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  1. Dictionary.com’s Daily Learning At Home ELA Activities

    Find Week 1, Week 2, & new Week 3 ELA learning resources for preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle school, and high school students below.   As we all prepare to self-isolate, shelter in place, quarantine, hunker down at home, the time for interacting with our kids is upon us. And the fact that many parents are still working [from home] doesn’t make engaging with our kids …

  2. Inconceivable! Play ’80s Movie Word Bingo

    If you’ve been hunkering down with the whole family to ensure you’re doing your part to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of COVID-19, you’ve probably been getting more than a little familiar with your favorite streaming service. And maybe, just maybe, you’ve decided that this is a good time to educate your kids on some of the classic movies from “the good old …

  3. How Kids Learn to Write, And How to Help Them Do It

    By Lindsay Barrett Children have lots of ideas. When they begin to communicate these ideas on paper, it’s a window into their thinking that’s both endearing and fascinating. Now, every child is unique, of course, but early writing usually progresses through recognizable stages: scribbling, pretend writing, and approximated spelling all lead up to the real thing. Here’s a rundown on what you’ll likely see between …

  4. Words That Every Aries Should Know

    Aries is the astrological sign for people who are born from March 21–April 19. Although this star sign starts well into the calendar year, Aries is actually the first sign in the zodiac, which is probably why Aries season is always thought to bring on the beginning of turbulent and wild times. It falls directly between Pisces and Taurus on the zodiac calendar.  A fire sign, …

  5. This Disney Movie Word Challenge Just Might Leave You Twitterpated

    If your television or tablet has been taken over by non-stop Disney movies, you’re not alone. Screen time is increasing in plenty of households as parents try to make do with schools closing while working from home. Before you start wringing your hands and getting down on yourself, we’ve got a little bit of good news: Kids’ minds don’t have to be frozen by all …

  6. Yum Alert! Girl Scout Cookie Names Explained

  7. Does The Million Word Gap Exist?

    By Lyndsey Gresehover As an English/Language Arts and Reading teacher and blogger for almost two decades, the word gap is a fretful phrase that I hear all too often in education. But the real question is … does it really exist? What is the word gap? This idea came from a study done in the 1990s by two psychologists, Betty Hart and Todd Risley, where …

  8. Pisces People: These Words Are All About You 

    Just after the last of the Valentine’s Day chocolates have been consumed and the season of Aquarius comes to an end, it’s time for the season of Pisces. Those born between February 19–March 20 are fortunate enough to call themselves Pisces, which is the 12th and final sign of the Zodiac. One of the most recognizable symbols of the Zodiac, Pisces is represented by fish. …

  9. Presidents’ Day Isn’t The Real Name Of This February Holiday

    If you live in the United States and you’re anything like us, you might view Presidents’ Day as just another three-day weekend in February. But the story behind this important commemorative holiday is more interesting than you might think—especially considering Presidents’ Day isn’t the official name of the holiday at all. When was the first Presidents’ Day? Presidents’ Day was first established in 1885 to …

  10. Where Did The World’s Most Popular Pet Names Come From?