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How To Get Children Interested In Music

Image by woodleywonderworks Learning a musical instrument could give your child a powerful head start in life. Guest author Dolly Garland presents wonderful ideas for encouraging children to learn and enjoy playing a musical instrument. Music has been linked to mental growth, including developing the language processing abilities of the …

5 Simple Engineering Projects For Kids

Great ideas from guest author Robert Wallace to help stimulate your child’s interest in engineering. Engineering is the practical application of math and sciences. Engineering is also a career poised with tremendous growth and earning potential. Because of this, it is important to get kids interested in sciences and engineering …

5 Fun and Educational Science Experiments For Kids (Inexpensive, Too!)

In this guest post, Benjamin Turner brings us some science experiments that kids can do without expensive equipment or ingredients! Kids love to get their hands dirty doing experiments. Anything that has them active, building something, or getting instant gratification works well for them. Using their powers of observation, asking …

Infographic: The Art of Teaching Students How to Do a Science Fair Project

This informative guest post and infographic from Teacher’s Guide to Science Fair Projects will help both classroom teachers and homeschooling parents prepare their students for their next science fair. (Click on the image for a larger view.) Learn the steps required for teaching students how to complete a science fair …

Infographic: Prepare for Tomorrow Today – What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

How many times do you ask this of children?  It’s fun to hear their creative (and sometimes very serious) answers.  And it is an important question, especially as kids face completion of high school and start thinking about what comes next.  This infographic and article from When I Grow Up …

Try Fun Science Experiments At Home With These iPad Apps

Guest author Matthew Young recommends several iPad apps to easily incorporate science into your home education. Every student who graduated from high school would have done any of these experiments: the exploding volcano, the miniature hovercraft, the homemade electromagnet, homemade plastic or the soda-and-Mentos geyser. Just because you’re not cooped …

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Five Creative Ideas to Keep Your Kids Away from the TV

We all know that many children watch too much television but it can be difficult to keep them away from it. In this guest post, you will find 5 tricks designed to keep kids away from TV without any fuss. 1. Don’t Demonize the TV When parents and other adults …

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Can Teachers Tell How Much Time You Spend on a Paper at School?

This featured guest post is brought to you by Paige One. The short answer is yes – they can. Of course they can’t narrow it down to the exact number of hours, days, or weeks you spent on your paper, but there are a lot of signs that can allow …

Pottery Lesson Plan For Kids – Part 4 Life Lesson

This is a spiritual life lesson titled “The Potter’s Hands,” using pottery and the ceramic process as a reference point.  This is the final installment in the Pottery Lesson Plan For Kids series.  Please reference the Introduction, Part 1, Part 2 , and Part 3 . What You Need The …

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Pottery Lesson Plan For Kids – Part 3 The Ceramic Process

Overview of the Ceramic Process Please reference the Introduction, Part 1, and Part 2 of this series. This is a YouTube Playlist which includes several brief videos that demonstrate the ceramic process from Wedging to Glaze Firing. The length is approximately 18 minutes. The link to the playlist is: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLik0ME7bTBFPNHRiIDtwQRykIijmgnMDE. …

Pottery Lesson Plan For Kids – Part 2 Beginning Glazing

Please reference the Introduction and Part 1 of this series. Beginning Brush-On Glazing Lesson If you are using air-dry clay, use this lesson time for painting the dried clay creations with acrylic paint. Work Surface If you are not teaching in a pottery studio with a large wood-topped hand building …

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Hands-On Pottery Lesson For Kids – Part 1 Beginning Handbuilding

Hands-On Handbuilding Lesson For Kids Please reference Hands-On Pottery Lesson Plan For Kids: Introduction. Work Surface If you are not teaching in a pottery studio with a large wood-topped hand building table, you can use tables covered with plywood boards. I’ve used long narrow boards (about 12” – 14” wide) …

Handbuilding Pottery Lesson For Kids

Hands-On Pottery Lesson Plan For Kids: Introduction

Handbuilding With Clay For Kids Introduction I’ve found that kids love handling clay, whether they are rolling it out, pressing in a stamp, or creating a sculpture. The possibilities for creating with clay are almost endless, limited only by the imagination. Covering all the options is beyond the scope of …

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Fun and Educational in Alabama: Madison County Nature Trail on Green Mountain

A Beautiful Day Yesterday was a beautiful day for a trip to Green Mountain.  I had visited the Madison County Nature Trail only once several years ago, so it was like discovering it again for the first time. After a picnic beside the tranquil lake, we started our walk along …

Launching the liberty ship SS George Washington Carver; Actress, singer Lena Horne (1943)

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

  While researching an article on Martha Washington, I came across the digital archives of the New York Public Library.  What a find!  I’m sure I will be returning to the site often.  An invaluable resource for researching historical figures and events, the image database encompasses a wide range of …

Fun & Educational in Huntsville, Alabama: EarlyWorks Children’s History Museum

  Hands-On History For Children The great thing about children’s museums is that you rarely have to say “don’t touch that!”  EarlyWorks Children’s History Museum is part of Huntsville’s EarlyWorks Museum Complex.  (The other two museums included in the complex are Constitution Village and the Historic Huntsville Depot.)  We became …