Halloween is often a fun holiday for kids and parents alike: choosing a costume, decorating the house and canvasing the neighborhood to build up a candy bounty. For some kids, however, the ghost stories, tombstone decorations and spooky music are simply too terrifying. Here are some great ways to turn Halloween from frightening into fun:
1) Think Whimsical… Not Witches
2) Pumpkin Painting
Who says pumpkins have to be carved with ghoulish faces? Let your kids design and paint smiling faces and fun characters on their pumpkins. And don’t forget the accessories! Hats, earrings, yarn hair – the possibilities are limitless!
3) Light The Way
No matter how old you are, the dark can be scary. Add festive lighting outside your home like glow stick pumpkin jars. And if your child feels brave enough to go trick-or-treating, make sure to bring a few flashlights. It’s empowering for a kid to have his or her own light! If the darkness is altogether too much, venture out in the late afternoon and stay close to home.
School is back in session! For many parents that means getting the kids fed and to the bus stop—or in the car—on time. Home schooling parents have a unique set of challenges when school starts again—like figuring out what’s on the curriculum for the year!
National Home Schooling Day is Friday, September 19. Whether you’re a new or a veteran home schooling parent (or if you’re just curious) these online resources might come in handy. Know of a good one we missed? Add it to the comments!
A free email subscription service that sends one themed lesson per day, Monday through Saturday. Subject areas include math, social sciences, and ideas for virtual field trips.
This is a subscription-based site that utilizes progressive levels of teaching for Pre-K and Kindergarten-level students. A tickets and virtual rewards system incentivizes children to move on to the next lesson.
Children aged 3 to 7 learn to read (and enjoy it!) through interactive animations, fun games, great songs and lots of virtual rewards.
Available both in print and online, this magazine was started in 2002 with a focus on “life learning,” that is, teaching and learning fluidly, rather than the finite “in school hours”. Included are generalized lessons, personal articles and support materials on how to teach children to become life learners.