How To Keep Your Child Excited About Learning 

 

Your child’s education is the building block to their life. It is never too early to start teaching your child to stimulate their brain. Did you know that the first 3 years of their life is the most crucial to their development? That is physical, intellectual, social and emotional development.

 

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Children are our future. We as parents want the best for our kids. We strive to teach them everything they need to know to succeed in life.

That’s why I want to introduce you to Education.com. If you haven’t heard of them before, they are an amazing company that provides educationals games, activities and lessons for Pre-K to 5th grade.

If you are a teach, a parent, or homeschooling your child, this site if full of resources that will help you make teaching fun for the children.

 Every child learns at a different pace, and processes information differently. Education.com keeps that in mind with all of their learning materials that their educational experts developed. Materials such as printable worksheets, online games, lesson plans, and you can create your own.

They have provided me with a couple Free printouts that you can download.

Valentine’s Day Word Trace

Valentine’s Day Crossword Puzzle

 

Valentine’s Day Word Trace Answer Key

Valentine’s Day Crossword Answer Key

Kids will LOVE tracing the Valentine’s Day words in this worksheet. Moms will LOVE the practice they will gain with letter formation. Here even more children educational resources to love at Education.com.

This fun crossword will challenge kids with facts about Valentine’s Day. It’s also a great way to practice spelling and word recognition. Be sure to check out Education.com for even more fun learning games and resources.

Different stages of children’s education

What kids learn in each grade, and what you can do at home with them 

 Pre-K

Learn through play

-Communicating in class- Language

-Teacher reading out loud- Literacy

-Tracing shapes, compare big and small- Math

-What floats and sinks in water- Science

-Being the helper of the day; learn how to help each other- Social Studies

 

Activities to do at home

-Play with building blocks and talk and ask questions like, what color block they want to put on the top

-Read a book. Throughout the book ask fun engaging questions about what they just read

-Collect rocks and count how many they have

– Plant a seed and watch it grow

– Play house. Have them do the decision making.

Kindergarten

More Formal Learning

-Learn how sounds and letters form words-Language

-Practice writing-Literacy

-Starting to learn the concept of measurement of time-Math

-Learning about weather, animals, and plants-Science

-Starting to form opinions, and learning more about the world around them- Social Studies

 

 Activities to do at home

-Do a rhyming game

-Do grouping and counting with M&Ms

-Bean sprout experiment-

  •  Place bean seed on a wet paper towel.
  •  Place them on a plate in a mild sunlight.
  •  Sprinkle water daily, and watch them grow for the next 5-6 days.

-Around the world. Make other country’s flags

First Grade

Becoming more independent

-Taking their first step with becoming fluent readers-Literacy

-Creative writing skills start to develop. Sounding out words to write.-Language

-Learning more abstract math such as time, money, simple adding and subtracting-Math

-Starting to understand how the earth, animals, and human body work- Science

-Starting to become self-sufficient and following rules- Social Studies

 

Activities to do at home

– Practice sounding out letters as they write the word

-Use fun objects like colored blocks, jelly beans etc. to practice math

-Walking Water-

  • Get about six glasses and fill 3 with water, and place them in a circle or line.
  • Use primary food coloring to color the water each a different color.
  • Fold 6 pieces of paper towel long ways and and place middle of the towel in the water, and the ends stinking out going in the empty jars, having the ends touching each other.
  • Watch and see what happens with the water starts to wick onto the next paper towel.

-Have them help you make something, by following the directions and have them navigate the kitchen to gather the ingrdiants

Second Grade

Starting to implement what they’ve learned in previous years to their daily lives

-Read and writing more fluently. Starting to write sentences and short stories- Language/ Literacy

-More complex math. Learning multiplication and division- Math

-Use what they know and come up with prediction- Science

-Broadening their knowledge of other communities- Social Studies

 

Activities to do at home

– Find or write out a short simple paragraph for them to read, with simple questions for them to answer after they are done reading.

-Number game.

  • Write down a number.
  • Have them write it, say it.                                                                                                
  • Have them add a number to it, subtract a number to it.                                                                     
  • Write down the next 4 even numbers (how every many), and the next 4 odd numbers (again, however many).

-Have them learn about the caterpillar life cycle and have them see it in real life

-Have them label what it means to be a good citizen

Third Grade

Starting to do work more independently without needing strict directions

-Their reading capabilities are more complex. They are able to summarize what they have learned. Able to organize what they have read into webs and maps.- Language/Literacy

-Their math skills are now more challenging, working with larger numbers, fractions and decimals-Math

-They learn more about the Earth, Sun and Moon and how they work. Food chain and life cycle.-Science

-They start to understand consequences of their actions. They also learn about different regions and communities. –Social Studies

 

Activities to do at home

-Have your child read a book then do an activity based on what they just read.

– Role play clerk and customer. Have them count coins and pretend they are buying something from a store

-Make a lava lamp.

  • Fill a plastic bottle ⅓ of it with water.
  • Pour vegitable oil in leaving about 2 inches from rim.
  • Drop a few drops of food coloring in the bottle.
  • Break up Alka Seltzer and drop it into the bottle and shake it.
  • You can use the same bottle and repeat the experiment over and over

– Draw and color the states on paper and write what each state is known for

 

Fourth Grade

Start working in groups, figuring out organization skills and planning skills

-Expanding their reading in different genres. Starting to structure together paragraphs- Language/Literacy

-They are building on their math skills. Learning geometry and learning different equations. Able to read and build graphs and tables. –Math

-Able to come up with predictions and hypothesis while doing experiments. Learning about the solar system, energy, and matter.-Science

-Able to put history events in chronological order. They also learn about the government and how they make laws. –Social Studies

 

Activities to do at home

-Write a short play together and act it out.

-Make a bingo card with different numbers and play multiplication/division bingo

-Get foam balls, craft materials, paint and create a solar system

-Draw a tree and have them label the three branches of the government, and write the description and role each of them have.

 

Fifth Grade

Using every building block they have learned throughout elementary school. Also implementing their long-term planning skills.

-Able to analyze the story they are reading, the character setting and the plot.-Language/Literacy

-Able to multiply and divide fractions. Incorporate their math skills into real life.  -Math

-Have become little scientists who can do experiments and put data together. –Science

-Learn about American history, the movement and why a lot of people moved to the United States. Learn about their body and puberty.-Social Studies

 

Activities to do at home

-After reading have them answer questions about what they read.

  • What their favorite part was.
  • I wonder why…
  • My favorite character was…
  • What I pictured in my head…
  • I predict…
  • The ending was… etc.

-Make a game for math.

Example:

  • Write a decimal or fraction with the greater, less than, or equal to sign.
  • See how fast they can go through the problems, or have them compete against someone.

-Make your own crystals.

  • Get cleaning pipes and shape them whoever you’d like.
  • Attach the pipe cleaner to the lid of a jar with a string
  • Pour boil water into the jar.
  • Add about 8 teaspoons of Borax into the jar.
  • Set the jar in an undisturbed area for about a day, and watch the crystals form.
  • To make it more fun add any color of food coloring.

-Learn about different foods from other countries and find a recipe to cook together

 Watching my boys grow-even in their short lives, it amazes me how smart they are and how much they learn and comprehend in such a short amount of time.

Make learning fun and engaging so they will crave more. There are SO many more activities that you can do with your child at home or in the classroom. Checkout Education.com for over 30,000 learning materials for your child.