Thank you SimplyCircle customers!

Elena Krasnoperova - Sunday, November 17th, 2019

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Farewell post by Elena Krasnoperova, SimplyCircle founder

SimplyCircle was recently acquired by Konstella, a leading parent engagement platform. As the founder of SimplyCircle, I want to thank you for using our service, and explain what the acquisition means for you.

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5 Ways Teachers Can Support Students With Autism

Elena Krasnoperova - Sunday, November 17th, 2019

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An autism spectrum disorder is a range of mental disorders that manifests itself in communication difficulties, narrow interests and repetitive behavior. And this is a problem when you try to find a way to educate learners with autism. Although every autistic child may respond differently to learning methods, here are a few strategies that are commonly used to help children with autism enhance their learning potential.

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10 Life Skills Kids Learn While Playing Sports at a Young Age

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

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Guest blog post by Amanda Moore

Playing youth sports isn’t just about winning the championship game or scoring as many points as possible. Youth sports aren’t just about physical activity, they’re about acquiring certain life skills. For kids, learning how to play a sport can be extremely beneficial, from a psychological and social perspective. Sports can teach kids the value of hard work, commitment, self-discipline, and how to fail with dignity. They can teach kids how to effectively deal with extreme pressure and stress. Additionally, how to be a leader and work well as a member of a team.

Here are the top 10 life skills that can kids learn while playing sports at a young age, all of which will benefit kids for years to come:

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Learning to Read: How to Help Young Children

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

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Believe it or not, we’re not all blessed with the ability to read. In fact, if recent counts are anything to go by, over thirty million people in America alone are illiterate.

Clearly, this is a frightening statistic. After all, most of us feel as though this is a basic need – and one that is fulfilled during those initial years at school.

Even if your child is attending school regularly, there are certainly ways to accelerate how they learn to read though. It would be fair to say that this is something which has become “easier”, so to speak, thanks to the likes of leveled books which can specifically target a child’s reading level.

Methods such as the above aside, let’s now take a look at some of the main things you can do at home to help your child read better.

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A Parent’s Guide To Keeping Children Safe Online

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

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Once the Internet of Things is fully integrated into our lives, children will have more chances to go online. How can parents ensure that kids are surfing the web safely? In this article, we break down the questions of digital security to help you keep your kids safe online.

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Neuroscience of Learning: 25 Terms Every Teacher Should Know

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

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The educational world constantly evolves. Academics seek effective teaching strategies, come up with new methods and approaches. Today, increased attention is paid to students’ thinking habits and the work of a human brain.

However, neuroscience is just starting to gain momentum. This area is still underdeveloped, especially in the educational context. There is a large gap between dry scientific postulates and things which learners do in the classroom. Educators have no reliable resources, well-tested tools, and clear guidelines explaining what should be done to improve young people’s academic experience. There are very few pedagogical researches on neuroscience and, as a rule, they are rather vague and questionable.

However, this does not mean that teachers and administrators should not try to understand the basics of neuroscience. In this article, experts from Pro-Papers have outlined some important terms.

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How Cultural Exposure Enhances Early Education

Elena Krasnoperova - Friday, August 16th, 2019

Guest post by Alyssa Abel, education writer at Syllabusy

A young child’s mind is a sponge. In ancient times, Aristotle spoke about the tabula rasa, or blank slate, all children are born possessing. What we as a society choose to write on that slate influences everything from a child’s career trajectory to society itself.

Children know no boundaries of race, religion or culture. We instill them with these ideals over time. If we hope to become a more fair, just, diverse and accepting society, we benefit from exposing children to different cultures from a young age. Here’s why early cultural exposure improves children’s lives and learning capabilities.

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7 Learning Styles to Up Your Game

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

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A learning style is the way a person understands and retains knowledge. There are seven different learning styles which are all very unique. While some people have one dominant style of learning, others prefer to mix them depending on the situation they’re in.

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6 Ways to Support Students During Summer Break

Elena Krasnoperova - Sunday, July 28th, 2019

Guest blog post by Susan Wallace

Summer vacation is quickly approaching, and two months can be quite a long break away from learning. Usually, students lose approximately two months’ worth of reading and math skills during the summer break. Over half of the overall achievement gap between higher- and lower-income youth can be attributed to unequal access to summer learning (or lack thereof). Moreover, around a quarter of teachers take about two months just re-teaching materials taught the previous year.

However, by having your students engage in the 6 learning activities described below, you can ensure that they remain engaged in learning during the summer break and prevent summer learning loss.

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15 Books All Kids Should Read by Age 12

Elena Krasnoperova - Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Guest blog post by Nicky Quinton

Reading is an essential aspect of children’s education. Not all books are designed for kids, and you should be careful with your book choices. Here is a list of 15 books that all kids should read before they turn 12.

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