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Are Dictionaries Still Relevant?

We came across this article that emphasizes the use of dictionaries and wanted to share it with you… “In today’s fast-moving digital age and with so much information available at the stroke of a keypad or swipe of a finger, does the need for...

Duolingo – Learn Another Language at Home

We all would like to learn a new language or several languages. When I grew up in Holland, I had to learn several languages in high school. They included Dutch, English, French, German, Latin, and Greek. But the only one I learned how to speak at that time was, of...

My Favorite Apps

Meet one of our homeschooling moms. Rocky is one of our app testers and writers. She compiled a list of some of her favorite apps, based on different criteria. And she has tested hundreds! We have included the link to download these apps if you’re interested....

Help your kids learn, and make it fun!

Keep your kids busy and having fun with these learning apps. While we are all coping with more together time with our kids, ABCApps has found and reviewed tons of learning apps that can help kids learn while having fun.  You can find reports of all of these on...

Great Homeschooling Options

Right now, we are living with this unusual set of circumstances worldwide, and many of us have been thrown into the role of homeschoolers. Fortunately, several of the usual homeschooling programs and websites are offering free or discounted access to help parents and...

Reading & Comprehension

Have you ever seen a student read something perfectly then ask them questions about it afterward and come to find out that they didn’t know anything about the content of what they just read? They can read, right? So why don’t they understand what they are reading? Too...

Why pay for an app when you can download it for free?

While many of the educational apps we recommend are free to begin with, here is a reason why you should pay for an ad-free upgrade. Apps have to make money for the developer. It costs typically $35,000 or more to develop a well-working educational app. The problem is,...

Kids at Home – Helping in the Kitchen

We are aware that many of you are still stuck at home, and the days are long. So we want to help make your burden a little lighter. Here are some more tips to get your children to contribute and help out at home, while also learning valuable skills! 1) We already...

More Tips for Kids at Home

In light of the current environment, you may really need to get accustomed to your kids being at home and coping with all that entails. Here are some more tips to get them to contribute and really help out at home, while also learning valuable skills! 1) Use this as...

How to get kids to take a break from the computer

Here are a few more tips on what to do with your kids when they are at home. Try these to increase their morale if they are getting bored or restless. 1) I strongly believe in giving kids chores to do around the house. Beds don’t magically get made and floors don’t...

Kids at Home Series – PART 2

How did we suddenly all become homeschooling parents? How do you keep your child engaged and what can you do to help them cope? Here are a few more tips to help you manage while you also are helping your children handle being home all day. 1) Get Outside! Physical...

Kids at Home Series – Part 1

What do I do now? The first in our “KIDS AT HOME Series”… Tips and ideas for parents of kids who are usually in school but are now at home. What do you do with your kids when they are at home all day? How do you get your work done and keep your sanity – while...

California to Spend $50 Million to Help Kids with Reading

Although this sounds like a magnanimous effort, the fact is that the State of California had failed its citizens, its young citizens in particular, when it came to educating them. Due to this failure, a civil rights suit was filed, resulting in a judgment requiring...

ARE MANNERS IMPORTANT?

Let’s start by defining what manners really are. They are the social actions we take in order to be easily accepted by others around us. The ultimate goal, in my opinion, is simply to gain cooperation and camaraderie. That sounds like a pretty good deal! There...

10 ways to use iPads in Classrooms

Across the education sector, tablets in schools are becoming a common phenomenon, allowing teachers to harness the power of technology to improve the learning journey in a host of different ways. From research to education apps and interactive experiences, here are 10...

Cultivating the next gen of coders – ninja style

Strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” suddenly fill the Denver dojo. The song drowns out the merry din of bells, whistles, dings and dance beats that usually flow from freshly built computer games. The ninjas all pause their work. The song signals that one of their own...

IQ – WHAT I LEARNED IN AN ORPHANAGE IN KOREA PART II

Last week I promised I would tell you what we can learn from the startling fact that IQ can be changed. So, here it is:You will get what you put your attention on.All manner of things can be controlled by simply making observations and comments in the direction of...

Warning! Your child may be sleep deprived!

Did you know that from 9 months to 9 years of age, your child needs a minimum of 11 (yes ELEVEN) hours of sleep?So, it’s time for you to wake up to the facts: 90% of those problems you have with your kids that have fancy psychiatric names are actually a...

You Have Been Fooled Over and Over Again

You have been duped into thinking that when it comes to your own child, other people with lots of titles and initials before and after their names, know better than you about what is best.You have also probably been convinced that because parents are so passionately...