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Starfall: Free Website Helps Students Learn to Read through Fun Interactive Games

In Educational Games and Programs, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educational Tips, Fun Ideas, Parents, Reading Strategies by admin

Working in public schools for over ten years, I have seen many teachers utilize the Starfall website to assist students with attaining basic reading skills. This is a program that can easily be used at home as well. Starfall, a program based on established research studies, can be used for students of any age, from emerging readers to those struggling …

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An Interactive Story about What School Is Like and How to Behave

In ADHD, Autism, Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Fun Ideas, Parents, Social Stories by admin

Below you will find an interactive social story about going to school. The story can be used to help children prepare for a typical school day including their first day of school. You can also read this story with your child to practice reading skills. Social stories are a research-based tool used to help children prepare for real-life events. They …

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10 Great Low-Cost Board Games to Practice Reading Skills with Kids

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Below you will find ten fun low-cost board games and card games to help your children learn to read and practice their reading skills. These games are a great way to foster your children’s/students’ phonics, sight-word, vocabulary, and fluency skills (all important elements of becoming an effective reader). For students who are struggling or just learning, an adult should play …

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8 Fun Activities to Practice Social Skills with Your Child

In Counselors, Fun Ideas, Parents, Social Skills, Social-Emotional by admin

This article gives several fun social skills activities that you can do with your child. While the activities are described in a one on one format between parent and child, many of them can also be used with a group of children such as siblings, students, or clients in a group therapy setting. Parents, teachers, guidance, counselors, psychologists, and speech/language …

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10 Fun Research-Based Activities to Teach Your Child Letter Sounds

In Educators, Fun Ideas, Parents, Reading Strategies by admin

Research indicates the importance of teaching children phonics as a preliminary step for learning to read. Phonics is the relationship between letters and sounds as well as the understanding of how those sounds connect to form words. Research also suggests that systematic instruction which incorporates word play (manipulating letters/sounds in words to change the word), writing words, and using manipulatives such …

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A Story to Teach Kids to Calmly Respond to the Word "No!"

In ADHD, Autism, Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Fun Ideas, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parents, Social Stories, Social-Emotional by admin

adminRachel Wise is a certified school psychologist and licensed behavior specialist with a Master’s Degree in Education. She is also the head author and CEO at educationandbehavior.com, a site for parents, educators, and counselors to find effective, research-based strategies that work for children. Rachel has been working with individuals with academic and behavioral needs for over 20 years and has …

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5 Great Music Videos About Science for Kids: K to 3rd Grade

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Fun Ideas, Inspirational Stories/Videos, Parents by admin

Music is such an amazing teaching tool. It helps keep the learner engaged and is a great way to get concepts in grained in memory. There are so many amazing learning music videos on Youtube. Here are five great science songs, excellent for early elementary school kids. These songs even have my two year old interested in science. Once you …

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5 Fun Scientific Art Projects to Do with Your Kids

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Just like all of us, kids want to feel happy and interested while they are learning. Hands-on activities, where children are creating, moving, and problem solving are wonderful for keeping kids engaged and involved. Science and art are two great ways to create hands-on activities! Interacting with kids in a positive way also helps to build bonds, practice social skills, and learn life lessons (both of …

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10 Great Educational Songs for Kids: 1st to 3rd Grade

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Music is a great way to get kids excited about learning and help them remember what they learn. A catchy tune with easy to remember lyrics will leave a lasting impression, helping to in-grain educational concepts into a child’s memory. Have fun watching these videos with your child or students. Once they have learned the songs, enjoy singing them any …

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Break Ideas to Increase Student Motivation & Participation

In Behavior Strategies, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Fun Ideas, Special Education by admin

Preface: When I was in college majoring in psychology, I learned that the famous actor and comedian, Jim Carrey, had behavior problems in Junior High School. One of his teachers told him that he could do a comedy routine for a few minutes at the end of class for following the rules and completing work. This had a huge positive …