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

Grammar Games

February 20, 2018
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Grammar Games and Center Activities

The best method for building grammar and punctuation skills in students’ writing is with repeated exposure throughout the school year. Improve students’ vocabulary, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation with a mixture of interactive games and language review lessons sprinkled into your … Continue reading

February 15, 2018
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Grammar and Punctuation Skills Made Easy for Homeschool

When it comes to teaching proper usage of the English language, including grammar and punctuation, many homeschoolers depend on a combination of two methods: Teach the rules of grammar and usage Review and practice language skills Teach the rules of … 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

February 12, 2018
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Honoring Abraham Lincoln in Your Homeschooling

Did you know that several presidents of the United States were homeschooled? Abraham Lincoln was one of those homeschooled presidents. He began his life on a farm in Kentucky. His family depended on him to work to help support the … Continue reading

Chalkboard with Vocabulary Words and Games

January 31, 2018
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Vocabulary Journals and Games for Your Classroom

Vocabulary instruction is directly linked to reading comprehension and word knowledge. On average, students are expected to add 2,000 to 3,000 words to their vocabulary every year! (Effective Vocabulary Instruction by Joan Sedita.) Students need multiple and engaging opportunities to … 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

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