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Minecraft Story Map for Kids: Teach Creative Writing with Minecraft

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? (…)

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Reading Comprehension Strategies for Parents of ASD Kids

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. (…)

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Free Reading Comprehension Posters for Kids to Make Learning Fun

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. (…)

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Minecraft for Teachers Mod Creates Your Own Custom Classroom Server

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 (…)

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Need Great Reading Resources for Kids to Avoid Summer Regression?

Need great reading resources for your kids that will tide you over until school starts up again in the fall? We found a few premium programs that have a variety of materials. These online reading programs offer reading practice, online games, reading activities, and reading assessments.

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