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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day

We made these fun Father’s Day photo cards with the kids spelling out “Daddy” and “Papa”.  We got the idea from the very awesome Amy of Crunchy Domestic Goddess! Pin It Pin It The kids even learn how to spell “Daddy” and “Papa”! And if you make this card every year, it will be a fun way to see the children growing and developing. For more great Father’s Day DIY gift ideas from bloggers, including a few you could … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, History and Culture, Interpersonal, Spring, Summer

Jellyfish Craft

Jellyfish Craft

We’re on the shore of the Long Island Sound so we frequent the beach and the local aquarium and draw a lot of inspiration for our learning from the sea. When I noticed a cool school craft my friend did with her friend, I asked her to guest post while I am on “maternity leave”. Jellyfish are such lovely and ethereal creatures–even though you don’t want to bump into them at the beach! Here is … 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, Guest Post, Science, Summer

7 Picture Books for Father’s Day

7 Picture Books for Father’s Day

Pin It Mama Mama/Papa Papa (0-3) is a beautifully illustrated board book for babies about why little animal babies love their parents. One side shows all the helpful and loving things dads do for their tiny offspring. Flip the book over for moms and this is really two-stories-in-one. Human children will recognize all the tender care parents give to babies throughout the animal kingdom. The rhyming text is delightfully evocative of the bond between parents … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-3 (Babies and Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured

We Teach Summer Craft and Activity eBook

We Teach Summer Craft and Activity eBook

Pin It As if it isn’t enough that Amy Mascott runs a very informative and fascinating education blog, Teach Mama and founded a vibrant community for educators and parents, We Teach….now she has collated a ton of great summer crafts and activities into an eBook.  It is a privilege to have been included in this great book! The best part? It is free! All you have to do is join We Teach (also free!) and you … Read entire article »

Filed under: Educational Blogs, Featured, Summer

Welcome, Baby!

Welcome, Baby!

On May 31, 5:18 am, we welcomed Conrad Ulysses, 9 pounds, 15 ounces, 22.5 inches, into our family. It was a very easy delivery compared with my last two and we went home from the hospital the very next day. Pin It His older siblings are adjusting well to the new addition. Pin It Pin It Pin It Pin It … Read entire article »

Filed under: Me

Balloon Obstacle Course

Balloon Obstacle Course

Today, please welcome the fun-tabulous Jamie of Hands on : as we grow.  She has a gift for sneaking authentic learning into fun, play-time activities.  While I am on maternity leave, I will be featuring a few inspiring posts from some of my favorite activity, craft, and education bloggers! Pin It Making an activity course is super simple and easy to do with just a couple of balloons! It can be filled with tons of learning experiences … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), Bodily-kinesthetic, Featured, Guest Post, Mathematics

Father’s Day Craft Gifts

Father’s Day Craft Gifts

Here are some of our crafts that make fun presents for dad or grandpa! Pin It Mosaic Coasters Pin It Photo Pencil Holders Pin It No-Sew Sachet (Guest Post from Jamie of Red Ted Art ) … Read entire article »

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

Flower Anatomy Dissection

Flower Anatomy Dissection

As part of our study of flowers, we dissected a bloom from a rhododendron bush in our backyard. This was a good opportunity to see what my kids already knew about flowers and maybe teach them a few more terms. Pin It First, we picked some blossoms off the bush. Pin It Then, I used a knife to slice apart the petals to reveal what is inside. Pin It We pasted this diagram of flower anatomy from Enchanted Learning into our science … Read entire article »

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

Daffodil Craft

Daffodil Craft

We had our April Showers and then some and we’ve been waiting on our May Flowers.  We’ve had a few soggy buds but the lack of sunshine has delayed some of our blooms! We did see the crocuses and the daffodils as spring sprung and we made this pretty daffodil out of a cardboard toilet tube. Pin It Materials: toilet paper tube yellow and orange paint green chenille stem single hole punch scissors Directions: 1. Cut petals on one side of the tube, approximate three-quarters … 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), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, Science, Spring