The Joy of Teaching – An Evan-Moor Blog

Sharing creative ideas and lessons to help children learn

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 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

March 27, 2017
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Create Independent Learning with Take It to Your Seat Centers

As homeschoolers, we know it is quite important to create independent learning experiences for our children. Parents know the value of our children learning to complete tasks on their own. Since we want our kids to be able to thrive … Continue reading

March 17, 2017
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DIY Schoolyard Habitat Lesson

Often, science labs can be tedious labors of love that require tremendous amounts of time and preparation. This fun activity is a simple schoolyard observation that encourages students to put on their investigative caps and research the habitats on their … 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

February 14, 2017
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Presidents’ Day Activities for Grades 3–6

Presidents’ Day formally honors George Washington, but the holiday opens up the perfect opportunity to salute all of the men who have served our country. Dedicate a few lessons to the study of these great men. Listed below are a … Continue reading

February 14, 2017
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Presidents’ Day Activities for Grades PreK–2

Presidents’ Day is the perfect holiday to salute some of the great men who have served our country. Here are some fun activities to introduce young students to the importance of the presidency. Coin Sort (PreK–1) Students separate pennies and … Continue reading

January 31, 2017
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How to Use Math Fundamentals in Homeschooling

As homeschoolers, teaching our children math fundamentals is a priority, but it can be overwhelming. And even though I taught elementary school for 11 years before I started homeschooling, I still wanted a checklist of math fundamental skills to cover … Continue reading

January 20, 2017
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3 Simple Steps to Create a Unit on Antarctica: Grades 4–6

Take your students on an exciting journey to the remote continent of Antarctica and uncover its mysterious past and uncertain future. With its dramatic topography and fascinating wildlife, this study unit has something for every student. Step 1: Exploration Although … Continue reading