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Beach School – Therapeutic and Educational Benefits

Jungle School (aka Forest School) and all the wonderful benefits associated with it. Beach School is just the natural extension to the Jungle School concept. Like Jungle School, the Beach Schools have really taken off, promising just as many benefits to our children. Forest School (aka Jungle School in Asia) is an inspirational process, that offers ALLContinue reading “Beach School – Therapeutic and Educational Benefits”

Educational Puzzles Extend the Benefits of Jigsaws

We know that jigsaw puzzles offer numerous benefits to children. Jigsaws are great for developing: Hand-Eye Coordination – Kids have to use their coordination in order to get the pieces to fit together. Language Skills – By working with others, kids discuss shapes and ask for certain pieces. Fine Motor Development – Maneuvering puzzle pieces around can really buildContinue reading “Educational Puzzles Extend the Benefits of Jigsaws”

Janice VanCleave: Easy Activities that Make Learning Fun for Every Kid

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin When learning science means doing science, learning becomes an adventure! That’s exactly what Janice VanCleave’s books do… They involve kids in the learning process to keep them engaged and interested so the kids will understand more… In every book,Continue reading “Janice VanCleave: Easy Activities that Make Learning Fun for Every Kid”

Ready-to-Go Geography Lessons

The study of geography is crucial to understanding our ever-changing planet, from political change and warfare to environmental conservation and population growth. Here are 10 reasons why children children should be encourage to learn geography – it helps them: To understand basic physical systems that affect everyday life (e.g. earth-sun relationships, water cycles, wind and oceanContinue reading “Ready-to-Go Geography Lessons”

Geography Resources: Mona MELisa reusable US Map

How do you teach geography? Do you spend hours creating a map, labeling, cutting and pasting? It’s so fun imagining all the ways this Mona MELisa reusable US Map can be used in the classroom or at home. All the states, capitols, and geographic information is ready for you to stick on to the map!Continue reading “Geography Resources: Mona MELisa reusable US Map”

Online Resources: Arcademic Skill Builders

Arcademic Skill Builders is an online educational portal that utilises video games to approach learning basic math, language arts, vocabulary, and thinking skills (see: Gamification in Education). By blending video game features into instructional research, Arcademic increases time-on-task and engagement in order to achieve a high rate of student learning. Arcademic offers a large selection free games that youContinue reading “Online Resources: Arcademic Skill Builders”

Educational Programs: BrainPop

What is BrainPop? BrainPop is an animated educational program for kids covering various topics under Science, Health, Technology, Math, Social Studies, Arts & Music and English. The content is communicated through movies, and retention is reinforced with quizzes and activity pages. BrainPop covers material appropriate for children across all ages from Kindergarten through Secondary school.Continue reading “Educational Programs: BrainPop”

Geography Apps: The 39 Clues – Vesper Hunt

Sometime back, we were looking for Geography apps like the old Carmen Sandiego Game. Recently, we stumbled on a free app by Scholastic called The 39 Clues – Vesper Hunt. It is a game that is part of the Scholastic book series with the same title – The 39 Clues and can be played online orContinue reading “Geography Apps: The 39 Clues – Vesper Hunt”

Great Educational Websites List

There are plenty of educational websites around, but finding the good ones can be time consuming, so I thought I’d keep this “gems” list for easy reference: Whyzz – for the kids that asks a lot of hairy questions we struggle to find the answers to. They also have a free app for your iThing. FAQContinue reading “Great Educational Websites List”