There has been plenty of research linking brain breaks to higher productivity among adults in the workplace, but recent studies (and observation during virtual learning) show that elementary school students also need regular, short breaks to move around, interact, and make something to be able to better focus on their academic lessons. These quick brain pauses peppered throughout the day aren’t … [Read more...] about Take 5: Brain Breaks Help with Focus at Any Age
There is no mistake that the pandemic has forever changed the landscape of how our young people learn and study, but is the prevalence and accessibility of online publications helping or hindering literacy progress for elementary school students? Several studies have been conducted since mid-2020 to assess the effectiveness of screen versus print reading, and the research results indicate the … [Read more...] about Do Students Learn Better in Print or on Screen?
For the past 22 years, Lights On Afterschool has been a nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities. This year, the celebration is on October 20, 2022 and we will be marking the occasion with a few fun activities for the students we serve. #LightbulbChallenge Every year, the Afterschool Alliance team … [Read more...] about Lights On Afterschool: How We Celebrate
Sometimes homework can seem stressful, not just for kids but for parents, too! So, what is the purpose of homework? Is homework even beneficial? Homework might seem like a daunting task that takes up time, but it can serve an important purpose in learning. What's the Main Purpose of Homework? Teachers don't assign homework for no reason. The main purpose for assigning homework is to have … [Read more...] about What’s the Purpose of Homework?
Many children tend to be unmotivated when it comes to school. Teachers do their best to try and keep students entertained and engaged, but an unmotivated student is not willing to learn regardless of a teacher’s efforts. How a child feels about learning can be influenced by a parent’s actions outside of school. Here are some ways you can keep your child motivated in the classroom! Be Involved … [Read more...] about Ways to Keep Your Child Motivated in the Classroom