For Thanksgiving: create fun, festive touches and grateful hearts

For Thanksgiving:  create fun, festive touches and grateful hearts
By Anywhere Teacher
November 21, 2016 — Pass the mashed potatoes and stuffing, it’s Turkey Time! Beneath the heaping platters and 10-yardline huddles Thanksgiving holds a beautiful reminder. Laila Gifty Akita, a Ghanaian woman and founder of Smart Youth Volunteers Foundation, said, “Gratitude is the seed of gladness.” What better time to grow joy than the holiday focusing on thankfulness! Help kids count, celebrate, and share their blessings, and in the process, make sweet and lasting memories.

Subscription, non-app learning service reduces cost, enhances portability and ease of access

Subscription, non-app learning service reduces cost, enhances portability and ease of access
By School Zone Staff
November 9, 2016 — Apps are great, but they are platform—and device—specific. What happens when Dad downloads a child’s favorite app to a smartphone to amuse and teach while he cooks dinner, but then the phone needs charging? Or the app is on a tablet, and the tablet gets accidentally left at home during a trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s, who only have a desktop internet connection? How about kids of different ages, who want and need different apps?

Carving out a safe and happy Halloween

Carving out a safe and happy Halloween
By Anywhere Teacher
October 26, 2016 — ‘Tis the season when adorable creatures proudly disguised as ghosts, fairies, and film characters take to the streets, amped up on sugar and sheer excitement. Last year the U.S. Census reported that in the previous year, the estimated number of potential trick-or treaters age 5 to 14 was 41.2 million. That’s a lot of doorbell-ringing! Of course, going house to house is just one option. Whether choosing traditional or alternative, considerations for celebrating extend beyond “what to be.”

Ask kids “why” and help them bridge worlds—and subjects—one keystroke at a time

Ask kids “why” and help them bridge worlds—and subjects—one keystroke at a time
By Anywhere Teacher
October 17, 2016 — Our 21st century kids navigate a keypad and master a basketful of remote controls long before they can read or count. In fact, an increasing number of preschoolers learn school readiness skills, at least in part, from their computer play. As Computer Learning Month continues, it’s an excellent time to evaluate how we parents-as-teachers choose and mediate our kids’ computer learning experiences.

Growing up in a wired world: Mindfully managing kids’ screen time

Growing up in a wired world: Mindfully managing kids’ screen time
By Anywhere Teacher
September 28, 2016 — October is Computer Learning Month and October 5 is World Teachers’ Day! Both are great opportunities to celebrate the importance of technology in our children’s lives and futures while recognizing that parents are their children’s first teachers and that they model—or should—be modeling priorities.

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