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Helping Your Child Channel Their Curiosity into Learning

Curiosity lies at the core of learning; it is the source of a child’s internal motivation to learn. By helping cultivate your child’s curiosity, you exponentially increase their capacity, and desire, for learning. Here are a few ways you, as a parent and/or teacher, can help your child channel their curiosity into effective learning experiences.…

Active Learning Feature

5 Tips for Helping Your Child Learn Actively

We often associate “learning” with schoolwork. But learning isn’t an activity; it’s a process. That process can be happening, or not happening, at all times. Most of your child’s life will be spent outside the classroom (be that the traditional classroom or the homeschool classroom), so why not start teaching them now how to learn…

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Play in Education: More than Just Having Fun

  When children play, they learn twice. Or maybe thrice. I don’t mean using video games or pushing buttons on their newest electronic toy… I mean playing the way children naturally do before we teach them to look for the nearest technology and zone out: seeing how many ways they can move a ball, stacking…

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Dealing with Your Bored Child

Your child walks into the kitchen. “Mom, I’m bored.” How do you deal with your bored child? Do you get frustrated because you’re so busy and now you have to stop to pay attention to your child? Do you invite your child to join in whatever you’re doing? Do you assign the child something to…

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Why Parents Should Encourage Children to Make Mistakes

Over the last few decades, the importance of allowing children to make mistakes as an essential part of the learning process has been marginalized, due at least partly to a grading system that penalizes mistakes instead of encouraging them, and societal pressures. The Problem with the Grading System: The usual grading system that is used…

Holy Thursday Activities

Holy Thursday Activities

It’s almost bedtime, but I couldn’t bring myself to turn off the laptop before completing and uploading this little Holy Thursday learning pack! Probably best for ages 8-13. Help your kids learn, or brush up, on the main events, messages and themes of Holy Thursday. Looking for other Holy Week activities? I’ve already posted a Good…

Introducing Catechism 101 Lesson Plans!

I’m happy to share my newest project with you all: Catechism 101 (free) Lesson Plans! Catechism 101 Lesson Plans will go through the Catechism of the Catholic Church section by section, providing activity ideas and resources for a variety of age groups (6-8, 9-11, 11-13). The activities for ages 11-13 could also be used with…

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Christmas Activity Book!

Christmas is one of my favorite times of year – I never get tired of looking forward to it, getting ready for it, or making resources related to it! This Christmas Activity Book for kids features the Christmas Story (a fill in the blank activity), and Christmas – themed Sudoku, crossword, anagrams, drawing/writing, along with…

Halloween: To Celebrate, or Not to Celebrate…

I’ve seen several discussions online recently regarding whether or not Christians should celebrate Halloween. Both sides of the debate have valid points. Many Christian moms, including myself, remember Halloween fondly, as a time when we had fun dressing up, enjoyed fall activities like hay rides and pumpkin carving, and ate candy till we could eat…

Free Animal Classification Activity for Kids

My kids LOVE learning animal names, looking at animal pictures and imitating animal sounds. I designed these animal cubes and activities to help kids my age and a little older learn more about the different animals and animal classes. Activity ideas for toddlers, 4-7-year-old kids and 8-11-year-old kids are included. Click here to download and…

The Child Inside…

Have you noticed the number of baby pictures/videos that float around Facebook and get thousands of likes? Not the ones of babies you know, but the ones of babies you don’t know – babies in cute outfits, babies laughing, babies babbling… Some baby pictures and videos get lots of “likes” for a cause (you know……

Let Your Toddler Try!

Toddlers are far more capable than we parents often give them credit for. Kids spend half their time trying to do things, and parents often spend half their time stopping them… “Don’t touch that.” “Close the refrigerator.” “Don’t open the cabinet.” Sound familiar? Don’t feel bad – that’s instinctive for parents. Instinctive for two reasons:…

WANTED: Creative Minds

Left to themselves, kids are willing to take chances, take risks, and make mistakes: a great recipe for success… But a recipe that’s torn up and thrown out in as kids are taught in school to fear and avoid mistakes. In the system of education currently used across the U.S. by most public and private…

Yes, I Learn from My Kids… A LOT!

When I was first pregnant, I thought a lot about all the things I was looking forward to teach Charbel when he arrived… the little things, like tying his shoe and saying please and thank you, and the bigger things, like believing in who he is and loving the Lord. Now, that our two little…