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Saturday, May 30, 2020
Get a Free Online ‘Lion King’ Broadway Course for Your Kid

Get a Free Online ‘Lion King’ Broadway Course for Your Kid

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Photo: ShutterstockThe most theatrical of our kids may be tiring of the simple one-person plays and puppet shows they’ve been performing in the living room. Maybe they had a role in the school’s spring musical before everything—including their would-be rehearsals and performances—shut down. Or maybe they’re just bored and are looking for something new and…
Here’s How Much Time Kids Should Spend on ‘Remote Learning’

Here’s How Much Time Kids Should Spend on ‘Remote Learning’

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Photo: ShutterstockThere has been, understandably, a lot of parental handwringing over this whole learn-from-home situation (I still refuse to call what we’re doing right now “homeschooling”). Up and down my social media feeds, parents are worrying that they’re failing their children academically during the pandemic because they’re also working from home, or they’re working outside…
Check Out This List of Educational Livestreams for Kids

Check Out This List of Educational Livestreams for Kids

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Photo: ShutterstockEvery day, we hear about a new educational livestream that our kids could or should be tuning in to. Virtual museum tours and visits to zoos and science demonstrations—even virtual gym classes. The resources are out there; the challenge is keeping them all straight.Luckily, someone else is already doing that part for us. Everywhere…
Try These Science Experiments Created by Dyson Engineers

Try These Science Experiments Created by Dyson Engineers

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Photo: ShutterstockEngineers at Dyson want to know: Are your kids ready for a challenge? Well, maybe they weren’t before, but they’ve been home for a month now and they’re bored out of their minds. Now is a good time to try something new.The James Dyson Foundation has designed 44 science and engineering challenges—probably better known…
Don’t Call This ‘Homeschooling’

Don’t Call This ‘Homeschooling’

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Photo: ShutterstockThe emails are arriving fast and furious in my inbox: Public relations folks offering up this commentary from a homeschooling expert or that homeschool curriculum to parents who now find themselves doubling as full-time teachers, navigating the new online learning world we’re living in.I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a post that…
Let Kids Practice ABCs With Magnets and a Cookie Sheet

Let Kids Practice ABCs With Magnets and a Cookie Sheet

Photo: ShutterstockThere are two things that are universally loved by toddlers: Playing with stuff they’ve pulled from your kitchen cabinets, and magnets. Which is why, if you’ve got some letter magnets and a cookie sheet (plus a Sharpie marker), you’ve got a new activity to keep your little kid busy for at least several minutes.Susie…
How to Homeschool Kids With Special Needs During the Pandemic

How to Homeschool Kids With Special Needs During the Pandemic

Photo: ShutterstockTeaching children at home is proving to be a struggle for nearly all involved during the coronavirus pandemic, but this new educational reality is extra tough on one particular population: students who require special education—and their parents.These students’ needs are varied and more nuanced than those in traditional education, which can leave parents feeling…
Shake Up Your Kids’ Academic Routine with ‘Activity Bingo’

Shake Up Your Kids’ Academic Routine with ‘Activity Bingo’

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Photo: ShutterstockNow that many of us are (checks watch) a week and a half into physical distancing—i.e., cooped up in the house with the kids—it’s time for a welfare check. How’s everyone’s academic scheduling going? Have you morphed into a homeschool-teacher extraordinaire yet? Or have your kids been playing video games nonstop for 10 days?We…
Download ‘TIME for Kids’ for Free

Download ‘TIME for Kids’ for Free

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Screenshot: Time for KidsBecause parents everywhere need all the help we can get keeping our kids somewhat academically stimulated, TIME is the latest company to step up and offer to help—with a free digital library of TIME for Kids.Several digital editions of TIME for Kids (and the financial literacy magazine Your $) are now available…
Check Out These Free Educational Apps and Sites

Check Out These Free Educational Apps and Sites

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Photo: ShutterstockAs I write this, I am personally on Day Two of our Temporary-But-We-Don’t-Know How Temporary school closure. Those of you in the same boat know that the phrase “the days are long” has taken on a whole new meaning. These days have to be filled with something, and ideally, at least part of that…

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