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  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • girl learning to write
    Penmanship
    6 Benefits of Learning Handwriting in School
    Is handwriting becoming a lost art? The new Common Core Standards adopted by most states in the U.S. make teaching cursive optional and up to individual states. The rise of technology in and out of the classroom means fewer kids are writing by ha...
    Erin Dower
  • 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.
    Curious World
  • 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...
  • girl learning to write
    Penmanship
    6 Benefits of Learning Handwriting in School
    Is handwriting becoming a lost art? The new Common Core Standards adopted by most states in the U.S. make teaching cursive optional and up to individual states. The rise of technology in and out of the classroom means fewer kids are writing by ha...
    Erin Dower
  • School and Learning
    Penmanship
    Factors Affecting Handwriting
    Factors Affecting HandwritingThere are many factors that affect handwriting. Environment: Environment can affect children in a number of ways. Lack of opportunity to play and experiment with graphic materials will have developmental consequences....
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    Penmanship
    5 Common Handwriting Struggles and How to Solve Them
    Handwriting is a complex skill, so it isn't surprising that many children have a hard time mastering it. Poor handwriting skills can make your child stressed and anxious, cause problems with his or her schoolwork, and keep him or her from wanting...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Summer Reading for Kids, Girl reading book with mother on a bed
    Summer Learning
    10 Everyday Ways to Keep Your Child Reading While Having Fun
    Reading is one of the most important skills you should try to boost outside of school. Foster your child's bookworm habits with these simple activities and tips that make reading so fun, he'll fill up his book chart in no time. ...
    Erin Dower
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    Award and Prize Winners
    Man Booker Prize Winners (1997-2014)
    The Man Booker Prize honors the best work of fiction written in English by a citizen of a current or former British Commonwealth country. In 2014, American authors became eligible for the prize. Considered Britain's most prestigious literary priz...
    Liz Olson
  • Indoor Activities
    Exploring Emotions: Create a Feelings Journal
    Exploring Emotions: Create a Feelings Journal Once your child has started to develop a wider emotional vocabulary and a better understanding of how to interact in social situations, creating a Feelings Journal is a good way to keep track of tho...
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    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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  • School and Learning
    Writing Assessments
    Is My Child a Good Writer?
    Take this quiz to learn about your child's strengths and weaknesses in writing. ...