How to Help Your Preschooler Learn to Tell Time

How to Help Your Preschooler Learn to Tell Time
Learning to tell time is a great milestone for children. Your preschooler may or may not be ready to do so, but it's a great time to start the skills necessary to tell time. Teaching your child to tell time helps them understand the sense of time. We all follow a schedule, whether we want to or not.

The Benefits of Unstructured Learning

The Benefits of Unstructured Learning

Unstructured learning is more than just play. It is removing the typical confinements of a classroom, allowing children to learn in an organic, natural method that feels right to them. Parents and educators must remember that play and unstructured learning is crucial for a child's well-rounded education. 

Don’t Forget to Visit the Library This Summer

Don’t Forget to Visit the Library This Summer
The library is a fantastic source for learning and entertainment this summer. It is never too early to foster the love of reading in your children. Reading is the gateway for all learning. Your library is one of the best resources for your children, and it is free!

8 Tips for Learning While on Vacation

8 Tips for Learning While on Vacation
Your summer vacation is the perfect time for kids to keep learning. Learning and discovering new things doesn’t have to be boring. Here are 8 tips for learning while on vacation. 

6 Nature Activities Your Child Will Love This Summer

6 Nature Activities Your Child Will Love This Summer
The world is alive during the summer, and it is the perfect time for some fun nature activities. Kids love spending time outside, and they need to learn more about the world around them. You should encourage your child to spend as much time outside as possible. Have picnics, swing, read outside, and garden, and try a few of these nature activities.

Can Language Arts Be Fun? Here Are Some Helpful Hints.

Can Language Arts Be Fun? Here Are Some Helpful Hints.

Language arts encompasses many facets of reading and writing, starting in pre-kindergarten and continuing all the way through high school and beyond. For some students (and parents or teachers), vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and creative writing come naturally, while others find language arts to be more difficult to grasp. Whether your child or student loves to read and write, or struggles and doesn’t enjoy it, incorporating creativity and fun into the learning process makes it more pleasant for everyone, and makes it much more likely that your student will succeed. Here are some suggestions for how to make language arts fun:...

3 Valentine's Day Learning Activities

3 Valentine's Day Learning Activities

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Holidays are always a good opportunity to combine themed activities with learning. For this holiday, we're focusing on fine motor skills activities you can do with your preschooler leading up to the day of love. We hope you enjoy these ideas, and if you try them out, be sure to leave a comment letting us know! Alphabet and Number Valentine’s Matching Game Via iheartcraftythings.com This activity is based on using the free heart printable provided. You can use this printable with ordinary dot stickers to create a Valentine’s-themed letter and number matching game....

How to Make Reading Part of Your Family Routine

How to Make Reading Part of Your Family Routine

Here at merka, we often talk about how important it is to read to your child. Reading together as a family is one of the best ways to help your child succeed academically and learn to love reading themselves. But sometimes it can be a challenge to fit reading into our busy schedules, or to get kids interested in it, especially as they get older. Whether you want to start a new routine of reading in your family, or you want to increase your child’s capacity for being attentive to a story, here are some tips to add more reading...