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Your Baby Can’t Read

Your Baby Can’t Read

I originally posted this on my personal blog, Mama Saga, but now that I am keeping an education blog, I feel it belongs here, too.  I feel very strongly about avoiding too much screen time, not pushing academic skills on infants and toddlers, and not wasting money on expensive systems. Your Baby Can’t Read Pin It Okay, perhaps YOUR baby can. It is possible. Stranger things have happened. But most likely your baby cannot read. Anyone telling you … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Literacy, Media

9 Expert Tips for Teaching Children about Giving and Volunteering

9 Expert Tips for Teaching Children about Giving and Volunteering

As we approach the Holiday Season in the United States, we give thanks for all of our blessings.  My thoughts also turn to those who do not have as much as we do–both in the way of material goods but also in terms of opportunity, companionship, and hope. As parents, we have the important job of teaching children the importance of caring for their fellow human beings–and that even the smallest person can make a big … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Featured, Interpersonal, Volunteering

Pilgrim Bonnet and Hat

Pilgrim Bonnet and Hat

For your little pilgrims on Thanksgiving Day, a simple hat and bonnet they can make and wear during the feast: Pin It Pilgrim Hat Materials: black construction paper white construction paper yellow construction paper glue stick stapler scissors Directions: 1. Fold the black construction paper in half and cut the shape of a pilgrim hat from the black construction paper so that you have two matching shapes. Pin It 2. Draw a buckle shape on yellow construction paper and cut it out. (Note: The buckle is most likely … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-3 (Babies and Toddlers), 1-2 (Toddler), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), All Ages, Featured, History and Culture

What Do Mayflowers Bring? Pilgrims!

What Do Mayflowers Bring? Pilgrims!

Pin It We’ve been reading a lot of Thanksgiving books about feasts and Turkeys and about that perilous Atlantic journey in the Mayflower.  My daughter is fascinated by ships and we looked for a few pictures of what the Mayflower may have looked like online.  So, we headed outside to gather materials to make our own Mayflower. I came up with this craft as we went along so hopefully I can be more or less coherent in … 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, Featured, History and Culture

Pine Cone Turkey

Pine Cone Turkey

Pin It It’s turkey time! I’m a vegetarian but most of the family loves their turkey.  Thanksgiving is all about counting our blessings and one of those is a full table–with family, friends, and plenty of tasty food. And my son is really into the birds when we visit them at a local farm or at the Audubon center–he loves yelling “gobble, gobble” and hearing them gobble right back at him. Pin It Materials: pine cone five (5) or more leaves (pressed … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-3 (Babies and Toddlers), 1-2 (Toddlers), 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), Fall, Featured, History and Culture, Home Arts, Science

Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day

This is a difficult post for me to write.  In addition to having been sick the last week, I always have a little trouble putting into words my thoughts about Veteran’s Day.  I think others do as well, since most of the books for children either go for a purely patriotic angle or veer towards the meaning of Memorial Day. Just between us adults, I suspect sometimes it is easier to honor dead soldiers than to … 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), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture

Cascading Leaf Spiral

Cascading Leaf Spiral

Pin It For those of you who live further north, your leaves have probably already fallen.  On Long Island, ours didn’t really hit their peak until the last week of October and the forests are still a riot of color here. One resourceful friend of mine in Texas has a friend in Vermont ship her a package of leaves so the children may experience the autumn hues.  Fall is one of my favorite parts of living in … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-3 (Babies and Toddlers), 1-2 (Toddler), 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), Fall, Science, Sight, Visual-Spacial, Weather

Site News and Requests!

Site News and Requests!

I am very excited to be able to share some of my educational projects and ideas with a wider audience and also promote other education bloggers. Pin It Naturally Educational was nominated in the category of Best Education Blog in the Bloggers’ Choice Awards.  Will please consider voting (you will need to register, first) and sharing this with your friends (on Twitter, Facebook, etc.)?  I am currently tied for third place (so even one vote is a … Read entire article »

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