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Fifth grade is about more than just state capitals, decimals and probability; these tech-savvy kids are preparing to enter middle school. Help upper elementary students stay on top of their game with the best apps for 5th graders, including 5th grade math apps and 5th grade reading apps. These engaging, age-appropriate apps encourage learning in a fun, hands-on way.
Ads pop up whether your strolling down the street or browsing the internet. They may seem harmless enough, but experts agree that advertising, especially when marketing towards children, has lasting negative effects on their physical and mental health. There's no ad blocker you can install on your kid, so what's a parent to do? Find out was to keep grounded in the face of consumerism with these steps.
Of all the effects of television on children, seeing vivid imagery and sounds of scary news stories is one that's almost impossible to avoid. Today, kids can witness natural disasters and global conflicts on their television and computer screens easier than ever before. Depending on your child's age, you should have to hide real-life happenings completely, but you should take the necessary steps to make sure you don't end up traumatizing him either. We've compiled 10 tips to help you talk with your child about the tragic news in the world.
Here's a quick guide that will walk your preteen through writing a letter to your local politician.
If you own a tablet or smartphone, chances are you love it for browsing the web or playing games, but what about creating artwork? The best art apps give your kids a chance to foster creativity and get imaginative with different mediums.
Sleepaway camps can be a great experience that helps kids build independence, social skills and a love of the outdoors. But for a kid who is homesick at summer camp, it can be a tough week to live through. But this shouldn't deter you or your child, says Gregg Parker, owner and director of Camp Waziyatah in Waterford, Maine. 'Don’t let fear rule the day,' he says. 'You shouldn’t force your child into camp, but encourage them strongly so they don’t back out of something that will be wonderful and a great experience for them.” Learn how you can help your child make summer camp one to remember ... for all the right reasons!
Here are four brand new titles that will turn your kindergartener on to reading, and make for a wonderful summer together.
We've searched high and low for new titles to entice even the most reluctant of middle school readers. Here are our list of favorites:
In today's wired world, kids are faced with more hi-tech stimulation than ever before. Help your little one unplug and reconnect with nature with these tips.
We've combed the shelves for new titles to spice up summer reading. Here's our list of favorites:
We've combed the shelves for new titles that have what it takes to engage fourth grade readers all summer long. Here's our list of favorites.
Teens today are entrenched in the online world, but do they really know how to create, and control, their own virtual persona?
Chores and children can seem to go together as well as peanut butter and spinach. In other words, they don't go together at all! But research shows what parents know instinctively: Getting kids to do chores is valuable to their development. Kids who grow up doing chores end up with a better sense of responsibility, ability to work in a team, and self-confidence. So, don't wait! Read our tips on getting your child to do his chores in and around the house.
Kids are using cell phones more and more at younger and younger ages. This brings plenty of new opportunities and conveniences, but also brings new dangers. Not only are children using social media more and venturing deeper into the Internet, but the materials and radiation of cell phones can be physically harmful. Read along to learn how to keep up with the times protect your child from the invisible health hazards of cell phones.
Modern parenting in the digital age can be tricky. Learn how to navigate hi-tech issues with these ways that technology has changed parenting.
Here's our essential guide to all things preschool science, plus expert book picks to make learning fun!
Fourth grade’s the year that the learning curve heats up! Kids graduate from rote reading to complex story comprehension, tackle multiple math operations and learn about new worlds to explore. To help you help your 4th grader succeed, Education.com has assembled an awesome collection of the best fourth grade apps, including our favorite reading and math apps for 4th graders. Check out these picks for learning tools guaranteed to stimulate interest and encourage independent thinking.
Preschool is the perfect time to begin exploring learning in a variety of ways. From the playground to the iPad, little learners are taught about everything from the alphabet and sharing to counting and comparing. Check out our picks for the best preschool apps on the market now.
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