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Beaded Valentines Heart Ornaments

Beaded Valentines Heart Ornaments

Pin It My kids love to bead and spend a lot of their independent art time just stringing beads on laces, chenille stems, ribbons, and more. So, for this project, we crafted beaded heart ornaments. Pin It Materials pony beads of various Valentine’s colors smaller, plastic, crystal beads of various Valentine’s colors chenille stem fishing wire or floral wire red or pink ribbon Directions: 1. Add pony beads to the chenille stem.  You can create a pattern, like my daughter did, or just add them at … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Home Arts, Winter

Jesse Bear, Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear (And The UPS Store Giveaway)

Jesse Bear, Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear (And The UPS Store Giveaway)

“Wanna wear shorts! Don’t wanna wear jacket! Nooo hat!” Sounds familiar? Then you probably have a toddler! They’re adorable, funny, and very, very stubborn. We offer only weather and age-appropriate outfits, give them choice within those boundaries, and still, it is ten degrees below zero and your toddler wants to wear sandals! We created a paper doll project that helps young children understand and choose weather-appropriate clothing in every season. Pin It Materials templates (you could also use photographs) markers/crayons/pencils and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddler), 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), Featured, Giveaways, Weather, Winter

Chinese New Year Dragon

Chinese New Year Dragon

Pin It Happy New Year! What? I’m late for the New Year?  Not if it is Chinese New Year we’re celebrating! If you’ve ever had the chance to enjoy a Chinese New Year celebration, you know how rich the tradition is! In anticipation of the start of the Year of the Rabbit on February 3, we made paper chain dragons: Materials construction paper googly eyes feathers tape glue Directions: 1. Cut paper into 1 inch wide strips. 2. Tape two ends of a strip together to form a … 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), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Winter

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Paper Doll Craft

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Paper Doll Craft

Pin It In my round-up of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day educational ideas for very young children, I mentioned paper doll chains. My kids enjoyed making them while my four year old and I spoke about embracing diversity and valuing people for what’s on the inside. Pin It 1. “Accordion fold” a piece of white paper and draw the outline of half of a child. Make sure hands connect all the way to the edge of the paper. Pin It 2. … Read entire article »

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

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for Young Children

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for Young Children

Pin It I don’t shy away from discussing controversial issues, even with very young children.  I do, however, worry about intruding on their open minds with our adult hang-ups. My children do not need to be told that someone should be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.  To them, in their innocence, skin color is no more of a defining characteristic than height, eye color, hair color, or … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Interpersonal

Play or Practice Makes Perfect? Is Raising a Genius the Goal?

Play or Practice Makes Perfect? Is Raising a Genius the Goal?

Remember the Mozart Effect? Pin It Turns out that the media made a mountain out of a molehill. Playing any type of music the listener enjoys gives a temporary bump in cognitive abilities. But playing Mozart through the nursery iPod or headphones placed strategically above your occupied uterus does not turn your child into, well…Mozart. Or Baby Einstein, for that matter. Well-meaning arts teachers, desperate to avoid the axe, and loving parents, hopeful of their child’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: Academic Achievement

Playful Penguins

Playful Penguins

Pin It At a recent trip to the local aquarium, my daughter was captivated by a waddle of African penguins. (A group of penguins on land is called a waddle, nesting in a group they are rookeries, in the water they are part of a raft. A large group of penguin chicks is a creche.) So, we borrowed a few penguin-themed books from the library and made these penguins out of cardboard toilet paper tubes and construction … 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), Ecology, Featured, Winter

S is for Snow

S is for Snow

We haven’t done a lot of alphabet work because I believe in letting the kids’ interest and the rhythms of the season drive the activities we do together. My oldest seemed to just pluck the alphabet from the air–a puzzle, a few refrigerator magnets, and an alphabet book or two and she just knew all of her A,B,C’s. Since my son has shown a strong interest in letters recently, and we’ve had a great time playing in … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-3 (Babies and Toddlers), 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), Featured, Literacy, Touch, Weather, Winter

January Verse

January Verse

We’ve started reading a morning poem last month.  I got this idea, plus the tip about a great site to find poems, Can Teach, from My Montessori Journey.We’ll be adding images and props and continue to recite this throughout the month. Pin It January January sparkles. January’s bold. January huffs and puffs. January’s cold. … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Featured, Literacy, Winter

Snow Day! (Wordless Wednesday)

Snow Day! (Wordless Wednesday)

Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It Our first toboggan ride and the first snowman of the season! Linked up at: 5 Minutes for Mom and Wordless Wednesday (official HQ). Pin It … Read entire article »

Filed under: Winter