Category: Resources

ARTS AND CRAFTS IDEAS FOR English Second Language (ESL) STUDENTS

Utilizing arts and crafts ideas for English Second Language students is a great way to promote learning in ways that are different than usual classroom work. Arts and crafts for ESL kids stimulate creativity and individuality while also strengthening English language knowledge. If you have an ESL student and want attention-grabbing and effective activities that […]






Best Books for Fifth Grade Readers: A Recommended Reading List

Reading regularly can help students develop understanding of content and build comprehension and vocabulary skills. As students move towards the end of the school year, and standardized testing, they should focus on reading texts from a variety of genres in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Take a look at some of the best books for 5th […]






What Is an IEP? (An Individualized Education Program)

When you first hear of an individualized education program (an IEP), it’s natural to have a lot of questions. What is an IEP? Are IEPs good or bad? What are some examples? What is the process? Here are the answers you’ve been looking for. What is an Individualized Education Program (IEP)? The Individualized Education Program […]






Reading with Arts & Crafts

Some children love to read, while others would rather eat their vegetables. Growing up, I loved reading all sorts of books, especially the ones that let my imagination go wild. I also loved doing arts and crafts, whether I was at home, at school, or in my weekly art lesson. You might be asking yourself, […]






5 Best Educational Board Games for Middle Schoolers

If you dread family game night, you’re playing the wrong games. Educational board games are so much more than the classics we played as kids (Chutes and Ladders, anyone?).  Instead of a lucky die roll, these board games require strategy, critical thinking, and even some teamwork or alliances, which will keep you and your middle […]






9 Snowy Day STEAM Activities

STEAM is a learning method that integrates science, technology, engineering, art, and math into inquiry and critical thinking based education. Not only do students receive instruction on these topics at school, these topics can also be incorporated in learning activities or STEAM projects at home. STEAM Activities for Any Grade The best STEAM projects for […]






Common Core Tests: What Are They Testing For?

With all the myths floating around about the Common Core, preparing for tests can be pretty intimidating – what are they all about? What skills are they testing for? You try to look it up, but breaking down Common Core tests like the PARCC and the SBAC isn’t that easy even with all the graphs […]






Free Online Reading Games for Preschool and Kindergarten

Some of the earliest reading skills that children learn are print awareness, sounds of speech, phonemic awareness, phonics, and fluency. Once students get older, they gain greater skills in spelling, comprehension, and writing. While these skills are primarily taught in preschools and kindergartens, you can easily find extra support for your early readers. There are […]






5 Free Online Writing Games for Students

Whether your child is already getting extra practice in school through academic enrichment or tutoring, it seems as though there is always room for more. And if you are anything like me, you notice that students especially struggle when it comes to writing. I don’t know about you, but, “I don’t like doing it!” “It […]