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7 Best Picture Books About Zoos

7 Best Picture Books About Zoos

Pin It In honor of National Zoo Keepers’ Week last week, here are picture books about zoos my children enjoy! Pin It ZooZical Pin It : In addition to being a cute tale about animals, this is a lovely story about drawing on your own creativity to beat the boredom blues. When the zoo is empty of visitors, the animals put together a ZooZical–a series of punny acts that draw upon their unique talents. My kids enjoy the lively and … Read entire article »

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

Popsicle Craft Stick Pencil Holder

Popsicle Craft Stick Pencil Holder

My daughter has made these Popsicle / craft stick pencil holders as end of the year teacher gifts the last two years and was very proud to see that her kindergarten teacher still uses it. This also makes a great “back to school” craft, whether your child goes to school outside the home or has homeschool. Pin It Materials: tin soup can Popsicle / craft sticks tacky glue rubber band acrylic paints/glitter/ribbons for decorating (optional) Directions: Pin It 1. Cut the top off of a … Read entire article »

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

Perfect Illustration of the Issues with Common Core Elementary Mathematics

Perfect Illustration of the Issues with Common Core Elementary Mathematics

In the past, I’ve written about the Common Core from the perspective of its inevitable arrival and how we can help prepare our kids. I’ve also written about some of my objections to the Common Core elementary mathematics standards. I couldn’t resist sharing this video, which should be required viewing. Please watch this clever little girl trying to show her mom how to solve a mathematics problem the way she is taught in class. Based … Read entire article »

Filed under: Common Core, Mathematics