20 Creative Questions for Kids

20 Creative Questions to Ask Kids

Grab a FREE digital journal for your students to record their answers! Creative Questions to Ask Kids Asking open-ended, engaging questions is a great way to get to know your students and for them to get to know each other. Use these ones as discussion prompts or as writing prompts for journals or notebooks. Here are the 20 Questions (Great for Journal Prompts!) How would

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Five Fun Summer Journal Ideas

Kids often embrace the idea of a summer journal because it is a nice way to capture some summer experiences and it has a finite end – the end of summer is the end of the journal. Here are three fun ideas. Nature Journal Use a book with unlined pages (or half lined pages) for a nature journal. Use the journal to record interesting things found

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Most parents of teenagers know that their kids go through periods of low motivation. I'm sharing how I motivated my high school freshman one summer, which led to higher grades and a desire to attend a great college! Click through to read how I did it.

Get your High School Freshman Motivated this Summer

I rarely write personal stories on Minds in Bloom, but in addition to being over the moon about my daughter’s grades, there is a good takeaway for parents, so please bear with me (or just skip to the last paragraph for the takeaway).   Before this school year, my daughter Lucy’s academic career was far from stellar. She was at best a C student with little

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Take an ABC Nature Walk!

  “Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” -John Lubbock This summer, Minds in Bloom will be focusing on nature – certainly one of the greatest inspirations for creativity. Posts will mostly be activity based, starting with this one: An ABC Nature Walk

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Diffy is a fun subtraction game that will get your students thinking about subtraction strategies. You can play it with whole numbers, integers, fractions, and more!

Diffy – A Fun Subtraction Game!

Diffy is great for practicing subtraction, but it also requires students to think logically and identify patterns. It can be played with integers, negative numbers, fractions, decimals, and money, but I think it is most fun with whole numbers. It’s great for kids, but adults enjoy playing, too. Begin by writing four different numbers into the four circles on each of the outer corners. Fill

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