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Education Blogs Custom Search Engine

Education Blogs Custom Search Engine

Because I love you all–the education bloggers, the parents, the homeschoolers, the teachers, the crafters, and, most of all, the kids, I wanted to create something helpful for the community. Pin It So, I put together a Google Custom Search Engine with some of my favorite educational bloggers. You can easily use the search engine. It is right on the sidebar of my site (under “Search Educational Blogs”). This was not an entirely selfless exercise.  When I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Educational Blogs

Something’s Fishy

Something’s Fishy

Pin It Whether teaching your kids or students in the classroom, you usually have the advantage of knowing your partners in learning.  For my moms’ meet-up group, I have been organizing a weekly “Preschool Play Date”.  Today our preschool play date suddenly became a Toddler Play Date and I had to adjust our plans. The result was a fun and easy fish craft that even a toddler will enjoy. Sea creatures are always a hit with little … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-3 (Babies and Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), Ecology, Science

Make a Note of It!

Make a Note of It!

Pin It My daughter has been taking piano lessons for almost a year and she loves to play.  I am impressed with the progress she is making with her teacher.  She can play pieces with chords, using both hands.  However, I can tell that help with sight reading notes would improve the fluency of her play–and probably her enjoyment. We bought flashcards but they did not hold her interest and I do not like to push. Instead, inspired … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), Featured, Music, Musical

Would You #BagItForward This Year?

Would You #BagItForward This Year?

Pin It Imagine showing up to school with no supplies because your family cannot afford them.  As an educator who has worked in a variety of districts, I have seen how this can affect students.  The more perceptive teachers sometimes quietly supply the students with what they need.  Many students, however, suffer the embarrassment of being labeled “unprepared” or “scatterbrained” or “lazy”.  And teacher-funded classrooms are not the solution–the most gifted teachers should not have to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Volunteering

Ewww…Oooo! Insects and Other Bugs

Ewww…Oooo! Insects and Other Bugs

We went for a program at a local nature center and it was a great reminder that a lot of our negative reaction to insects and other bugs is a learned response. Of course, that doesn’t mean I don’t recoil when I see our friend, Rosie… Pin It The educator at the nature center urged kids to exclaim “Oooo!” instead of “Ewww!” and I think that she has the right idea to encourage the children’s sense … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), All Ages, Ecology, Featured, Summer

An American Mosaic: Paper Flag Collage

An American Mosaic: Paper Flag Collage

Pin It Inspired by this craft on the Elmer’s Glue site, we made our own flag today.  The site says appropriate for kids 5-11 but I think it is doable for three and up–especially if you either complete it as a class or over several days. Pin It Our main modification was that the white stripes are the white paper underneath showing through, instead of their own line of paper.  We did this primarily based on the attention … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Summer

Patriotic Play!

Patriotic Play!

Pin It We had a “patriotic play date” today in anticipation of America’s Birthday. We began by talking a little bit about the Fourth of July and Independence Day.  Most of the (verbal) kids associated the day with fireworks, parades, and summer foods like watermelon, corn on the cob, and ice cream.  Our six year old friend knew that it had something to do with the Revolutionary War.  For the younger kids I explained that we were … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-3 (Babies and Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), Summer