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100+ Creative Hands-on Activities for Ages 4-8 for curious kids

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What happens if you water plants with juice? 
Where can you find bacteria in your house? 
Is slug slime as strong as a glue stick? 

How would your child find the answers to these questions? In The Curious Kid’s Science Book, your child will learn to design his or her own science investigations to determine the answers! Children will learn to ask their own scientific questions, discover value in failed experiments, and — most importantly — have a blast with science. … Read more

[Thought for Thursday] What kids remember

[Kids] don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are”

Jim Henson

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Reinforce numeral recognition with this game

“Matching” develops fundamental grouping and numeral recognition skills as your child connects numerals with groups of objects.

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The best education of all …

“You are told a lot about your education, but some beautiful, sacred memory, preserved since childhood is perhaps the best education of all. If a man carries many such memories into life with him, he is saved for the rest of his days.

Fyodor Dostoyevs

The illiterate of the 21st Century

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.

Alvin Toffler

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How do you teach a student to learn?

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.

~Clay P. Bedford

An Attention Span – Your Child’s Basic Foundation For Success in School and in Life

“May I have your attention?” With that request made daily in thousands of classrooms, teachers make an important assumption: Attention must be given from within the child. The ability to mentally focus, attend, and sustain concentration is an internal process within the human brain-mind. Because it’s an internal ability the human attention span has to be protected, nudged, and nurtured along in childhood and adolescence. The right ingredients from the external world will ensure the attention’s span development. The wrong ingredients can hinder its development, and even extinguish it. => http://bit.ly/wsedgl

Learning … and teaching!

Ah, to be a teacher under these circumstances!

“Personally, I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.”

– Winston Churchill

Get the dirt on researching

From the Bright Ideas blog

DiRT is the Digital Research Tools wiki. It is designed to collect information on tools and resources for scholars, but many tools suit the needs of the primary and secondary classrooms. DiRT provides a directory of tools organised by activity, such as ‘author an interactive work’, ‘collect data’, ‘create a mashup’, and ’search visually’.