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Ariana Silva

Homeschool vs Unschool vs Gameschool

Curious about different teaching methods and how they work? Learn more about the differences, similarities, pros and cons of homeschooling, unschooling and gameschooling here. We hope this article will help you decide what works best for your family, or at the very least, offer some guidance on how to try these innovative forms of learning!
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Elizabeth Stuart-Chaffoo

What is Microlearning?

Because students have varying needs, many learning strategies have been emerging in the academic world to accommodate all learners. Microlearning is one of these new learning strategies; it utilizes short bursts of time with the goal of learning a specific topic. This learning strategy is engaging and easily digestible for many students! Microlearning is effective because it covers the main points of a topic, but doesn't bore or confuse students with too many minute details. Learn more about what makes microlearning effective and how you can implement it with your child!
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Ariana Silva

How to Worldschool Your Child

Worldschooling is a fascinating approach to education, and a method that is rapidly growing in popularity. With a little help from technology, worldschooling has never been as attainable as it now is, but what are some of the advantages and risks that come with this teaching method? Find out how you can worldschool your child here!
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Ariana Silva

What Is Gamified Learning?

Gamified learning is defined as the process of applying gaming features to traditional learning with the aim to create a more interactive learning experience. Learn more about the principles of gamified learning in this article and how Night Zookeeper can help!
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Ariana Silva

“My Child Hates Writing.” What do I do?

“My child hates writing” is a phrase we hear a lot from parents who have not yet found an effective way to transform their reluctant writer’s attitude toward this task. Here are our best tips on how to get your child to love writing, from parents who have overcome this obstacle!
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Ariana Silva

7 Top Creative Activities To Do at Home

We've compiled our top activities that you can do in the comfort of your own home! These are some of the best ways to encourage creativity and imagination. Have fun and learn at the same time!
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Ariana Silva

What is Hybrid Learning?

Have you ever heard of hybrid learning? Find out more about this learning method and how it may benefit your child's academic progress here!
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Ariana Silva

Why Spelling is Important for Children

Have you ever wondered why spelling is such an important skill to develop? Take a closer look at some of the main reasons why spelling is crucial for children's educational (and professional) success!
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Caitlin Bahrey

Benefits of Storytelling in Child Development

Learn about the benefits of storytelling towards child development in this article. We explore the effects of storytelling on children's learning and why it's important to introduce storytelling early.
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Caitlin Bahrey

How Laughter Can Help Your Child Learn

Are you looking for ways to engage your reluctant learner? We recommend that you introduce humor into your child's learning process and start encouraging laughter. Pairing learning with laughter can be incredibly beneficial for your child’s education and general well-being.
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Caitlin Bahrey

Prepare Your Child For Back To School

Get your child's new academic year started in the best way possible by teaching them some positive learning habits. Encourage and inspire your child with these seven amazing tips on how to help your child build positive learning habits for the new school year.
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Caitlin Bahrey

How Creative Writing Can Provide Vital Support for Children’s Wellbeing

At Night Zookeeper, it’s no secret that we champion creative writing. We’ve known for some time about the importance creative writing has on making children flourish. The earlier a child starts writing, the better! Recently, we read a brilliant article from the National Literacy Trust concerning new research that focuses on the benefits of creative writing for children’s wellbeing during lockdown. According to the study, not only has lockdown inspired a resurgence of children turning to creative writing, but also that this resurgence has provided a pivotal role in children’s wellbeing.
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Caitlin Bahrey

How to get your child interested in poetry

Whether you’re interested in getting your child to read or write poetry, there are numerous benefits to introducing this form of writing to them. Poetry will be all around them: be it in children’s poetry books they will encounter or simply through the songs they hear on the radio. So, how does one introduce poetry to children? How do they start writing poems, themselves? What kind of poetry is the best to start with? Poetry is varied and comes in many different shades of colour!
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Caitlin Bahrey

Tips on How to Raise a Creative Child

Whether your child is naturally creative, or not quite there yet, there are ways in which you can raise them to be the most creative version of themselves. Why is this important, you might ask? Raising a creative child is incredibly important because it will help prepare them for their future. With the rise of technology, the job industry is constantly changing. Who knows what jobs will be available in the next ten to fifteen years? What is certain, is that being able to imagine something that doesn’t exist already and communicate it properly will prepare your child to handle any challenges thrown their way. This is an incredibly useful life skill.
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Caitlin Bahrey

10 Ways to Motivate Your Child to Write

Let’s face it. Some children are natural born storytellers with creativity and imagination spilling from their fingers. For them, exploring creative writing is just the beginning of a beautiful journey. However, for some children, getting them to want to write is a tedious and stressful task. While writing might not come naturally to every child, this does not mean that your child can’t eventually learn to really love creative writing! This blog explores how to encourage your child to want to write.
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Caitlin Bahrey

Four Reasons to Encourage Your Kids to Love Creative Writing

There are plenty of reasons to encourage your kids to love creative writing. The skills gained from creative writing ultimately contribute to language mastery. Whether you’re telling a good story, invoking feelings in a poem, or including all the facts in a report, language helps us communicate with other people and connect and share knowledge with them. In essence, when one learns how to write creatively, they are also learning how to better communicate with the world around them. In doing so, encouraging your kids to love creative writing also boosts other key aspects of a child’s development:
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Paul Hutson

How to get your kids to love writing!

As a primary school teacher, I loved teaching writing. And when I first introduced the Night Zookeeper story to the children in my class, they instantly became absorbed in the world of the Night Zoo and the endless possibilities it provided them to imagine and create. This writing project evolved into the website you see today, nightzookeeper.com, that is developing a love of writing in over 100,000 children around the world.
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Josh Davidson

Creativity Matters

Night Zookeeper is the basis for a literacy program that inspires children to draw, write and think creatively. Our belief is that too much of the content children consume, leaves little or no room for their own imagination and that in homes and schools, creativity is falling further and further down the list of priorities.
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Paul Hutson

Our Top Tips for Editing and Revising Work

Editing and making improvements in writing is a key focus within literacy teaching at the moment. It is one of the most important stages of the writing process, however, it is also the trickiest to do well.
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Caitlin Bahrey

5 Reasons Why Blogging is Important for Children

At Night Zookeeper, children have the option to submit their work to be featured on our curated class blog list. Our class blog is a great way of sharing students’ work and allow them to leave feedback on other children's work. Find out more about why blogging is important for children!
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Sam Davidson

8 Creative Ideas to Keep Children’s Minds Active Over the Summer

8 Creative Ideas to Keep Children’s Minds Active Over the Summer! Summer is the perfect time for children to explore, go on adventures, and relax away from school. However the holidays are long and children can often forget many of the things they have learned over the course of the year. Children often write and read throughout the summer on our program, but that is just one way for them keep up their skills. Here is a list of eight other creative ideas for children to keep their minds active over the summer!
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