The Joy of Teaching – An Evan-Moor Blog

Sharing creative ideas and lessons to help children learn

May 23, 2017
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Finding Safe Apps: A Great Drawing and Writing Educational App for Young Kids!

One of my friends this week got a new iPhone. She was excited that she finally had room for Target’s Cartwheel app. But, her next comment to me was that her kids want her to install some apps for them. … Continue reading

May 11, 2017
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Homeschooling Overseas: How I Built My Curriculum

Ten years ago, I began homeschooling my daughter by accident. She is now a beautiful, clever, imperfect, and soulful human being, and I am proud to have her as a citizen of our beautiful planet. I began homeschooling my daughter … Continue reading

April 27, 2017
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Kindergarten Readiness Checklist: What Does My Child Need to Know for Kindergarten?

Preparing your child for kindergarten can be a stressful experience. With new learning standards, children are expected to enter kindergarten with a higher skill set than previous years. Set your child up for success and start practicing some basic kindergarten … Continue reading

April 21, 2017
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Teacher-Recommended Educational Games and Apps for Grades PreK–5

Not all of the educational games and apps available are created equal. As a parent and teacher, I have discovered most educational apps to be a waste of time and money. But you can make your child’s screen time count … Continue reading

April 11, 2017
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5 activities to get active boys and girls ready for kindergarten

If you have an active preschooler, getting your child ready for kindergarten with workbooks and seatwork can be a challenge. Here are some fun activities and games to help your child learn important kindergarten readiness skills—without sitting down! Musical Letters … 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

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

February 11, 2017
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5 Last-Minute Valentine Gifts for Teachers

The gift of giving is inherent in young students. If you look on a teacher’s desk after recess or lunch, you will find treasures of wilted flowers, colorful rocks, and even on occasion, a prized ladybug. As a teacher and … Continue reading