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In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

Pin It We’ve been so busy enjoying (sledding) and not enjoying (shoveling) the snow that March has snuck up on us! Lions and Lambs We’ll be discussing the saying: “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” I’ll ask the kids what they know about lions (fierce, strong, roar) and lambs (gentle, friendly, baa) and ask what type of weather each might represent. March Weather Calendar – Lion and Lamb Days Each day we will check the … Read entire article »

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

Presidents’ Day Science: Coin Cleaning Experiment

Presidents’ Day Science: Coin Cleaning Experiment

We played with coins today for Presidents’ Day, using what we had on hand to determine what would clean coins the best. Initially, we set up our experiment with vinegar, baking soda, and a control (just water). Pin It Pin It My daughter hypothesized that the baking soda would clean the best, followed by water, then vinegar. We poured water into each container and then added vinegar to one, and baking soda to another, leaving the third as just … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, Logical-Mathematical, Science

OMG! LOLing @ Study “Txt Msg Helps Kidz 2 Spell”

OMG! LOLing @ Study “Txt Msg Helps Kidz 2 Spell”

Pin It Can Txt Msgs Really Help Kidz 2 Spell? A new study says…”yes”. Honestly, I’m not terribly shocked. The level of engagement with language has gone down so far that any textual use is likely to increase fluency. What is sad to me is that text messaging is likely the only word play these tweens and teens are using on a regular basis. Saying that text messaging improves a teen’s spelling more so than, say, watching … Read entire article »

Filed under: Literacy, Media

Reach Out and Read at The UPS Store

Reach Out and Read at The UPS Store

Pin It At the foundation of academic success, lifelong learning, modern communication, and participation in democracy…is literacy. Reading is a key that opens up entire treasure trove of new experiences, knowledge, and power. Which is why I am always excited to support and promote proven literacy projects, like Reach Out and Read.  Last year a few moms and I ran a book drive for our local program.  I am thrilled to partner with my local The UPS Store … Read entire article »

Filed under: Giveaways, Literacy, Volunteering

Books for Junior Ornithologists

Books for Junior Ornithologists

February is National Bird Feeding Month and today begins The Great Backyard Bird Count.  My husband and I were never avid birders before but my daughter showed an early and intense interest in our feathered friends. So, learning about birds has become a family passion. Here are a few of our favorite books for junior ornithologists: Pin It Bird Calls (Hear and There Books): A short riddle introduces eight common birds. Then, pull the tab to reveal a … Read entire article »

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

Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

Pin It Valentine’s Day may be over but we’re still enjoying some of the treats we made.  The biggest hit was these chocolate-covered pretzels my daughter made.  They are so simple and the heat is so low to melt the chocolate that your preschooler or even toddler can do them with very little help.  You can customize the sprinkles for other holidays, too. All you need is Baker’s Chocolate, Pretzels (twists or rods), and sprinkles. 1. Melt chocolate … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Bodily-kinesthetic, Featured, Home Arts, Science, Smell, Taste, Winter

Our Valentines – Photo Lollipop Cards

Our Valentines – Photo Lollipop Cards

We went back and forth a lot–there were so many cute ideas for Valentines my daughter could give to her classmates.  I knew that my schedule was packed and I needed to keep it simple.  We finally decided on making photo cards with organic lollipops that I think gave us a lot of impact for the short amount of time it takes to make them. Pin It My daughter was also able to practice writing the names … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), All Ages, Featured, Interpersonal, Winter

National Bird-Feeding Month: Interview with Dr. Horn of the National Bird Feeding Society

National Bird-Feeding Month: Interview with Dr. Horn of the National Bird Feeding Society

Pin It Dr. Horn, Director of the National Bird-Feeding Society, answered my questions about getting young children involved with National Bird Feeding Month. Why is it important to feed backyard birds during the winter? Bird feeding is an important supplemental food source for birds. During winter storms birds may have greater difficulty meeting their energy demands, and food from bird feeders can assist birds in meeting their requirements. How can young children, 3-8 years’ old, get involved with … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Ecology, Featured, Winter

Hoo Do You Love?

Hoo Do You Love?

Pin It My daughter loves birds, owls especially. And Valentine’s Day is a time for sharing the love so we were very inspired by these Valentine’s Day Owls from Molly at Mommy Coddle. Owls are a perfect animal for Valentine’s Day because while most owls have round facial discs, the barn owls (sometimes called “monkey-faced”) have heart-shaped facial discs. We modified the design two years ago to create this owl, which is mainly my cutting and my … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddler), 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), Art, Featured, Mathematics, Winter