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Spin a Spider Web

Spin a Spider Web

Pin It OK, I know that they are generally benign and quite important to our ecosystem but the eight-legged things just freak me out, okay? Still, I got over my fear so that we could study some spiders.  I didn’t even flinch earlier in the year when we visited Rosie the tarantula at our local nature center.  To her credit, neither did my daughter (who got a heck of a lot closer): Pin It Since it is nearing Halloween, … 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), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Ecology, Fall, Featured, Science

Gone Batty!

Gone Batty!

Pin It I found these toilet paper roll bats on Filth Wizardry (what a great blog name!), via The Crafty Crow. I recommend clicking over to Filth Wizardry because she has awesome pictures of the step-by-step and also because her husband added LED lights (!) to the bats’ eyes. Materials: Toilet paper tube Black paint Black construction paper Googly eyes Directions: 1. Fold in opposite sides of one end of the toilet paper tube to form the bat ears. Pin It 2. Cut a slit up … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Ecology, Fall, Featured, Science

Paper Pumpkin Craft

Paper Pumpkin Craft

Pin It Our home has been completely invaded by pumpkins–real, decorative, and crafted! Here’s my daughter’s latest pumpkin project–a toilet paper roll and construction paper pumpkin that is a great paper-cutting activity. Pin It Materials: toilet paper roll orange paint orange construction paper green chenille stem glue scissors pencil ruler Directions: 1. Paint the toilet paper roll orange and let dry. Pin It 2. Take a piece of construction paper that is approximately twice as long as the toilet paper roll. Fold the construction paper in half and mark off lines, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Fall, Featured

Bats! Songs, Finger Plays, and Jokes

Bats! Songs, Finger Plays, and Jokes

Pin It We’ve been reading about and making our own bats. Here are our songs, finger plays, and jokes about bats for preschoolers and kindergartners. As always, I credit and link where I know the author. If you are the author and I haven’t credited you, please let me know! I’m a Bat by Mary Flynn (sung to: You are my Sunshine) I love the nighttime, The dark, black nighttime, And that is when I fly around. I am … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Fall, Science, Songs

Yarn Pumpkin

Yarn Pumpkin

Pin It We made a yarn pumpkin, similar to this yarn egg we made for Easter.  This requires some manual dexterity and patience but it is very simple and relaxing and I think it looks lovely hanging from our chandelier! Supplies: Balloon School Glue Orange Yarn Green Pipe Cleaner Directions: Pin It 1. Inflate a balloon of any color until it is round. 2. Tie four strings around the pumpkin, knotting at the top, to create eight “sections”.  Paint the yarn with glue. (Note: I … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Fall, Featured, Mathematics

Leaf Spirits

Leaf Spirits

Pin It I saw this lovely autumn-themed craft on Twig and Toadstool, a very inspiring place, indeed, and was motivated to make some “leaf spirits” of my own. We made a few changes so that we could use materials we had available and  my four year old could participate more.  We also made one of the leaves into a lacing / stitching card, which was a bit of a challenge for me to set-up and you might … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Fall, Science, Weather

Apple Tasting

Apple Tasting

Pin It My kids love the opportunity to taste different varieties of the foods they love at local farms and markets. I was lucky enough to participate in an apple tasting with my daughter on the day I volunteered at our preschool co-operative. Once the tasting was over, the teaching assistant, who has an amazing traveling science museum called Science on the Move, whipped up a delicious peanut-free dip for the apples! Creating an apple tasting for … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Fall, Featured, Home Arts, Mathematics, Science, Taste

Are Picture Books Out of the Picture?

Are Picture Books Out of the Picture?

Pin It With great sadness, I read The New York Times’ (hopefully premature) obituary for the picture book: The picture book, a mainstay of children’s literature with its lavish illustrations, cheerful colors and large print wrapped in a glossy jacket, has been fading. It is not going away — perennials like the Sendaks and Seusses still sell well — but publishers have scaled back the number of titles they have released in the last several years, and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), Academic Achievement, Literacy, Sight

A Day Made Better

A Day Made Better

Pin It I joined Office Max today in Mrs. Lori Williams’s classroom for “A Day Made Better”.  For her passion, dedication, and innovation, Mrs. Williams received $1000 in school supplies as part of Office Max’s partnership with Adopt-A-Classroom to erase teacher-funded classrooms. Dr. Westrack, the principal, said, “Typically, Mrs. Williams spends thousands of dollars per year on classroom materials to benefit her students’ learning experiences.  We joke about her eBay addiction to buying children’s trade books.” While I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Volunteering