Outdoor Play for Children – Rockin’ Out

“Nature should be considered a critical variable in the design of all childhood habitats, including homes, childcare centers, schools, places of worship, and neighborhoods…” -Robin Moore, Natural Learning Initiative, North Carolina State University I will always remember how intently my children tried to get outside as babies. They would crawl to the front door, pound [...]

Preschool Outdoor Play – Get Active

Summer and outdoor learning does not always involve paper and pencils. It involves movement! Physical activity is an important part of regular family life. Studies have shown that lifestyles learned as children are much more likely to stay with a person into adulthood. If sports and physical activities are a family priority, they will provide [...]

Learning Centers in the Classroom

Learning centers are an important part of classroom instruction. Children learn best when they are actively engaged and centers can enable teachers to provide one-on-one or small group instruction while other students are working either independently or in small groups.  Designing centers don’t have to be complicated, but experts agree that they should be set [...]

Classroom Management Tips from The Organized Classroom Blog!

This month’s guest post comes to us from Charity L. Preston from www.theorganizedclassroomblog.com. Ms. Preston is an author, teacher, and parent, but most importantly, she is an educator in all roles. ” The ability to teach someone something new is a gift that few truly appreciate.”  In this post, Ms. Preston shares her tips to help [...]

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Do you have a great lesson plan or classroom idea you would like to share? Perhaps you have some expert classroom management tips or other words of wisdom to share with other teachers? Maybe you have insight into a current education topic or news story you would like to share. If so, we invite you [...]

Test Prep Relief: Standardized Test Preparation Products & Resources to Help Get Your Students Ready!

Utilize games and activities to make test prep  fun! It’s that time of the year again- teachers all over the country are faced with the task of preparing their students for upcoming state and national standardized assessment tests.  Why do we use testing in our schools? I think this point in Parents’ Guide to Standardized Testing By [...]

Lesson Plan Round Up: Guide to St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated next week (March 17) but how much do we really know about the origins of St. Patty’s Day? Here are some quick facts about St. Patrick’s Day and Irish Americans from History.com: There are 36.9 million U.S. residents with Irish roots. This number is more than eight times the population [...]

Ways to Celebrate Music In Our Schools Month in March!

This month is officially Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM), a public outreach program designed by The National Association for Music Education to support school music programs and raise awareness of the importance of music education.  Music education can have overwhelmingly positive benefits for students, yet increasing budget cuts threaten music programs in schools all [...]

Physical Education Students Can Benefit from Fun Fitness & Health Exercises

Exuberant Animal Offers Creative Solutions for P.E. & Health Teachers For the first time in U.S. history, this generation of children are not expected to outlive their parents. According to a 2005 study published in the American Journal of Public Health: Unless current trends reverse, it seems likely that one-third of all children born today…will [...]

Science Fair Project for Middle School Students: “Slip and Slide”

Yesterday, we posted big news about the 2011 Google Science Fair Competition. In keeping with the Science Fair theme- we choose to highlight one of our many Science Fair Projects featured on Science Fair Sanity. Science Fair Sanity is a free resource for students, teachers, and science fair coordinators. All of the science fair projects, ideas, [...]