How To Make Sure Science Gets Done When You're Not Using A Curriculum - Navigating By Joy 28 May 2013 Spontaneous science – “I wonder if orange is more or less acidic than lemon?” Science is my favourite homeschool subject. I love it because it’s hands-on, my kids are always enthusiastic about it, and it’s so varied – there’s always a new way to make things pop, whizz, bang or explode! To get straight into how we do science, skip down to “How I plan (or don’t plan) science” below. Neuroscience for Teachers: Getting the Blood Flowing (Part III) In this series, Dr. Laura Chaddock-Heyman, research scientist at the University of Illinois-Champaign, shares how exercise and fitness relate to the brain and why this is of utmost importance for educators. Catch up on: Part 1: Intro + DefinitionsPart 2: All About Brain Structure We established in post two that higher levels of aerobic fitness in children are associated with larger structural brain volumes in specific areas of the brain important for memory and learning.
8 ways teachers can talk less and get kids talking more If you do fewer teacher-directed activities, that means the kids will naturally do more talking, doesn’t it? Not necessarily. I have often found myself talking almost constantly during group work and student-directed projects because I’m trying to push kids’ thinking, provide feedback, and help them stay on task. Even when the learning has been turned over to the students, it’s still tempting to spend too much time giving directions, repeating important information, and telling students how they did instead of asking them to reflect on their work.
10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking One of education’s primary goals is to groom the next generation of little humans to succeed in the “real world.” Yes, there are mounds of curricula they must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. Other skills must be honed, too, not the least of which is how to get along with their peers and work well with others. This is not something that can be cultivated through rote memorization or with strategically placed posters. Students must be engaged and cooperation must be practiced, and often.
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Circle time games and activities. A must for any teacher. Snap Give children a card each, they have to find their partner with the matching card, 2nd time without talking. (Picture Cards or Snap Cards) Dangerous walks to school Girls on the way to school in remote Nepal. There is no bridge and they have to daily risk their lives for education. Girl forced to walk through the lines of minefield marking sticks on her way to school in Sri Lanka. Children living in the Zhang Jiawan village have to climb unsecured ladders that are leaning against a 60-metre tall cliff face each day to get to school. Students from Cilangkap village in Indonesia had to construct a bamboo raft to get to school.
31 Clever And Inexpensive Ideas For Teaching Your Child At Home 39 Flares Twitter 11 Facebook 0 Google+ 1 Pin It Share 27 Email -- 39 Flares × Whether you’re casually brushing up on lessons or full-on homeschooling, these activities are so fun your kid will barely realize they’re learning. 1. encyclopedia article by TheFreeDictionary The term nursery rhyme is used for "traditional" poems and songs for young children in Britain and many other countries, but usage only dates from the late 18th/early 19th century and in North America the term "Mother Goose Rhymes", introduced in the mid-1700s, is still often used. History Lullabies The oldest children's songs of which we have records are lullabies, intended to help a child sleep.
What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong? June Arbelo, a second-grade teacher at Central School, comforts a student who wants to go home during the first day of school. Tristan Spinski/GRAIN Leigh Robinson was out for a lunchtime walk one brisk day during the spring of 2013 when a call came from the principal at her school. 32 Maps That Will Teach You Something New About the World Our world is a complex network of people, places and things. Maps are a great tool and can help us understand how we are all connected. Below you will find a collection of informative maps that will hopefully teach you something new and give you a fresh perspective of our amazing planet and those that inhabit it. 1. If You’re on the Beach, This is What’s Across the Ocean
5 Steps to Managing Big Emotions: Printable Whenever I ask parents what their biggest parenting struggle is, patience is always right there at the top of the list. We struggle to keep our cool in all sorts of situations – when we are rushing to get everyone out the door, when we have asked our child 272 times to do something, when they whine and whinge, when siblings squabble, and the list goes on. Often it is when our children are having the most trouble keeping their cool that we also lose ours. Which we all know is pretty unhelpful in the scheme of things, especially as our children are watching and learning from everything we do. And managing big emotions is hard when you are two or four or six or sixteen. Women Painters Of The World Welcome to Homeschool Commons! If you're new to the site you might want to subscribe by email at the right or add the RSS feed to your feed reader. Thanks for visiting! The author of this book asks a good question – why do all the great painters we study have to be men?