Parts of Speech Activities for Middle School Age Kids

Parts of Speech Activities for Middle School Age Kids

Finding the perfect learning activities or middle school age students is all about striking a balance. It's easy to accidentally pick something that's too easy or too complex for this intermediate stage of their educational career. You have to find the activities that are "just right" for this in-between age student. Here are a few parts of speech activities that are perfectly suited for middle school age kids. Parts of Speech Tongue... Read More

By: Kenneth Lini Tuesday May 3, 2016 comments Tags: WordParts, Parts of Speech

Writing Games For Kids - Goofy Ways to Make Writing Fun

Writing Games For Kids - Goofy Ways to Make Writing Fun

What’s the fastest way to capture and hold children’s attention during a lesson? Playing a goofy game! Who doesn’t love the chance to laugh and have fun? By engaging the kids in a fun learning game, they will be more likely to recall it later on. If you want to help your students improve their writing skills, try one of these fun and goofy writing games for kids. Mad Libs Without a doubt, Mad Libs is one of the most popular... Read More

By: Kenneth Lini Tuesday April 26, 2016 comments Tags: writing, writing games, WordParts

Proper Grammar Doesn't Mean Stuffy Sentences

Proper Grammar Doesn't Mean Stuffy Sentences

Unfortunately, grammar has unjustly gotten a bit of a bad reputation. Some people believe that using proper grammar leads to stuffy and presumptuous sounding sentences. However, it is time to finally end this untrue assumption once and for all. Proper grammar doesn't mean stuffy sentences. It is an important aspect of all types of writingfrom a simple text message to a highly formal research paper. Although using proper grammar makes the... Read More

By: Kenneth Lini Tuesday April 19, 2016 comments Tags: proper grammar, writing

Employers Rank Writing Skills in Their Top 5 Most Desirable

Employers Rank Writing Skills in Their Top 5 Most Desirable

When hiring someone to fill a position within their company, employers typically look for a standard set of skills. These basic skills serve as the building blocks for other critical career skills. They are needed to successfully work in almost any industry, corporation, or job role. Time after time, employers have ranked writing skills as one of the top five skills they are looking for when interviewing candidates. They expect their... Read More

By: Kenneth Lini Tuesday April 12, 2016 comments Tags: writing skills, teaching kids to write

Common Core: Developing Curriculum

Common Core: Developing Curriculum

Youth education is a keystone of achievement later in life. The Common Core standards aid educators across the country, whether in traditional academic settings or in home-schooling environments, in making sure that children learn the things they need for college and adulthood. But while the Common Core gives you milestones to aim for in your child's education, it doesn't tell you what routes to take to get thereor what equipment you'll need... Read More

By: Kenneth Lini Tuesday April 5, 2016 comments Tags: common core

5 Tips for Building Writing Skills at Home

5 Tips for Building Writing Skills at Home

What your kids learn when they are at home is just as important as what they learn each day inside the classroom. These five tips for how to improve writing skills will help you when helping your child improve their writing skillsat home. Tip #1: Make Writing Fun When working to build your child's writing skills, it should never bea "chore," or else they may start hatingit.Inspire your budding writer by setting up a writing corner in... Read More

By: Kenneth Lini Tuesday March 29, 2016 comments Tags: writing, building writing skills

How Sentence Modeling Helps Kids Write Better

How Sentence Modeling Helps Kids Write Better

Common Core Writing incorporates a variety of techniques to help children learn how to write better. One of these methods,called sentence modeling, allows students to visualize how the individual words connect to form a complete thought. The sentence modeling activities included in Common Core Writing help kids write better in many different ways. Sentence Modeling Helps Kids Internalize Proper Grammar Using proper grammar is... Read More

By: Kenneth Lini Tuesday March 22, 2016 comments Tags: writing, sentence modeling

What is the “I Do, We Do, You Do” Teaching Model?

What is the “I Do, We Do, You Do” Teaching Model?

After a new concept is taught, teachers often expect students to be able to use it independentlyright away. While this may work for some students, others need more support and practice before they are ready to try on their own."I Do, We Do, You Do" is a teaching method that is well suited for teaching these new concepts. This three step process easily guides children from the concept's introduction to full understanding.Thetechnique works well... Read More

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How Manipulatives Help Kids Learn

How Manipulatives Help Kids Learn

Manipulatives are physical things like blocks and shapes that are used to teach children a new concept. They have been very popular in teaching math for many years. Studies have shown that using manipulatives helps kids make real world connections with what they are learning. They also help children think more deeply and talk about what they are learning. If manipulatives are so effective, why should parents and teachers limit their use to... Read More

By: Kenneth Lini Tuesday March 8, 2016 comments Tags: Manipulatives, WordParts, Grammar

Sentence Diagramming is Out, Modeling is In

Sentence Diagramming is Out, Modeling is In

In 1847, a man named Stephen Watkins Clark created a teaching tool he called sentence mapping." These strings of interconnected bubbles were designed to teach children sentence construction and the parts of speech. Despite being incredibly innovative, the idea never really caught on. About 30 years later, a team set out to give sentence mapping a makeover that would make it more marketable. Simply changing the name to sentence diagramming and... Read More

By: Kenneth Lini Thursday January 21, 2016 comments Tags: sentence modeling