The Joy of Teaching – An Evan-Moor Blog

Sharing creative ideas and lessons to help children learn

Children reading at a table

January 16, 2018
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3 Reading Comprehension Strategies to Teach Author’s Purpose

Analyzing texts and determining an author’s purpose is an important reading comprehension strategy for students to develop in our information-filled society. Teach your students to identify an author’s purpose by focusing on recognizing the text structure and determining important information. … Continue reading

January 8, 2018
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How to Incorporate Critical Thinking into Your School Day

Students need to develop higher-order thinking skills such as inquiry, evaluation, and analysis to be successful in the classroom, on assessments, and in the real world. But how do you incorporate critical thinking activities into your already stuffed curriculum? Here … Continue reading

Globe with geography games and activities title

January 2, 2018
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Geography Games and Activities for Home

Geography games and activities are a great method to promote global awareness within your home. Here are some simple activities that introduce your child to the world – including geography concepts and cultural awareness — without breaking your travel budget. … Continue reading

December 18, 2017
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3 Benefits of Homeschooling While Traveling Overseas

My homeschooling adventures began ten years ago when my daughter was six years old. At the time, I had no idea that my personal life and career were going to change radically, requiring my daughter and me to travel frequently. … Continue reading

December 4, 2017
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Every Snowflake Is Different: Snowflake Crafts and Writing Prompts for Your Classroom

Inspire creative writing in your classroom this month with paper snowflakes, lovable snowmen and winter writing prompts! What is a winter wonderland without snowflakes? Turn your classroom into a beautiful paper blizzard with a fun and easy snowflake project for … Continue reading

November 29, 2017
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How to Teach Evidence-Based Writing in 5 Easy Steps

Evidence-based writing is an important component in today’s writing curriculum. Students are expected to support their writing with text-based evidence and clear arguments. These writing lessons can become overwhelming and laborious for teachers and students alike. Keep confusion to a … Continue reading

child watering a light bulb for critical thinking

November 20, 2017
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5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Child’s Critical and Creative Thinking

Critical and creative thinking, like any other skill, must be exercised and challenged to grow. Children are increasingly spending more time in front of screens, while studies are telling us they need more time away from technology to develop their … Continue reading

paint and paint brushes laid out

November 13, 2017
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The Case for Art in Schools and Ways to Integrate Art into Your Lessons

Art is getting squeezed out of the curriculum. Yet art shouldn’t be an afterthought in our children’s education, but integrated into every subject to inspire students’ creativity, emotion, and higher-level thinking. Evan-Moor Educational Publishers was founded by two teachers who … Continue reading

Pilgrim turkey holding Thanksgiving lessons

October 23, 2017
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Easy and Inspiring Thanksgiving Lessons and Activities

Keep students focused through the holidays with quality Thanksgiving lessons, crafts and games on the pilgrims, Plymouth, and the Mayflower. These Thanksgiving lessons and activities are a great addition to the classroom and don’t require too much prep work to … Continue reading