Articles Comments

Naturally Educational » Archive for July 2011

#SmartSummer Forest-Friendly Week 4

#SmartSummer Forest-Friendly Week 4

Did I say I was excited for Backyard Science week?  Well, I am EVEN MORE EXCITED to share activities for Forest-Friendly week of the Smart Summer Challenge*! I spent many childhood days, walking through the woods behind the house and climbing trees and I love sharing that with my children. When the weather is good, we usually take nature walks 1-3 times a week. Pin It We learn so much on everyone of our walks, whether it is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ecology, Smart Summer Challenge

Week 3 #SmartSummer Linky: Backyard Science + Government Week Round-Up

Week 3 #SmartSummer Linky: Backyard Science + Government Week Round-Up

Show us how you’re having a Smart Summer in your own backyard! This week’s prize is from one of my favorite fair-trade, eco-friendly kids’ toys boutiques. Our theme for this week was Backyard Science…and we had lots of fun exploring in our own backyard!  I can’t wait to hear what you have been doing to find the learning opportunities in the everyday. Pin It I had highlighted posts from the previous week’s linky to but for clarity’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Smart Summer Challenge

Butterfly Coffee Filter Craft

Butterfly Coffee Filter Craft

After we released our butterfly friends it just seemed like there was something missing from our home. So, we made one of our favorite crafts: coffee filter butterflies.  This is such a simple little craft and the children love both the process and the results! (I’ve joked that my next book should be titled, “101 Crafts with Coffee Filters,” because I love this strong, versatile material!) Pin It Materials: two coffee filters markers (including dried-out markers that you were about … 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), Ecology, Featured, Science, Smart Summer Challenge, Summer

The Butterfly Life Cycle

The Butterfly Life Cycle

Pin It We’ve visited our local vivarium and are fascinated by butterflies.  To get a closer look at the butterfly life cycle, we ordered the Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden from Amazon and then went onto Insect Lore’s site to order the caterpillars (an extra $5 handling fee). The kids were thrilled to open the package and check out our five little larvae (i.e.: caterpillars). Pin It Our tiny caterpillars got bigger and fatter–just like The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Pin … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Ecology, Featured, Science, Smart Summer Challenge, Summer

Apple Blossom to Zinnia: 3 Flower Alphabet Picture Books

Apple Blossom to Zinnia: 3 Flower Alphabet Picture Books

Flowers are such a lovely part of spring and summer. We’ve planted, pressed, dissected, drawn, and studied these beautiful blossoms and are ready, soon, to move onto pollinators. To enrich our knowledge base of flower types, we borrowed some alphabet books featuring flowers. Flower Alphabet Picture Books Pin It The Flower Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta’s Alphabet Books): We own a number of Pallotta’s alphabet books and this one does not disappoint. The marginalia illustrate interesting facts about … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergartners), Ecology, Featured, Literacy, Smart Summer Challenge, Spring, Summer

F is for Flowers

F is for Flowers

Earlier in the spring, we learned about rain and the water cycle and about the plant life cycle.  Then, once our flowers bloomed, we explored our garden. We dissected flowers, pressed flowers, made daffodil flower crafts out of cardboard toilet paper tubes, and we also practiced writing using flower petals. Pin It As with most of our “letter of the week” crafts, I modify it to include writing the whole word for my daughter, who is … 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), Ecology, Featured, Literacy, Science, Smart Summer Challenge, Smell, Spring, Summer, Taste

Backyard Science – #SmartSummer Challenge Week 3

Backyard Science – #SmartSummer Challenge Week 3

It is Backyard Science week here for the Smart Summer Challenge*. I have been so excited for Week 3 of the Smart Summer Challenge!  Science and art are just such natural parts of a young child’s play that it is just so easy to point out these opportunities for learning…right in our own backyard! Pin It I could have filled the entire summer with experiments, crafts and art projects, book lists, games, and more for this theme. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ecology, Science, Smart Summer Challenge, Spring, Summer

#SmartSummer Week 2 Government Linky

#SmartSummer Week 2 Government Linky

Show us how you’re having a Smart Summer! I had highlighted posts from the previous week’s linky to but for clarity’s sake, I’ve moved the round-ups to their own posts: Me on the Map Round-Up Government, Patriotism, and Currency Round-Up I’ve been sharing my family’s Smart Summer activities this week for our Government theme: Pin It exercising our democratic right to vote for our favorite ice cream flavor, Pin It skip counting coins, We’re also planning on making statue of liberty headbands, … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Featured, Geography, History and Culture, Smart Summer Challenge, Visual-Spacial

Skip Counting with Coins

Skip Counting with Coins

I have to make a conscious effort to ensure mathematics gets equal time in our house.  And, really, there are so many mathematics learning possibilities in play! Just spending ten minutes with dice or coins opens up a world of possibilities. We grabbed our jar of change and sorted our coins. Pin It Even toddlers (at least the ones past the mouthing stage) can participate in this step. Pin It Then, I printed out a sheet with 10 columns and labeled … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Logical-Mathematical, Mathematics, Smart Summer Challenge

Delicious Democracy

Delicious Democracy

How do you communicate the basis of democracy to the under 5 crowd? With ice cream, of course! I checked in with my daughter to see if she knows who is president (she does) and how he got to be president (she did not). I explained that people vote for the president.  We skipped over the whole “electoral college” thing but I’ll explain later how you could make that a part of this activity for older kids. Then, … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Fall, Featured, History and Culture, Interpersonal, Smart Summer Challenge