Crayola Learning Resources

The Crayola website has a wide array of free activity, coloring and educator resources. Most of the coloring pages have the option to print and color or color online. Some of the categories include: science, social studies, Disney, holidays, seasons, sports and words and letters. My kids really like the online coloring option and I have found some helpful resources to supplement their lessons.

8 Things I Wish My Kid's School Understood About Autism

April is Autism Awareness Month, but in my house we are always aware of autism. My 8-year-old daughter was diagnosed with autism a few years ago, and autism has become just another part of our lives. ...more
Very well written Jody. I wish you and your lovely daughter good luck.more

Why Homeschooling Works for Us!

It's been a little over three years since I wrote the Why Homeschooling Works For Us!...more

Homeschool: Where Do the Presidential Candidates Stand?

I'm a homeschooling mom, and I have questions for the presidential candidates....more
Laura@HouseOfJoyfulNoise You are so welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it.   Thank you for telling me ...more

What Black History Month Could Be

It’s Black History Month and my daughter, like a lot of kids, will learn about the basics – the very basics: Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Dred Scot – and of course, MLK. I’m grateful for this annual spotlight, but I can’t help but think how that approach narrows Black History to people who lived within slavery and civil rights demonstrations....more
Black history is American history and it should be taught in all of the schools. Because people ...more

Before You Buy That Phone: Keeping Teens Safe Online

It is in the media again. A child murdered by an online predator who lured her/him through a social media account. As a parent of soon to be tweens, this has the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I have been an iPhone customer for 4 years now, and we bought our iPad 2 years ago. So that made me a smartphone owner at the ripe old age of 36 years old. My youngest, at 5 years old, has see the iPhone and iPad for 4 out of 5 years of her life already. She will grow up in a completely different world than me. ...more
Rita Arens I agree some kids personalities would mean a phone or a life on it would be no big ...more

Changing the Lessons of Black History Month

It’s Black History Month. I have to admit, it hasn’t always been a month I looked forward to. As a kid, I went to school in at a predominantly white public school. Out of 80 kids in my class, I believe there were about 10 African Americans. And that’s including me. Every single year, during the month of February, slavery was the central focus of teaching Black History Month. I hated it....more

One Small Girl Can Change the World

College Planning - Ten Tips

College,  post high school eduction, student loans, career planning. How to put it all together. It's not easy in most cases, and most of the deliberation centers around cost vs. potential earning....more

New Teacher's Guide to ELA Common Core Standards

With the implementation of the Common Core standards into my daily instruction, I have found my instruction is more targeted and purposeful. Because I teach 6th grade, the majority of my language arts lesson plans and resources are CCSS aligned for grades 4 through 8.While I have created tools for lower level readers due to the diverse levels of my student learners, I find based on DRAs, DIBELs, MAP testing, and other progress monitoring tools, my students are building their ELA skills in the range of grades 4-8....more