The Joy of Teaching – An Evan-Moor Blog

Sharing creative ideas and lessons to help children learn

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

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

Halloween pumpkin filled with candy

October 12, 2017
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Halloween Math Center Activity: Candy Counting

Combine your Halloween and math lessons with this hands-on candy counting lesson. Perfect for developing students’ critical thinking skills, this Halloween activity offers practice with data collection, graphing, and algebraic thinking. Try this candy math activity for classroom centers or … 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

September 14, 2017
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DIY Pocket Protector Whiteboards

Whiteboards are an essential component of any classroom or homeschool. They offer a variety of methods and modalities for teaching, practicing, and assessing skills without using reams of paper. Whiteboards in the classroom are also highly regarded by students of … 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

Little boy writing at a table.

September 11, 2017
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Language Arts: Grammar & Punctuation Homeschool Curriculum Guide

Click here to download Evan-Moor’s Grammar and Punctuation Homeschool Curriculum Guide. Most homeschoolers are looking for ways to make learning grammar and punctuation interesting for kids. Evan-Moor has found a way to make teaching grammar fun and focused in your … Continue reading