Amanda Morin, the About.com Kids Learning & Activities Expert, is a writer specializing in education and parenting. As an educator and mother to three children, she regularly combines her teaching and mothering skills to help keep her children engaged in learning outside of the classroom.
With more than a decade of experience as elementary school teacher and parent educator, Amanda Morin has discovered that teaching is more than just lesson plans, it's an interactive process that involves parents, teachers and students working together to create a base of knowledge.
As a writer, she has covered a wide range of issues pertaining to child development, parenting and other educational topics, often fusing them to provide parents with accurate, up-to-date and actionable information.
Amanda is the author of The Everything Kids' Learning Activities Book and The Everything Parent's Guide to Special Education: A complete step-by-step guide to advocating for your child with special needs. Her work also appears in a number of educational publications and websites, including Education.com, The EDDIE Report, PopSugar Moms and others.
Amanda holds a B.S. in Elementary Education. She also has received training in Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), specifically as it pertains to early childhood education.
As both a parent and teacher, I've discovered a few things about kids and learning that I never learned in college:
- Parents are a child's first and most important teacher, a fact that doesn't change when kids go to school.
- Kids learn best when what they're learning is fun and has relevance to their lives.