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Hands-on Curriculum Brings Science and Social Studies to Life for K-12 Students

In Educational Games and Programs, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Hands-on Activities, Special Education by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

Disclaimer: educationandbehavior.com has no affiliation with the TCI K-12 Publishing Company. As the author of this article, I am passionate about hands-on learning and multi-sensory approaches, two major components of TCI curriculums. Therefore, I wanted to share TCI with educators who may be interested in incorporating a hands-on/active learning approach to their social studies and science classes. Teachers’ Curriculum Institute …

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4-H Clubs Offer Hands-On Learning Opportunities for Kids Across the US

In Counselors, Educational Games and Programs, Hands-on Activities, Parents, Social Skills by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

What is a 4-H Club? 4-H clubs provide hands-on learning in science, healthy living, and citizenship. Kids build confidence, creativity and curiosity, along with life skills such as leadership and resiliency. 4-H stands for Head, Heart, Hands, Health. Types of 4‑H Programs 4‑H programs are available through local 4‑H clubs, 4‑H camps, and in-school or after-school programs. With support from …

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4 Research-Based Strategies Parents & Teachers Can Use to Teach Basic Math

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Fun Ideas, Hands-on Activities, Math Strategies, Parents by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

When teaching math to kids, it is important to follow the natural progression of how they learn best. When children learn language, they first learn the name on an object by someone else pointing to it or touching it and saying the name. For example, a parent points to and touches the family dog while saying “doggy.” After the parent …

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How to Teach Children to Write Letters & Numbers with Correct Form and Positioning

In Educators, Hands-on Activities, Parents, Writing/Spelling Strategies by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

A standard expectation in education is that young students learn how to write legible well-formed letters. Research shows that handwriting is a foundational skill that can influence students’ reading, writing, language use, and critical thinking (Saperstein Associates 2012). It has an important role in brain development, is necessary alongside technology in the classroom, and promotes success in other academic subjects. …

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A Highly Effective Strategy to Teach Academic Concepts to Students with Autism

In Autism, Counselors, Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Hands-on Activities, Parents by Rachel WiseLeave a Comment

Working for over 10 years as a school psychologist, I have had a lot of opportunities to observe students with autism in the classroom. One thing that I consistently noticed, particularly for kids who struggled to communicate verbally, was an excellent ability to complete hands-on, interactive tasks with a clear visual ending and a reduced amount of visual clutter. Something I …

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3 Mental Math (Addition) Strategies for Kids-Fun & Engaging

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When children are learning basic math facts it is important for them to make sense of number combinations. Concepts that may seem like common sense to an adult often need to be explicitly taught to a child, with clear examples demonstrated so they know exactly what strategies to use to complete the problem. Multi-modal teaching, which is an evidence-based practice in …