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Me on the Map #SmartSummer

Me on the Map #SmartSummer

Although we finished up the Me on the Map theme last week, we had one more activity we wanted to do.  This is a nice transition into our theme for this week: government. The concept behind this activity is to show the child expanding zones.  We begin with the child and the family and then move to the community, the world, and beyond, giving the child a sense of her role in society and her place … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, Geography, History and Culture, Smart Summer Challenge, Visual-Spacial

No More Kings! (Happy Fourth of July)

No More Kings! (Happy Fourth of July)

Pin It Before enjoying your fireworks, check out these two videos from Schoolhouse Rock! No More Kings! The Shot Heard ‘Round the World … Read entire article »

Filed under: Subject Matter

#SmartSummer Challenge Week 2 – Government

#SmartSummer Challenge Week 2 – Government

Pin It The second Smart Summer Challenge theme is “Government”! What is the Smart Summer Challenge? Amy of teachmama.com, MaryLea of Pink and Green Mama, and I are challenging our community to beat the “summer slide” (the learning loss that can happen over the summer). We’ll be posting our activities daily, loosely following this calendar of educational summer ideas, and hosting a weekly linky (with PRIZES) for others to share their ideas and activities.  The Week 2 linky … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), History and Culture, Smart Summer Challenge

Mapping a Nature Hike #SmartSummer

Mapping a Nature Hike #SmartSummer

Knowledge is supposed to enrich our lives, not just reside in dusty books (or hypnotic bits and bytes). So, we took our map skills on the road and used them to explore a “new to us” nature trail. Pin It Check out this map! Ain’t she a beaut? Pin It Most of the trail maps we encounter are faded, sad affairs. Not this one. This one has a lovely compass rose for finding directions, … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Bodily-kinesthetic, Ecology, Featured, Geography, Interpersonal, Logical-Mathematical, Mathematics, Smart Summer Challenge, Visual-Spacial

Smart Summer Challenge Linky – Week #1 #SmartSummer

Smart Summer Challenge Linky – Week #1 #SmartSummer

Show us how you’re having a Smart Summer! I’ve been sharing my family’s Smart Summer activities this week: painting life-sized portraits, reading picture books about cartography, mapping our neighborhood, listening to world beats, and using maps to navigate nature walks. [Update: I’ve highlighted some posts from this week at a Me on the Map Linky Round-Up] We’d love for you to share your ideas–you can add a link to a post on your blog or even a photo … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Geography, Smart Summer Challenge