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Yarn Easter Egg Ornament

Yarn Easter Egg Ornament

We’ve been trying some gorgeous Easter Crafts for kids this week, starting with this Yarn Easter Egg Ornament from No Time for Flashcards. I love “busy hands, calm spirit” crafts like these.  This is so simple and yet it requires a lot of focus, patience and dexterity.  You can also use this as an opportunity to practice measuring (the yarn) and cutting with scissors. Applying the yarn. Pin It Popping the balloon. Pin It Finished ornament hanging up. Pin It Head over to … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Home Arts, Mathematics, Spring

NBC’s Parenthood Should Address Special Education Questions

NBC’s Parenthood Should Address Special Education Questions

This is a guest post from Debbie Bookstaber, an elected member of her local school board, and my co-editor on Mamanista.com. Pin It In a recent episode of NBC’s new show Parenthood, a character who was recently diagnosed with Aspberger’s Syndrome is kicked out of his public school for a disruption in the classroom. Throughout the rest of the episode, his parents push to get him accepted at a private school where he will thrive. (Click here … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Guest Post, Special Needs

Teachable Moments Tuesday – On Hold for Now

Things have been a bit busy around here and running another blog carnival turned out to be more than I really have time to do well. If there is a strong interest in starting up a carnival, I’ll be happy to start posting the link every Tuesday again. In the meantime, I’ve built a Naturally Educational page on facebook where I will share posts from other bloggers and also encourage you to share your own posts about education and educational activities!  This way the sharing is organic, ongoing, and simple (and easy to maintain).  I hope you will come by! … Read entire article »

Filed under: Teachable Moments Tuesday

She’s Like a Rainbow

She’s Like a Rainbow

Pin It March is a great time for learning about the weather, including rainbows!  Kids love rainbows with their bright colors and mystery–and there is plenty of opportunity for scientific exploration! With our preschoolers, we made dyed pasta rainbows.  We also gave the toddlers in our group the option of making the craft with fruity cereal o’s on paper–but this generally resulted in them just eating the cereal! Materials: Rotelle (Wagon Wheel) Pasta Food Dye Wax Paper Cotton Balls Glue Thread (for hanging) Pin It … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), Art, Science, Sight, Spring, Weather

Deliciously Educational – Maple Sugaring

Deliciously Educational – Maple Sugaring

Pin It If you live in certain regions of the United States or Canada, March is a perfect time for an outdoor activity that is as delicious as it is educational – Maple Sugaring! Find a local Maple Syrup Festival or take a road trip!  If you are heading to Vermont, check out Find & Go Seek’s listings of Vermont Maple Festivals. My family headed to Benner’s Farm for their annual Maple Sugaring event. My children had … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Ecology, Home Arts, Science, Smell, Spring

Teachable Moments Tuesday – First Edition!

Teachable Moments Tuesday – First Edition!

Welcome to the first Teachable Moments Tuesday!  I have no idea if this will take off or not but I’d like to provide a forum for bloggers involved in education to share their posts each week.  I hope you will join me! The only rules are: In the “Link Title” field, please place the title of your post, plus the name of your blog and/or your name. (e.g. “If I Were Principal of the World @Teacher Blog”) In … Read entire article »

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Announcing Teachable Moments Tuesdays!

Announcing Teachable Moments Tuesdays!

Pin It I’ve been reading a lot of great posts on educational blogs–written by teachers, crafters, artists, homeschoolers, and other educators.  I was thinking of writing a round-up and then I realized that a carnival would be the *perfect* way to for us to share our posts and those we’ve enjoyed on other blogs. Every Tuesday I will put up a “linky” (a form where you add your post title and blog name and the URL of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Teachable Moments Tuesday