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  1. What Is “Maundy Thursday,” And What Does “Maundy” Mean?

    No, Maundy Thursday is not a typo for Monday Thursday. Maundy Thursday—also known as Holy Thursday and Sheer Thursday, among other names—is a Christian holy day that commemorates events known as the Washing of the Feet and the Last Supper.  This day is part of the Holy Week leading up to Easter. Maundy Thursday comes after Holy Wednesday, and is followed immediately by Good Friday, …

  2. Learning At Home Activity: Coloring Book Dictionary For Kids

    We’re sure you’ve all been doing a lot of coloring these days … what’s a better activity to pass the time, right? How about coloring and defining words. OK, that sounds better to us! How to make your own dictionary We’ve started to put together a wekols.com coloring book. It’s A–Z fun, with a word and coloring page for each letter of the alphabet. Plus …

  3. How Did April 1 Become “April Fools’ Day”?

    For pranksters and mischievous older siblings all around the world, April Fools’ Day, also called All Fools’ Day, is as eagerly anticipated as Christmas. After all, what other holiday encourages you to think up practical jokes and fool’s errands, from swapping your spouse’s keys to tricking your friend into thinking their car got towed? (Not cool, Steve.) But how did this odd, prank-centric holiday come …

  4. Origins And Uses Of 8 Common Sign-Offs

  5. Sight Word Activities: Fun Ways To Help Kids Learn To Read And Write

    By Lindsay Barrett If you have an early reader and writer in your life, you’ve likely heard of “sight words.” What are they, why do kids need to learn them, and how can you help without inciting groans of boredom? Here are the basics you need to know, and a handy list of fun practice activities that will have kids too busy moving and creating …

  6. Common Food Names We’re Mispronouncing

    These foods are fairly commonplace now ... but are you still pronouncing them wrong?
  7. Learn At Home With A Harry Potter Vocabulary Challenge For Kids

    With schools closed across the country, plenty of newly homeschooling parents are taking advantage of the chance to read more with their kids. That means the Harry Potter books and movies are both seeing a lot more usage this month. Whether you’re a reading family or a movie-watching family or maybe doing a bit of both, here’s a twist on our Disney Movie Word Challenge …

  8. wekols.com’s Daily Learning At Home ELA Activities

    Find daily ELA learning resources for preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle school, and high school students below.   As we all prepare to self-isolate, shelter in place, quarantine, hunker down at home, the time for interacting with our kids is upon us. And the fact that many parents are still working [from home] doesn’t make engaging with our kids feel easy or productive. That’s why we …

  9. Learn At Home Activity: Play ’80s Movie Word Bingo With The Kids

    If you’ve been hunkering down with the whole family to ensure you’re doing your part to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of COVID-19, you’ve probably been getting more than a little familiar with your favorite streaming service. And maybe, just maybe, you’ve decided that this is a good time to educate your kids on some of the classic movies from “the good old …

  10. How Kids Learn to Write, And How to Help Them Do It

    By Lindsay Barrett Children have lots of ideas. When they begin to communicate these ideas on paper, it’s a window into their thinking that’s both endearing and fascinating. Now, every child is unique, of course, but early writing usually progresses through recognizable stages: scribbling, pretend writing, and approximated spelling all lead up to the real thing. Here’s a rundown on what you’ll likely see between …