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Adjectives Scavenger Hunt Activity

I had been working on this free, printable Adjectives Scavenger Hunt activity over the course of a few days and had left a printed copy on our dining table. When our third grader arrived home from school she noticed it there and asked if she could complete it, pretty, pretty please?! What can I say, she’s a bit of a word nerd…which isn’t all that unusual in our family! It became a fun challenge that involved the whole family – finding fun (and often funny) descriptive words to fill each box included in the hunt. The printable activity challenges kids to find adjectives for each of the letters of the alphabet. Sidenote: If you’re like us, a family or class...

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Child’s play in the time of COVID: screen games are still 'real' play

ShutterstockPlay is a core part of a healthy childhood, through which children develop social, communication, cognitive and physical skills. Children’s play adapts to its circumstances. Recently children have been incorporating pandemic related themes into their play, such as coronavirus tag, where the point is to “infect” as many children as possible. Play is also likely to help children process feelings of loss associated with the pandemic. With playgrounds, playdates and playcentres often off the menu, many parents and children are relying on digital games for play. But children’s use of screens remains a source of anxiety and conflict for many parents. Our recent research finds children are mimicking real world play in the digital space. This means screen play can...

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10 Tips for Letting Your Kids Help with Chores

Getting kids to help out around the house with chores can feel like an overwhelming task at times. Very rarely do kids offer to clean up the playroom, put dishes away or walk the dog. However, kids are naturally curious, want to spend time with their parents, and love helping out in the right circumstances. Today, we have Creative Team member Jake Smith, Washington farmer and dad of four, here sharing 1o tips for letting your kids help with the chores. Whether you’re on a farm, in the city or anywhere in between, these tips are great ways to incorporate fun, learning, and responsibility into your chores and projects. Before you know it, you might even start to like doing...

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Sensory Writing in Sand ~ Teaching Letters, Writing Letters, Letter Sounds & Spelling.

For all my homeschool parents, here is a super fun way to work on writing letters, words & shapes. Izzy loves using the sand to create letters, words and shapes. The first thing you want to do is find a low edge pan or box such as this & then you will add some sand to it. I linked some options below for you guys, along with colored sand. We plan to do colored sand throughout this year to keep it exciting! Turn on your JavaScript to view content commissionable links You also can add some fun to it by adding little figures to the sand. For some kids this may be distracting, but for others, this may help them...

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Do Kids Like Remote Learning?

It’s the question everyone is trying to answer: Do Kids Like Remote Learning?  With September approaching students will be returning to school shortly in the northern parts of the country. In many southern and western states, kids will be reentering school in August. Or will they? Not only do many school systems remain undecided about whether to have kids return to the brick-and-mortar classroom, but a majority of parents have also expressed their discomfort with their children going to traditional school. Beyond the complaints about distance remote schooling during the spring of 2020, health concerns on the part of parents and teachers may be the most compelling reason that kids will remain in remote distance learning over the next 6...

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