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Download a free Minecraft story map for kids and use it to teach creative writing skills. If you’ve got a kid who loves to write stories, or if you are a classroom teacher looking to motivate and teach narrative writing, you’ll love this project. Recently a reader came to Healthy Family looking for a Minecraft story map. I immediately thought, what a great idea! It’s difficult to teach kids the parts of a story and put it into action when you are dealing with very abstract ideas. But what if you used something that they are very familiar with, like Minecraft? (…)
Reading comprehension apps can be a great teaching tool for struggling kids. If you’ve been following Healthy Family for a while you’ve already read some of my reading comprehension articles for parents and teachers. I’m a firm believer in direct instruction and peer tutoring, but using reading comprehension apps is another powerful tool for your tool bag. I’d like to see kids with reading comprehension problems use these apps in addition to other strategies. They can make reading practice fun and enjoyable for the kid who’s not too motivated to read. Check out my top ten list of apps available in the app store that can help your child improve reading comprehension skills. (…)
I’ve created some reading comprehension strategies for you today that will work with 3rd through 5th grade kids. These reading comprehension strategies are beneficial for all kids, but my focus today is on special needs kids, particularly kids diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
If you are a parent looking for reading comprehension strategies for your ASD child my suggestions should help get you off to a good start. As you know, for ASD kids, a lot gets missed in the large classroom setting that makes homework time at the kitchen table quite difficult. The ASD child often forgets, misunderstands, and inappropriately responds to his assigned homework. Frustrated and tired parents usually end up doing the work for the child just to get it done.
If this sounds familiar, I’d like to offer you a few reading comprehension strategies. My reading tips will hopefully give you a few tools for your toolbox and take the torture out of homework time. (…)
I’ve designed 9 free reading comprehension posters for you to use with your kids. I’ve got free posters about synonyms, antonyms, context clues, deductive reasoning, organizing and classifying, drawing conclusions, cause and effect, sequencing, and comparing and contrasting. Students can use these posters to as visual aids in the classroom. Please download and enjoy them. These free reading comprehension posters are done in colorful cartoon art that kids will enjoy. (…)
Want Minecraft wrapping paper or wallpaper for a fun craft or special gift? One of our readers recently left a comment about the Minecraft box I made last year. The box is displayed on our popular Minecraft 3D paper craft page. I never did mention the box or offer links or free downloads of the wallpaper used to cover the box. Here is a quick tutorial on how I made the box and a few free downloads for you to enjoy. I hope these three Minecraft block wallpaper patterns will inspire you to create your own homemade Minecraft box. (…)
Healthy eating children’s book Hookitty Tookitty Tah tells the tale of a heroic boy and the bully dragon he outwits. This picture book is available in hardcover and as an iPad animated book app in the Apple Store. Hookitty Tookitty Tah was written by Antonio Mugica, a musician and writer (…)
Minecraft for Teachers: Now anyone with students can set up a custom Minecraft server for their class. There’s no need for technical computer coding skills. This is thanks to a little known custom mod created by Joel Levin, Santeri Koivisto, and Aleksi Postari at MinecraftEdu. The mod has been available (…)
ACAM doctors are a fast growing organization of doctors. The acronym stands for the American College for Advancement in Medicine. ACAM is a nonprofit medical society dedicated to educating physicians and other health care professionals in preventive/nutritional medicine. ACAM’s goals are to improve skills, knowledge and diagnostic procedures for patients.