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Make Learning an Adventure

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Make Learning an Adventure

Here at merka, we’re passionate about kids learning, and that’s why we’ve created so many interactive products and resources. Whether you’re a student, parent, or educator, we want to help you make learning a fun and engaging experience. Using bright, colorful educational products like placemats at the dinner table can spark conversations that make learning an ongoing part of your day. Here are some other ways you can broaden your horizons, turning “school” into a lifelong journey of creativity and exploration: 1. Follow your curiosity This applies to both you and your child or student. When you’re curious about something,...

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How to Make Reading Part of Your Family Routine

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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...

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5 Ways to Help Your Child Talk About Their Day

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5 Ways to Help Your Child Talk About Their Day

“How was school today?” “Good.” It’s pretty much a guarantee that you’ve had that conversation with your child at some point in their school career. It can be frustrating when you genuinely want to hear some highlights from your child’s day, but even when you ask them open-ended questions, they don’t give you much of anything to discuss. Pushing through the challenge of sharing a little bit about their experiences every day is good for both your child and you. Oftentimes they would really like to connect with you about what they’re going through, but they don’t know where to...

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5 Winter-Themed Learning Activities

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5 Winter-Themed Learning Activities

Now that it’s the middle of winter and the excitement of the holidays has worn off, it’s the perfect time to add some zest to your snow day or after-school routine with some crafts or games that double as educational tools, and allow you to spend some quality time with your child. These ideas can also be used in a classroom or child care setting. Read on for five of our favorite winter-themed learning ideas. Paper Plate Snowflake Yarn Art This fun craft is cheerful, colorful, and helpful for practicing hand-eye coordination and beginner sewing techniques. Winter Collage Scene for...

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The Best Ways to Teach Kids About History

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The Best Ways to Teach Kids About History

Giving kids a sense of their place in history can orient them to their identity and culture. Knowing history allows us to form a mental image of when any given historical event took place. For example, you may have never heard of the AD 17 Lydia earthquake, but if you have a general knowledge of ancient history, you might hear about this earthquake and you’ll have a sense of what the world was like at that time. Learning the fundamentals of ancient, medieval, and modern history gives you a framework to understand the passage of time and how our world...

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