Teacher

Teachers, parents, and students alike anxiously anticipate the first week of school with some trepidation and excitement. As a parent and elementary teacher, I understand the issues that arise at home and in the classroom. School is such an important … Continue reading

May 19, 2016
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10 Ways to Avoid the Summer Brain Drain

As a parent of three children, I’ve been met with groans at the suggestion of schoolwork during the summer. However, learning can be “disguised” as summer fun, and basic skill practice can be presented in spaced practice over summer days. … Continue reading

April 12, 2016
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Military Families: Easing the Transition of Moving Schools

My children have experienced many tearful goodbyes with school friends who move across the world due to a military deployment. While heart wrenching, I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for the military child who is moving and adapting … Continue reading

March 18, 2016
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Raising Healthy Eaters and National Nutrition Month

As parents and teachers, we know that food and nutrition contribute to a child’s energy and ability to concentrate and learn. If you need fresh ideas for family lunches or dinners, or want to incorporate nutrition topics in your lesson … Continue reading

February 25, 2016
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Hands-on Thinking Activities: Find the Flower

As soon as the first wildflowers start to bloom, there is one game that appears in our homeschool room each year. My kids really enjoy solving the logic puzzles (their exact quote was “This is SO fun! I really like … Continue reading