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Archive for November, 2013

Grammar Graphics: Horse vs Hoarse

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

We know that mastering the English language and all its quirks can be tricky, so we’ve rounded up some commonly mixed-up words and invented some silly scenes to go along with them. Use our Grammar Graphics to help make these words’ definitions — and differences— stick!

Feeling a little horse?

hand-horse
 

Wait, that’s not right.

Try as we might to avoid getting sick, it just seems inevitable this time of year—it starts off with a cough or a sniffle, and one morning you wake up with a hoarse throat that doesn’t go away. There’s a sticky “ack!” in the back of your throat. That’s one way to remember the difference of this homophone pair: Being sick puts the “a” in hoarse. Get it?

Hoarse and Horse

Have you avoided catching a cold this year? What’s your secret?

Sound it Out with Phonics Games!

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

The Education.com staff is still having a great time with Brainzy, our new educational games for early readers! Some of our favorite Brainzy sequences are the interactive phonics games. Phonics games are perfect for teaching young readers about the sounds that letters make and how to sound out simple words. Preview our fun phonics games below!

Each phonics concept is introduced to Brainzy players with a video full of charming melodies, engaging lessons, and dancing letters! Kids will learn the vowel sounds with a song to the tune of “Ten in the Bed.”

Muggo needs help finding the word that will power his friend-making machine! Kids will need to use their phonics skills to find words that start with the given letter. This phonics game helps kids identify the onset rime, or first sound, in a word.

Brainzy players learn phonics through engaging exercises and colorful characters. Kids will learn about phonics through monster letters that appear in teaching moments and storybooks. Kids can listen to the stories to gain familiarity with letter sounds through alliteration, or read at their own pace to practice their new skills.

Brainzy not only makes reading practice fun, but it also helps young children work on the skills that teachers believe are critical for future academic success. Each phonics game reinforces a specific English Language Arts Common Core skill, and allows kids to practice each ELA “building block” in an engaging way until they fully grasp it.

Blogger Spotlight: Hanukkah Crafts

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

It’s almost time for Hanukkah, and we’re preparing for the Festival of Lights by making fun and festive crafts! We’ve rounded up some amazing and unique Hanukkah crafts from parenting and education bloggers that you and your child can make together this holiday season.

This Hanukkah gift calendar from Busy in Brooklyn is a beautiful and simple craft that kids will look forward to eight days in a row!

Did you know that Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coincide this year? ‘Thanksgivukkah’ hasn’t occurred nationally since 1918, and it won’t happen again until 2070! Celebrate this rare mash-up of winter holidays with a ‘Chanacopia’ like the one on Jew It Up!

How cute is this sparkly rhinoceros menorah from Aunt Peaches? Substitute a toy dino for the rhino and turn it into a perfect Dinovember accessory!

 

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Grammar Graphics: Desert vs Dessert

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

We know that mastering the English language and all its quirks can be tricky, so we’ve rounded up some commonly mixed-up words and invented some silly scenes to go along with them. Use our Grammar Graphics to help make these words’ definitions — and differences— stick!

Speaking of dessert, let’s take this week to tackle desert vs dessert.

A classic mnemonic device to differentiate the spelling of these two words is to tell yourself that when it’s dessert, you want to ask for seconds (because there are two S’s in dessert…get it?). We just wanted to top that off with a delicious desert scene and definitions.

Desert and Dessert

What dessert do you want a piece of this holiday season?

Stuff We Like: Dinovember!

Monday, November 18th, 2013

 

What? How are we, Education.com, only JUST NOW finding out about Dinovember?

We discovered this post on Medium.com about Dinovember (click through for clarification on what that is — we don’t want to spoil it!), and we instantly fell in love with the idea and the message it promotes: ”In a time when the answers to all the world’s questions are a web-search away, we want our kids to experience a little mystery…Childhood is fleeting, so let’s make sure it’s fun while it lasts.”

We know not all moms and dads have time to stage such elaborate productions for their kids, but if you do, we’d like to encourage you to try something similar with your kids. It doesn’t even have to be dinosaurs: Use something that’s symbolic of whatever they’re into, be it fairy princesses, construction vehicles, or 18th-century history. Refe is right: every kid deserves to wonder a little while longer.

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Dinosaur Coloring Pages

Introducing Brainzy!

Friday, November 15th, 2013

All of us at Education.com have been having a lot of fun with Brainzy, our new educational games for early readers. We’ve had a great time seeing kids enjoy Brainzy’s humor-filled teaching moments, fun songs and colorful cast of characters!

Brainzy has a bunch of games that help kids build a foundation for a lifelong love of reading and writing, including a great selection of alphabet games. Alphabet games help young readers practice letter recognition, letter-sound matching, and reading engagement. Check out a few of Brainzy’s fun alphabet games for kids below!

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Backpack Sort helps children identify different vowels in decodable words as they pack Floyd and Tutu’s backpacks for school! This alphabet game gives kids great practice with letter recognition and vowel identification.

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Grammar Graphics: Peace vs Piece

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

We know that mastering the English language and all its quirks can be tricky, so we’ve rounded up some commonly mixed-up words and invented some silly scenes to go along with them. Use our Grammar Graphics to help make these words’ definitions — and differences— stick!

Here’s the first of our super-shareable Grammar Graphics: Peace vs Piece.

Peace and Piece

I find  peace in sipping a cup of coffee while reading a book, and I wouldn’t turn down a piece of cake to go with that.

Where or when do you find your piece of peace?

Blogger Spotlight: Handprint and Footprint Crafts

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

We’ve seen some very cool activities, games, and crafts floating around the blogosphere recently! To celebrate all of the great things that parenting and education bloggers have been posting, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite handprint and footprint crafts from recent blog posts.

This hand and foot print peacock activity from Rockabye Butterfly is cute and simple for young artists! Squishy paint between toes and fingers is wonderful for sensory play, too. Handprints and footprints would also make a very cute Thanksgiving turkey with a full and colorful tail!

These prints of Frankenstein’s monster from Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails are adorable! A tiny footprint add just the right amount of whimsy to the title monster from Mary Shelley’s tale of horror.

This canvas handprint tree from Glued to My Crafts is a great keepsake for parents, and it acts as a perfect autumnal decoration! It’s also a nice way to preserve your child’s little handprint in a polished setting that will look good every fall.