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  • Smiling Little Girl holding Pen and Writing on Paper
    Indoor Activities
    Learning to Write: The Incredible Expanding Sentence
    Learning to Write: The Incredible Expanding Sentence Incredible Expanding Sentences (also known as sentence pyramids) are a good way for your child to visualize how adding information to a sentence can make that sentence grow from the ordinary ...
  • Two Smiling Students Writing in Notebooks
    Indoor Activities
    Learning to Write: Sentence Stacks Activity
    Learning to Write: Sentence Stacks Activity There's no better way to teach your child about sentence building than by literally building sentences. Because LEGO bricks are stackable, it's very easy to show your child how you can "stack" details ...
  • 5-Year-Old Write Backward
    Cognitive and Psychological Development
    I Need Help! My Five-Year-Old Writes Backward
    Is it normal for a kid to write backward, especially when they're learning? Our expert weighs in on this grandmother's concern. ...
  • Creative Ways to Use Flash Cards for Spelling
    Indoor Activities
    Creative Ways to Use Flash Cards for Spelling
    Creative Ways to Use Flash Cards for Spelling Flash cards may be a standard way to learn spelling words, but there are a few ways to make them a little less boring. There are two basic ways in which your child can approach making flash cards, b...
  • Red Pencil Writing on White Paper
    Indoor Activities
    "Painting Word Pictures" Writing Activity
    "Painting Word Pictures" Writing Activity Descriptive writing plays a big part in writing stories, but it stands on its own as a specific type of writing. It is, in fact, a lot like painting a picture with words. A good piece of descriptive wri...
  • Stone Soup storytelling activity
    Indoor Activities
    "Stone Soup" Storytelling Activity
    "Story Stone Soup" Storytelling Activity This activity combines a nature walk, a craft activity, and the concept of the classic tale Stone Soup to give your child a creative way to practice his storytelling skills. Since you'll need to gather a...
  • Travel Games Printables
    Word Fun -- On the Beach
    Have someone give you the parts of speech that are listed under the blank lines. Fill them in and then read the story out loud to hear about a funny day at the beach. ...
  • AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Could Be Healthy
    AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Can Be Healthy
    When it comes to screen time and kids, it isn't all bad news. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers guidelines on how to make screen time healthy and educational.
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  • Smiling Kindergarten Girl Holding Stack of Books
    Indoor Activities
    Make Your Own Book Mobile
    Make Your Own Book Mobile Your child's first book report assignment can be very stressful. It's hard to know what elements go into a book report, how much detail to go into, and how to present the information. You can circumvent this anxiety by...
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    Indoor Activities
    Vocabulary Memory Game for Kids
    Vocabulary Memory Game for Kids This game is best played when your child has a set of vocabulary words he needs to learn. In school, this frequently happens when there are words that are specific to a theme or are found in a book he's reading. I...
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    Indoor Activities
    Learning to Read: Sight Word Catcher Game
    Learning to Read: Sight Word Catcher Game As your child begins to learn sight words, practice vocabulary, and look for high-frequency words in the world and print around her, she needs a way to do it without it feeling like work. It can be more...
  • Interactive Alphabet ABCs App
    Mobile Apps
    10 Best Apps to Help Kids Learn to Read
    From learning the alphabet to stringing letter sounds together, reading requires a foundation of many skills. These interactive apps can help provide the building blocks of reading, focusing on literacy skills including phonetic awareness, site w...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Preschool boy holding red pencil
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Name Writing
    Kindergarten Prep: Name WritingThe step following mark-making is letter writing, creating symbols that are recognizable to you and to your child. Young children often make the most progress writing the letters in their name before writing any ot...
  • Young girl on floor painting picture
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Writing Tools
    Kindergarten Prep: Writing ToolsIn learning to write, your child first needs time to explore a variety of writing tools. Over time you will introduce how to hold writing tools properly and your child will begin to perfect her skills in using tho...
  • Interactive Alphabet ABCs App
    Mobile Apps
    10 Best Apps to Help Kids Learn to Read
    From learning the alphabet to stringing letter sounds together, reading requires a foundation of many skills. These interactive apps can help provide the building blocks of reading, focusing on literacy skills including phonetic awareness, site w...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • The Hobbit Movie Poster
    Movies
    13 Best Kids' Books Turned Movies
    */ Your favorite children's books are now major motion pictures! Check out which childhood favorites have been turned into movies, and find the perfect one to watch with your child. Then, talk to your child about how the movie and book compared...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Fact Monster, a safe space for kids to find homework help
    Fact Monster - a safe online educational space for kids

    Are you worried about your kids being online? Fact Monster is a KidSafe-certified site for your kids to get homework help, play games and watch educational videos. Check it out...and give Same Game a try yourself!

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  • Ladybugs Bookshelf App
    Mobile Apps
    10 Best E-Reading Apps for Kids
    Whether your child likes reading fiction, non-fiction, magazines, or storybooks, these top-rated apps will help build her own personal library and encourage her love of reading. ...
    Lindsay Hutton