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Arts & Crafts 

3 Easy and Inexpensive Spring Crafts for Kids
3 Easy and Inexpensive Spring Crafts for Kids

Looking for some fun, easy, and inexpensive craft ideas for your kids this spring?  The three activities below are sure to keep them engaged without having to spend a lot on craft supplies.  From stress release strategies to readers’ theater to a colorful flower that work well for Mother’s Day, these ideas can be easily
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Common Core Standards 

Math: Teaching Each Foundational Component
Math: Teaching Each Foundational Component

by Diana Remick, Monthly Columnist Whether you are using Common Core or state standards, math is an overwhelming content area with so many basic skills that need to be acquired before “moving on”. Teachers are responsible for teaching the grade level standards, but must go back to foundational skills that students may lack or have
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Grades 4-6 

How to Use Class Pen Pals
How to Use Class Pen Pals

Do you remember a time before computers and email when people actually had to write letters to send written communication? For today’s elementary school generation, there has never been a time when email, video conferencing, and text messaging wasn’t the norm.  Yet, there’s something to be said for old-school communication and the benefits it had.
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Grades 7-9 

Middle School Math Game: Toss It Tuesday
Middle School Math Game: Toss It Tuesday

  Getting middle school students invested in math can be a challenging task. This great math idea was submitted to us by Maribeth, a 4th and 5th Grade Teacher, in Baltimore, MD. “To drill my students on multiplication facts, we play Toss it Tuesday!” she explained.  While it can be easily adapted for elementary grades,
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Grades K-3 

Astute Hoot Steals the Show
Astute Hoot Steals the Show

In between producing amazing products that help both struggling and non-struggling readers and young mathematicians, Jennifer Zoglman, Jessica Murphy, and Tina Rataj-Berard of Astute Hoot have also started to spread the word about their full line of products with the Arizona community where they’re based.  On a recent episode of Arizona Midday, Zoglman and Murphy
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Holidays 

7 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Preschoolers
7 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Preschoolers

Initially a religious feast to honor the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day has now become a celebration of Irish culture across the world. Help preschoolers get into the holiday spirit with a few of these fun crafts for kids!

Music 

Create an Outdoor Music Center for Preschool
Create an Outdoor Music Center for Preschool

  Providing children with the opportunity to explore sound, feel movement and make their own music is the purpose of an outdoor music center. Allowing them to freely discover different types of sounds and rhythms from a variety of instruments and objects inspires creativity and facilitates hands-on learning. Encouraging outside play and dance with an
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Preschool 

Creating a Safe Haven for Every Child
Creating a Safe Haven for Every Child

Guest post by Q. Futrell My name is Q. Futrell, and I recently developed a resource that brings awareness and helps get the conversation of parental incarceration started! My book is called, Our Moms. This book deals with four characters that all look different but share one common factor. Their mothers are incarcerated. I was
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