The nation’s public school system is in financial distress. Cost-per-pupil spending is down, class sizes are up and educational programs are being eliminated. Many communities that struggle with these changes have turned to charter schools for answers. But are they hurting or helping?
The goal of the Charter School movement is to produce better results than traditional public schools. Now that charter schools have been operating for twenty years, how are they faring? The data has proved hard to measure, with both positive and negative results emerging.
Charter Schools offer parents more options in choosing a school for their child as well as more options for teachers who are freed up from following strict guidelines and rules. Learn more about the Charter School Movement and how it affects teachers, parents, students and communities.
Ensuring that every child receives the tools needed to succeed in college and a career is the goal of the national Common Core State Standards Initiative. However, not every state is on board with this plan arguing that streamlining the educational process does not work for everyone.
As budget cuts and the subsequent lack of funding continues to devastate many American public schools, parents, and students are turning to the Internet to find a quality education. But are students actually receiving as good of an education online as they would sitting in a classroom?
Sure, new technology is great, but not all teachers are well-equipped to use brand new iPads right away. In fact, there are times when the technology could do more harm than good. Learn the times when it is best to put the iPads away.
Crafts for preschool children work very well when paired with a specific religious verse. By doing this, you are giving the young ones a creative outlet to express their feelings about the Bible reading, but also a chance to understand the lessons.
Celebrate elementary school career day with projects and crafts that allow students to open their minds and imaginations to possible professions. Crafts projects are great for younger students, while the older ones will benefit from working on projects related to their career goals.
Though Europeans began exploring the East in around 300 BC, it wasn’t until the Age of Discovery that they had an intense interest in traveling the world by sea. Their expeditions and discoveries make perfect lesson plans for fifth graders studying European exploration.
Kindergartners aren’t too young to understand the dream Martin Luther King Jr. shared with the world. His vision of racial equality is a lesson learned at any age. Your class can make memorable crafts that reinforce the values of tolerance, respect and impartiality.
While early literacy skills are important for a child’s growth, there are some who question whether we are forcing our kids to read too early. Some intense early intervention programs make promises about teaching even babies to read. Is that really reading? How young is too young to start learning?
As it gets close to the winter holidays, many students’ thoughts turn away from learning and toward fun and festivities. Finding educational Christmas games for preschool classroom centers will keep young ones entertained while sneaking in a lesson or two.
Preschoolers will have a blast with the stars, the moon and the sun space-themed preschool lessons that focus on everything outer space! For an out-of-this-world learning experience, teachers can create activities that go together with important skills taught in preschool: math, science and art.
With so many arts programs axed from school budgets, educators are struggling to fit music appreciation into their regular class schedules. Even without a budget, educators can teach music to students in grades K-5 with these fun lesson plans.
From the beach cities of Southern California to the mountain towns of Minnesota, preschoolers everywhere love learning about winter. This collection of fun, winter-themed preschool activities and crafts takes youngsters on a journey across a wonderland of snow, ice, hibernating animals and more.
Children today are computer savvy, even those as young as three years old. To them, a computer is just as common as a television was to their parents at the same age. This guide takes the legwork out of searching for age-appropriate online games for your preschooler or toddler.
The first six months of a baby’s life are vital in terms of motor skill development, vision and communication. While each child develops at his or her own pace, there are some milestones that most reach during this time. Learn more about your baby’s development with this collection of articles.
There’s something wonderful about being a preschooler during the month of November. Long-gone are the days of summer, and the wonder and excitement of the upcoming winter holiday season is looming. Get your classroom ready with the many lessons, activities and teaching themes in this guide.
It’s December, which means the winter holidays are here! Because it is usually a short month in preschool, teachers only have a few weeks to get in a lot of winter fun activities. This guide gives you December preschool theme ideas for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the winter solstice and more!