Archive for December, 2011

Grade based lesson plans

December 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Grade based lesson plans are particularly useful for teachers in elementary school, especially teachers of preschool, kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade and 3rd grade. Grade based lesson plans help elementary school teachers find lesson plans for different subjects under a single category. This is useful for teachers who teach the same grade different subjects.

Preschool lesson plans often include many games and hands-on activities that ensure children are having so much fun, they don’t even realize they’re learning.

Kindergarten lesson plans introduce phonetics, numbers and simple vocabulary to students in kindergarten through fun games. Simple scholastic skills are also taught through craft activities.

1st grade lesson plans introduce more structure into classes. Students in 1st grade are beginning to learn important scholastic skills that form the basis of their later education.

2nd grade lesson plans help introduce more complex concepts in math, science and reading to students in 2nd grade.

3rd grade lesson plans help teachers cater to the more mature minds in 3rd grade. Simple activities that younger students enjoy are often less interesting for 3rd graders.

4th grade lesson plans need to be designed keeping in mind the milestones that the kids should achieve by the end of the academic year.

Designing lesson plans for 5th graders can be quite challenging. 5th grade lessons should not only be in keeping with the standards and objectives of that grade but should also be presented in a manner that is simple for the kids to understand.


Grade Based Resources

December 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Grade based resources make the search for the right educational resources a lot easier for teachers, parents and students. Whether one is in search of preschool resources, kindergarten resources, 1st grade resources, 2nd grade resources, 3rd grade resources, 4th grade resources or 5th grade resources one will be able to find educational resources for all the different subjects under a single heading.

Preschool Resources:

JumpStart’s preschool resources cover topics like letter and number recognition, alphabet sounds, counting, shapes, colors and patterns. Through these topics, preschoolers begin to make sense of their surroundings and prepare themselves for the more advanced topics that they will be learning in the coming years.

Kindergarten Resources:

JumpStart’s resources for kindergarten cover topics like letter and number recognition, alphabet sounds, sentence building, skip counting, addition, subtraction and sorting. In short, JumpStart’s kindergarten resources introduce the little ones to the topics that are covered in all major kindergarten curriculums .

1st grade resources:

JumpStart’s first grade resources include worksheets, activities and lesson plans for 1st grade in subjects like math, language arts, science, social studies and art. The resources for first grade cover topics like syllables, spelling, parts of speech, punctuation, addition, subtraction, fractions and measurement.

2nd grade resources:

The resources for second graders cover topics like spelling, alphabetizing, roman numerals, estimating, rounding off, and shapes and forms, apart from dealing with many first grade topics in greater detail. The second grade resources include helpful tips and extension activities that parents and teachers can use to enable deeper understanding of these topics, and foster the development of a broad range of academic and thinking skills.

3rd grade resources:

JumpStart’s third grade resources include 3rd grade worksheets, activities and lesson plans in math, language arts, science, social studies and art. The resources for third graders cover topics like multiplication and division, synonyms, antonyms and homonyms, fractions, and tenses.

4th grade resources:

The resources for fourth graders cover topics like parts of speech, history, geography, mathematical operations, decimals and critical thinking. JumpStart’s 4th grade resources online will help 9 and 10 year olds master these and other skills with ease and let them have fun while they’re at it.

5th grade resources:

The resources for fifth graders cover topics that are part of most 5th grade curriculums  across the country. The age-appropriate activities combine subjects and relate to real-life experiences, promoting a deeper understanding of the subject material. Challenges and extension activities help develop critical thinking skills and build confidence.









Science Resources

December 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Science resources available in Jumpstart are meant to fulfill specific requirements that teachers, students and parents may have. These science resources are conveniently grouped and organized, based on the varying needs of science students and teachers.

Science teachers are always looking for resources that will make their classes more relevant and interesting for students. These science resources, whether experiments, activities, recent research findings on a subject, or audio-visual aids, are usually difficult to find all in one place.

Jumpstart’s Online Science resources are the perfect solution for teachers and students who want to find many science learning and teaching aids in a single place. The science resources available online are designed to meet the needs of science teachers and students.

Few science activities and worksheets that teachers and parents can use to make science more interesting for kids.

Science Activities

Science Worksheets

Science Worksheets for 2nd Grade

Science Worksheets for 2nd Grade

Science Worksheets for 3rd Grade

Science Worksheets for 5th Grade


Reading Curriculums

December 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Reading curriculums differ from each other in terms of their approach to teaching kids how to read. Some focus on mastering phonics, while others focus on ‘sight reading,’ which involves memorizing whole words. The sight reading method, however, has been criticized by some educationists. Among the phonics-based reading curriculums, too, there are differences. Some have colorful textbooks with many pictures, while others are simple and come only in black and white.

Parents should choose the curriculum for reading based on the kind of instruction they want to give their child. Parents should remember that the reading curriculum chosen for homeschooling or by the children’s school is not binding.

There are plenty of reading worksheets and activities that parents can choose from Jumpstart. A good reading game can be of great use to a child who is just learning to read.

Reading Worksheets for Kindergarten

Find the Rhyme

Draw a Rhyme

Months’ Match-Up

Coloring Fun

Crayon Colors

Sorry, Wrong Sound

What’s the Sound?

Reading Worksheets for 2nd Grade

Digraph Bubbles

Amazing Blends

Locked Out

Trapping the Robbers: Adjectives

Trapping the Robbers: Word Meanings

Trapping the Robbers: Writing a Story

Trapping the Robbers: Scrambled Sentences

Test Your Word Power – III

Test Your Word Power – IV

Bingo the Storyteller

Dingo Tale

Getalong Gets Better

Getalong Gets Better: Word Meanings

Getalong Gets Better: Riddle Time

Getalong Gets Better: Word Quiz

Test Your Word Power – V

Test Your Word Power – VI

Fearless Fox and the Lion: Word Usage

Fearless Fox and the Lion: Word Meanings

Fearless Fox and the Lion: Jungle Trek

Fearless Fox and the Lion: The Adventure

What’s the Good Verb? – I

What’s the Good Verb? – II

A Day in the Life of Fearless: Word Usage

A Day in the Life of Fearless: Word Meanings

A Day in the Life of Fearless: Scrambled Sentences

A Day in the Life of Fearless: What’s it Like?

Increase Your Verb Power: Word Usage

Increase Your Verb Power: Word Meanings

Increase Your Verb Power: Similar or Opposite?

Increase Your Verb Power: Analogies

Fearless Does It Again: The Jumbo Trap

Fearless Does It Again: Word Meanings

Fearless Does It Again: Finding the Lost City

Fearless Does It Again: Analogies

Reading Activities

Activities for Practicing Alphabetical Order

Activities for Practicing Parts of Speech

How to encourage kids to read

Learning Letters

Lunchbox Notes: A fun way to promote reading

Reaching for Reading

Spelling Activities

Practicing Antonyms, Synonyms and Homonyms

Rhyme Time

English Curriculum

December 5, 2011 Leave a comment

When it comes to choosing the right English curriculum, parents often find that they have to pick and choose curriculums from different companies before they have a satisfactory overall course. This is because English is such a broad subject, comprised of components like writing, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary.

Choosing the right home school curriculum for English is about as tough as finding the right curriculum for any other subject. Parents should always compare English curriculums from multiple sources before settling on the best one for their kids. Each publisher may have a combination of one or more of these components in their English curriculum, leaving parents to search for an additional course that covers the remaining components.

English Activities

English Worksheets
English Worksheets for Kindergarten

English Worksheets for 1st Grade

English Worksheets for 2nd Grade

English Worksheets for 3rd Grade

English Worksheets for 4th Grade

English Worksheets for 5th Grade

English educational resources can be used to supplement any English curriculum. There are plenty of English worksheets and activities that parents can use to give their children extra practice. Word games are a fun and effective way of practicing vocabulary and spelling. Online English games are another great way of practicing English while having fun.

English Lesson plans

December 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Jumpstart English lesson plans for kids are designed to make sure children enjoy learning English. These English lesson plans include fun activities and games that children can engage in as part of the lessons. Creating a positive learning experience is always important when teaching young kids, and English lesson plans for kids help teachers do just that. With help from these lesson plans, teachers can help students get better grades in English and develop a liking for the subject that will stay with them as they grow older!

Teachers may find that some English lesson plans have innovative ideas on letting children practice the lesson learnt. Also, teachers should see that the English lesson plans they use let students and teachers have a great time in the classroom. Good learning happens when the students are enjoying themselves.

These lesson plans on jumpstart are free and printable. Teaching English can be a hassle-free activity with the free, printable English lesson plans available online.

English Worksheets
English Worksheets for Kindergarten

English Worksheets for 1st Grade

English Worksheets for 2nd Grade

English Worksheets for 3rd Grade

English Worksheets for 4th Grade

English Worksheets for 5th Grade

Reading Activities

English Lesson Plans

Reading Activities

December 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Reading activities are essential to a child’s academic growth and form the basis of everything the child will learn in the future. When young children are read to, they develop an innate sense and understanding of the language. Reading activities expose kids to new worlds, cultures, and ideas that subconsciously influence their thinking and character.

Reading activities for kids encourage and develop great learning skills in children of all ages. Not only does reading expand comprehension, it cultivates creativity and imagination as well.

These activities from Jumpstart encourage quick learning and expand horizons as children read about new things. Online reading activities are learning tools for kids of all ages. They help them develop skills such as spelling, vocabulary, reading and even grammar.