If you’ve never seen the planet Mars before, the perfect opportunity happens during autumn. The red planet will be at its best on October 13th – but what exactly does that mean for observers here on Earth? Let’s explore…Continue reading “What’s Up in the Sky: Mars”
Have you ever been stargazing with your children and wondered how you could teach them more about astronomy? If you’re new to astronomy yourself, you might be confused about how to start. You might feel tempted to buy a telescope, but without knowing what to look for in a telescope or where the planets and stars are located in the sky, you might only be able to find the moon. As pretty as Earth’s moon is, your children could get bored rather quickly if they can’t find any other stars and planets.Continue reading “Astronomy for Kids: How, When and Where to Go Stargazing”
Did you know that the United States is often significantly behind other nations when it comes to academic performance for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)? If your child has an interest in STEM, getting them started early will not only set them up for academic success, but it will also help our entire society live healthier by reversing some of these statistics.Continue reading “Introducing Your Kids to Storm Spotting: How to Maintain Their Interest in Meteorology”
Keeping kids entertained at home can be tough no matter the circumstance. However, when you can’t visit neighborhood parks or attractions even in good weather, you need to get creative indoors — and in your own backyard.Continue reading “How to Make the Most of Your Kids’ Time at Home (and Indoors)”
The pandemic has forced a homeschool approach for families, and more parents are deciding to forgo the traditional classroom even after things are back to normal. Flexibility, student-centered learning, quality of education, and convenience top the list of homeschool benefits. But students must learn, and that means having to complete assignments and being evaluated on their progress. Classwork and homework, however, don’t have to be stiffly regimented chores; with a little creativity, homeschool parents can get through the process painlessly.
School isn’t the only place for children to get an education. In times like these, many parents have quickly learned that when children are at home, you’re their teacher. But that doesn’t mean home needs to feel like a classroom or that everything should be a lesson.
With so many of us battling busy schedules in order to spend time with our loved ones, it’s no wonder that we feel like there isn’t enough time in the day to fit in everything we want to do. For parents, it can be especially difficult to strike a good balance between work, home responsibilities, and spending quality time with the children.
Parents are becoming more and more responsible for parts of their children’s education. Supplementing what they learn in school is the best way to help the knowledge stick. When it comes to the sciences, some kids are more interested than others. Here are 10 activities guaranteed to excite and educate even the most reluctant learner.
As an increasing number of parents and caregivers take up the educator mantle, there’s more interest in teaching subjects like science, technology, engineering, and mathematics from home. Luckily, you don’t have to be a science buff to teach your kids about these topics. Earth sciences are particularly well-suited for at-home learning. For instance, you might take a family field trip to explore rocks in your backyard or the terrain in your neighborhood.
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may struggle with keeping their train of thought on one track. They may get fidgety, move around in their seat, or generally seem disinterested in what’s going on in the classroom. Turn the classroom into a home environment, and there are that many more distractions. But never fear, parent-educator, with a few changes to your teaching strategy, you can enjoy a successful homeschool year despite ADHD.