Tag Archives: interest-homework

  1. What Do These Common School Acronyms Mean?

    Schools are ground zero for alphabet soup—educators seemingly love to name things using acronyms. STEM, GPA, KWL. While all of this jargon can seem kind of daunting, it’s not too bad once you learn the ropes. And we are here to help. So, get out your pencil and notebook, raise your hand for roll call, and prepare for School Acronyms 101. STEM You may think …

  2. Dictionary.com’s Printable Coloring Pages For Kids

    New pages added! We’re sure you’ve all been doing a lot of coloring these days … what’s a better activity to pass the time, right? How about printable coloring pages and learning how to define words? OK, that sounds better to us! How to make your own printable dictionary We’ve started to put together a Dictionary.com coloring book. It’s A–Z fun, with a word and …

  3. How To Make Learning Fun: Using Playtime To Build Literacy

    By Lindsay Barrett We all want our kids to learn what they need to be successful. But guess what most kids want to do? Play! And let’s face it: we adults want to play, too. But learning and playtime can, and should, happily overlap. A growing body of research highlights the many benefits of open-ended play activities like building, pretending, creating, and just getting all-around …

  4. 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 …

  5. Activities To Help Your Kid Decode Words

    One of the foundational reading skills that most children learn in early elementary or primary school is how to decode words. While decode sounds like something spies do, decoding is actually the ability to see a written word and read it aloud. This process is often known familiarly as being able to sound out words when reading. Sound complicated? It’s not, we swear! Plus we’re …

  6. Where Did The Phrase “The Dog Ate My Homework” Come From?

    Dogs are known as man’s best friend. Dogs keep us safe, are hard workers … and can provide a handy excuse in a pinch. Maybe that’s why versions of the classic expression the dog ate my homework have been around for hundreds of years. Today, the dog ate my homework is used as a stock example of the kind of silly excuses schoolchildren give for …

  7. How To Write A Book Report

    Throughout grade school, your kids may be asked to write book reports about fiction and nonfiction books they’ve read. These assignments can seem daunting—it’s challenging to write a short summary about something as long as a book! But when you break it down, writing a book report is not so different from other types of informational writing. A book report is an informational essay summarizing …

  8. How To Help Early Readers With The Different Types Of Syllables And Vowels

    When they are learning to read, children are often taught about syllables first. Having a firm understanding of how many syllables appear in each word and how each of those syllables is pronounced makes the introduction to reading a little bit easier. If children know how to identify the syllables in a word, they can break longer multisyllabic words up into smaller, more manageable segments …

  9. Can You Compete In This New Episode Of Our Grammar Gameshow?

    We're back ... and it's Round 3 of our Gigantic Grammar Gameshow. We know you missed us. Today, we'll quiz these contestants about grammar. Because grammar questions are endless, folks.
  10. How To Write A Summary

    If you’re telling someone a story, you don’t recite everything everyone said or did; that would be incredibly boring. You’d just give the highlights: who was there, where you all were, and the important events. In other words, you give a summary of what happened. What is a summary? A summary of a text is a brief restatement of the important details. You don’t repeat …