early years

The 2017 IXL Spring Learning Showdown Is Here!

Enter your class in our contest for the chance to win a prize!

March 13, 2017

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In the Classroom
The 2017 IXL Spring Learning Showdown Is Here!

Get ready! The annual IXL Spring Learning Showdown begins April 1st. Prepare for a month of learning by challenging your class to answer as many questions as they can for the chance to win a pizza party!

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How to Foster Self-Directed Learning in Your Classroom

Part 2 of a two-part series on self-directed learning

March 3, 2017

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For Admins, In the Classroom
How to Foster Self-Directed Learning in Your Classroom

Socrates said that “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” It’s an apt metaphor for learning, but how exactly do you go about kindling those flames? Encouraging student agency is a great way to start! Read on for ideas of how to do so, and don’t miss last week’s post on the value of self-directed learning.

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The Ins and Outs of Self-Directed Learning in the Classroom

Part 1 of a two-part series on self-directed learning

February 28, 2017

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For Admins, In the Classroom
The Ins and Outs of Self-Directed Learning in the Classroom

The term “self-directed learning” has been flying around education circles, but what exactly is it and why is it important in the classroom? We tackle these questions and more below.

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New Phonics and Reading Skills for Budding Bookworms!

Plus new and updated math and social studies skills

February 21, 2017

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At Home, For Admins, In the Classroom
New Phonics and Reading Skills for Budding Bookworms!

Exciting news for young readers and writers: we’ve just released over 100 new phonics and reading skills to support early literacy development! And—we have new and revamped math skills for kindergarten through precalculus, as well as updated social studies skills for middle school. Check out the new content on IXL, or keep reading for all the details.

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IXL Releases Middle School Science and Social Studies

December 20, 2016

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At Home, For Admins, In the Classroom
IXL Releases Middle School Science and Social Studies

We have good news for middle schoolers: IXL has just debuted science and social studies content for grades 6-8! These new grade levels put more than 250 exciting skills at your fingertips—and there’s more! Don’t miss our new and revamped math skills for 6th grade through Algebra 1. Read on to learn more or go to IXL.com to try out all of our new content!

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Festive Family Activities for an Enlightening Winter Break

December 6, 2016

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At Home
Festive Family Activities for an Enlightening Winter Break

With winter break fast approaching, it’s nice to look forward to some quality family time. For a holiday season to remember, we’ve created a list of fun family activities that will give you a chance to soak up the season—and learn a thing or two.

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Wonderful Winter Reads for Kids of All Ages

A chilly reading round-up perfect for the ice and snow

December 1, 2016

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At Home
Wonderful Winter Reads for Kids of All Ages

Curl up with a good book and a steaming mug of hot chocolate to ward off the winter chill! We’ve rounded up some great wintry picks for kids of all ages—and adults too—that will make this the most wonderful time of year.

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Teaching Kids to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

November 30, 2016

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At Home
Teaching Kids to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

Flu season is upon us! Young children are particularly susceptible to this annual peak in influenza, which sends an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 to the hospital because of flu-related complications. One of the best ways to prevent kids from getting sick is to teach them how to practice good hygiene at home and at school, where the virus can easily spread among students. Read on for some ways you can help your kids stay healthy through winter and beyond!

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Give Thanks: Thanksgiving Gratitude Activities

November 21, 2016

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At Home
Give Thanks: Thanksgiving Gratitude Activities

This Thanksgiving, get to the heart of the holiday with random acts of kindness, thoughtful art projects, and more! Here are a few ways to fill those pre-dinner hours with meaningful activities that cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

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5 Fun and Educational Halloween Activities for the Whole Family

October 28, 2016

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At Home
5 Fun and Educational Halloween Activities for the Whole Family

Looking for some wickedly fun Halloween activities that the whole family can enjoy? These simple ideas are as festive as they are educational—and they guarantee good times, whether you’re hosting a weekend monster mash or simply counting down to October 31.

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