education

15 educational activities for kids´╗┐

15 educational activities for kids: from science experiments to reading activities, this list is a great resource for parents and teachers! Find it at starfishchicagoblog.wordpress.com.
Summer is coming soon, and I know what the kids are thinking: “Yay! No school!” The parents, on the other hand are thinking, “No school? What am I gonna do with these guys?!” No worries! We here at Starfish have scoured the world of Pinterest for the best educational activities for your kids, so you can keep ’em busy, and keep ’em learning! Click each title to visit the original post with instructions and images for each activity. 

1. Make your own solar oven

Because, you know, summer! I’ve always wanted to try this one. 

2. Counting money in cupcake liners

Creativity is the key to getting kids to like math. 

3. Fraction flowers using paper plates

This post includes a set of printable fraction circles!

4. Make a homemade bird feeder 

This one is so simple to make. Only three steps. 

5. STEM challenge: how many drops of water can you put on a coin?

Teach your kids about surface tension with this science activity that will get your kids thinking. 

15 educational activities for kids: from science experiments to reading activities, this list is a great resource for parents and teachers! Find it at starfishchicagoblog.wordpress.com. 6. Multiplication squares game

The traditional competitive game of squares with a math twist!

7. Sight word twister

A great way to combine a gross motor activity that kids love with practicing reading skills.  

8. Telling time puzzles

Make telling time fun and interactive for kids. Includes free printable!

9. Shaving cream rain clouds

This hands-on science activity is colorful and exciting!

10. Sunshine addition fact families activity 

Make math fun for your first grader with this addition activity that uses clothespins.

15 educational activities for kids: from science experiments to reading activities, this list is a great resource for parents and teachers! Find it at starfishchicagoblog.wordpress.com. 11. Sidewalk chalk sight words and ABCs activities 

This post has 30+ sidewalk chalk activities that help with letters and reading!

12. Disappearing egg shell activity

This is a fun experiment for kids of all ages!

13. Cup equation spinners

A unique math game that your kids will enjoy for sure.

14. Little spelling boxes

This activity you can actually take with you when you’re on the go!

15. Epic slime recipe

Because what kid isn’t a fan of slime?

Starfish Learning Center is an after school program for at-risk youth in the inner city of Chicago! Visit our website to find out how you can partner with us to change lives: starfishchicago.org.  At Starfish, we love finding fun and creative ways to get our kids learning! Hopefully these ideas will get your kids off their screens and get their brains active. Have a great summer!

15 educational activities for kids: from science experiments to reading activities, this list is a great resource for parents and teachers! Find it at starfishchicagoblog.wordpress.com.
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Christianity

The best way to teach kids Bible meditation

The best way to teach your kids Bible meditation: see how we taught a group of kids to meditate on scripture and download a free printable to help. Check it out at starfishchicagoblog.wordpress.com. One of the most important things we can do at the center is to teach the Word of God to our kids, and to guide them into experiencing Him themselves in a way that greatly impacts their life. At Starfish we regularly teach the Word using multimedia, arts and crafts, music, and personal testimony. We recently taught them Bible meditation using a method that we’re sharing today in this post. 

The best way to teach your kids Bible meditation: see how we taught a group of kids to meditate on scripture and download a free printable to help. Check it out at starfishchicagoblog.wordpress.com. The reason we felt that Bible meditation is important to our kids is that it teaches them to be quiet before God, to listen to what He has to say, and to really think about Bible verses instead of just rushing through them. It’s very important to us that our kids experience a deep, legitimate connection with God, and that they aren’t just parroting things they’ve learned from us, but have really made a relationship with God their own. 

We designed a worksheet that we’re sharing with you that guides kids into meditation. Rather than covering a lot of scripture, we think it’s best to choose one verse and break it into parts for the kids to chew on. Here is an example of a scripture our kids recently meditated on. Feel free to click on the image to download and print it for reference. 

The best way to teach your kids Bible meditation: see how we taught a group of kids to meditate on scripture and download a free printable to help. Check it out at starfishchicagoblog.wordpress.com.
When we did this exercise, we had worship music playing softly in the background and we didn’t rush the kids into finishing but we let them take their time. If any of them had any questions, we had them silently raise their hands and a staff member would help them. 

Here is the blank version you can click on to save and print so your kids (or you!) can use it for meditation:

The best way to teach your kids Bible meditation: see how we taught a group of kids to meditate on scripture and download a free printable to help. Check it out at starfishchicagoblog.wordpress.com.
We loved seeing what the kids wrote in the “ask God what it means” section. It’s also a great tool to open the kids up to discussion about God and the Bible. Let us know if you use our sheets and how it goes!

The best way to teach your kids Bible meditation: see how we taught a group of kids to meditate on scripture and download a free printable to help. Check it out at starfishchicagoblog.wordpress.com.

The best way to teach your kids Bible meditation: see how we taught a group of kids to meditate on scripture and download a free printable to help. Check it out at starfishchicagoblog.wordpress.com.
Uncategorized, Volunteering

A day in the life of an at-risk youth

A day in the life of an at-risk youth: the story of today's inner city kids. Learn how you can help change their future. Read it at starfishchicagoblog.wordpress.com.

“Chris” gets up early for school like any other kid. If he’s lucky he’ll grab a sugary breakfast on his way out the door. He’s excited to see his friends, but a little apprehensive about facing his teacher. He didn’t understand his math assignment, but as his mom works late, she couldn’t help him. She doesn’t understand the stuff anyways. 

On his way to school, Chris crosses the street even though it’s out of his way, because the kids sitting on the corner are part of a local gang, and he doesn’t want any trouble. He gets to class on time and sits in his chair. His mind wanders as his teacher talks, thinking about his dad, who’s in prison for beating his mom. He misses him. 

A day in the life of an at-risk youth: the story of today's inner city kids. Learn how you can help change their future. Read it at starfishchicagoblog.wordpress.com. During lunch there’s a hushed buzz around school as his friends discuss a former classmate, Johnny. Johnny was walking to the store yesterday when he a bullet caught him in the back. He didn’t make it. Johnny was in two of his classes. He also wasn’t Chris’ first friend to die prematurely. 

Chris is starting to understand math a little more. He stays after school to get extra help, but it’s only an hour, and there are so many students and so few tutors. He’s really smart and just needs a little help, but finding motivation is difficult. His classmates are in the same boat as him. Their parents work late, many never graduated from high school, had children young, and either live off welfare or a minimum-wage job. 

A day in the life of an at-risk youth: the story of today's inner city kids. Learn how you can help change their future. Read it at starfishchicagoblog.wordpress.com. As Chris heads home, he ducks his head low. It’s not quite spring yet, so it gets dark early. The worst times to be alone on the street are after dark and summer. He’s hungry, but his mom doesn’t cook until she gets off work at ten. Maybe there’ll be some chips in the cupboard. 

The doorman nods at Chris as he lets him in the building. Chris keeps his eyes down as he doesn’t want to interrupt any drug deals going on in his building. He lets himself in his room and gets right to his homework, as he is a good kid. He hears gunshots outside, and exhales softly, glad he didn’t hang out at the store today. Payday isn’t until tomorrow, so his mom didn’t have extra cash anyway. 

Chris is hungry so he takes a snack break. There are some Flaming Hot Cheetos in the cupboard, so he munches as he wrestles with math, enjoying the quiet even though it’s a little lonely. When he’s done he texts his friends and plays video games. 

His mom comes home a little after ten, and starts yelling at him immediately, despite his assurances that he did his homework. “Why are your grades so bad, then? Are you just dumb?” She hopes her verbal tirade will motivate him to do better, so he can have a better life than hers. 

Why we need after school programs InfoGraphic. Nonprofit. But Chris needs more than motivation. Chris needs homework help. Chris needs a mentor. Chris needs a safe place to hang out after school. He needs nutritious snacks. Chris needs an after school program! Unfortunately, so do all the other kids in the neighborhood! There are a few programs, but just so many kids. 

Donate to Starfish Learning Center today to support our youth program and at-risk inner city kids. Starfish Learning Center is one of these programs. Starfish has been supporting at-risk youth in the inner city of Chicago for twenty years! But Starfish needs people with a passion for helping kids, people like you who can really change the future of these youth. Starfish needs to grow our program so we can include more youth, but we need volunteers, and we need financial support! If you’re able to partner with us financially, even a small donation can make a difference! Donate here. If you’re local to the Chicago area and you want to volunteer, visit our website at starfishchicago.org, or contact us here. Together we can change the future of today’s youth!

A day in the life of an at-risk youth: the story of today's inner city kids. Learn how you can help change their future. Read it at starfishchicagoblog.wordpress.com.