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Favorite Father’s Day Crafts and Books

Favorite Father’s Day Crafts and Books

I hope that you have a special father, grandfather, or uncle in your children’s lives to celebrate this weekend! Here are some of the gifts the kids have made for their Daddy and Papa in the past and books we like to read to get ready for Father’s Day: Popsicle Stick Key Boxes Recycled Mosaic Coasters Father’s Day Photo Montage Glue Batik Garden Banner Tin Can Pencil Holders 7 Picture Books for Father’s Day Looking for even more ideas? Check out my … Read entire article »

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5 Tips to Teach Your Kids to Go Green

5 Tips to Teach Your Kids to Go Green

Young children are natural eco-warriors. Their interest in their environment provides a deep connection to the natural world. From there it is a hop, skip, and spring puddle jump to learning about responsible guardianship of the Earth. Going green is a lot easier if you are born that way. Taking good care of our planet is a habit you can start from day one. Here are some of the ways that we encourage eco-friendly attitudes in … Read entire article »

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A Seusstastic Snack

A Seusstastic Snack

We’re gearing up to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with this healthy Cat in the Hat snack! Ingredients: Raisins Pretzel sticks Banana Strawberries Wheat Bread Directions: 1. Cut a slice of wheat bread in half. 2. Slice a banana into coins. Place two coins as eyes. 3. Use raisins to create pupils, a nose, and a smile. 4. Use two pretzel on each side as whiskers. 5. Use rows of slices of strawberries and bananas to create the hat. Enjoy! Ask your kids if they can make other Seuss … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), All Ages, Featured, Home Arts, Taste

How Sweet it Is: Maple Sugaring

How Sweet it Is: Maple Sugaring

Each year we visit a local family farm for their Maple Sugaring demonstration. What a hands-on (and tasty) way to learn about Native American and Colonial culture and history, chemistry, the weather, and ecology! We followed the maple sugaring process from start to finish. First, we learned a bit about the sugar maple (which is so important that New York, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia share it as their state tree). Farmer Bob gave a talk on how … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), All Ages, Bodily-kinesthetic, Ecology, Featured, History and Culture, Home Arts, Logical-Mathematical, Science, Spring, Taste, Weather, Winter

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration!

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration!

We had a lot of fun at a Chinese New Year Celebration this weekend! My kids especially loved the lion dancers (in the Southern style). Before we went, we made red envelopes to feed the lions: In addition to the lion dancers, there was also a demonstration of traditional Japanese drumming: For the last number, there was audience participation! Afterwards there was a cute dragon hand print craft in honor of the year of the dragon! … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), All Ages, Featured, History and Culture

How to Make an Ice Lantern

How to Make an Ice Lantern

We were looking forward to this simple way to welcome the winter but the weather has not cooperated until now! Originally, we wanted to make an ice lantern on the Winter Solstice. Then we were aiming for New Year’s. We could have used the freezer but it is hard getting in the winter spirit when it feels like spring! Materials: one large plastic container or bucket one smaller plastic container (a plastic cup would work) water one tea light twigs, berries, … Read entire article »

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Homemade Ornaments the Kids Can Make

Homemade Ornaments the Kids Can Make

Here are some of the homemade ornaments the kids have crafted each year…more on the way! Beaded Snowflake Ornaments Beaded Wreath Ornaments Marbleized Globe Ornaments Pins and Beads Christmas Tree Ornament … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddler), 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), All Ages, Featured, History and Culture, Winter

Share a Spirit of Giving This Holiday Season

Share a Spirit of Giving This Holiday Season

In the hustle and bustle of a busy month, it is easy to lose the “reason for the season”. Whether you are celebrating a religious Holiday or not this month, December is a good time to pause and reflect. To me, more important than academic or financial success, is raising children who have a sense of joy, fulfillment, gratitude, and generosity. LeapFrog asked me to share Tips for Teaching Giving as part of their weekly Holiday Countdown. I … Read entire article »

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you enjoy your feast tomorrow! My daughter has been diligently working on her costume for her kindergarten Thanksgiving party. She was very insistent on doing much of it herself and it took all of my restraint not to help her along or interfere. I gave her one of my old t-shirts and she fringe-cut the bottom and sleeves: And then she beaded the fringe: I tied off the bottom of the fringe for her after she put the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), All Ages, Featured, History and Culture

Fall Leaf Prints

Fall Leaf Prints

We’re in one of the last zones to experience the fall leaf change. Well, our trees have finally exploded in color! I was concerned that we would not get the really vivid colors this year after the hurricane. Hurricane Irene cut a swath across the area, “burning” crops and trees in addition to causing floods and knocking down tree. Nature is resilient, however. Although there are more browns this year than golds and reds, there is … Read entire article »

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