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The Itsy Bitsy Spider Made 5 Spider Crafts for Kids

The Itsy Bitsy Spider Made 5 Spider Crafts for Kids

You know what really terrifies me? Spiders. I fully admit this is irrational and spiders are an important part of our ecosystem and yet… there is just something about those eight legs that creeps me out! Whether you are an arachnophile or an arachnophobe, Halloween is the perfect time to make spider crafts with kids! Weave a Paper Plate and Yarn Spider Web at Naturally Educational: This was our spider craft last year! Hula hoop Spider Web … Read entire article »

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The Monster Mash-Up

The Monster Mash-Up

Because a monster can look like ANYTHING, it makes a fabulous open-ended craft for preschoolers, kindergartners, and early elementary-aged kids. Plus, you can use up all sorts of odds and ends from your craft cabinet. I still remember a collage-technique monster I made at school from magazine cut-outs.  I named it after my mom and thought she’d be flattered! She didn’t love the likeness of “Linda the Jello Monster” but she did appreciate the creativity. Here are … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddler), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Educational Blogs, Featured

Forest and Woodlands Activities and Crafts Round-Up

Forest and Woodlands Activities and Crafts Round-Up

In almost every season we love to go out hiking in the woods. We never know what forest creatures we’ll find! And we love seeing how the trees change over the seasons. There are so many great lesson plans, crafts, activities, songs, and books for studying the forest! The Forest-Friendly Linky from the Smart Summer Challenge* really made me want to get out and explore the nature surrounding us! Some of the ones from our participants (and … Read entire article »

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Backyard Science Activities, Crafts, and Books

Backyard Science Activities, Crafts, and Books

Children are natural scientists and the backyard is the perfect laboratory. Whether you are digging in the garden with kids, chasing butterflies and other bugs with your children, or studying animals with junior naturalists, you are sure to find plenty of ways to explore nature. I really dug the ideas in the Backyard Science Linky (get it? digging? for backyard science?) of the Smart Summer Challenge*! Some of the ones from our participants (and other hostesses) … Read entire article »

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Government, Democracy, and Currency Activities

Government, Democracy, and Currency Activities

As a former history and social studies teacher, teaching about government should come natural to me.  However, I found it challenging to break down this complex topic to a preschool or kindergarten level.  Focusing on national symbols or a simplified version of democracy worked really well for us.  We also explored currency as part of this week.  For primary school students, looking at local government may be more comprehensible than broad questions of national politics. These … Read entire article »

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Me on the Map Round-Up

Me on the Map Round-Up

Studying the human body with your kids? Or maybe you are practicing cartography and navigation with your junior adventurers? Here are some of the best lesson plans, activities, crafts, and picture book lists, about the Human Body, ourselves (“me”), maps and geography. These are highlights from the “Me on the Map” Linky from the Smart Summer Challenge!* All About Me Personalized Guess Who? Game at Counting Coconuts Portrait Tiles, from Creating and Educating All About Me Timelines from Early Bird … Read entire article »

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Are You Ready for Summer Reading Fun?

Are You Ready for Summer Reading Fun?

I am over-the-moon to announce that I have accepted a position as one of the community leaders at the brand new Random House Read & Play Summer Fun Community at BlogFrog. I hope you will join us at the official Launch Party is Thursday, June 30, 9-10 pm EST–just bookmark this thread and the launch party will go live at 9pm! Keep reading because I am going to tell you about some of the exciting PRIZES you … Read entire article »

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We Teach Summer Craft and Activity eBook

We Teach Summer Craft and Activity eBook

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 will … Read entire article »

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Site News and Requests!

Site News and Requests!

I am very excited to be able to share some of my educational projects and ideas with a wider audience and also promote other education bloggers. Naturally Educational was nominated in the category of Best Education Blog in the Bloggers’ Choice Awards.  Will please consider voting (you will need to register, first) and sharing this with your friends (on Twitter, Facebook, etc.)?  I am currently tied for third place (so even one vote is a big … Read entire article »

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Education Blogs Custom Search Engine

Education Blogs Custom Search Engine

Because I love you all–the education bloggers, the parents, the homeschoolers, the teachers, the crafters, and, most of all, the kids, I wanted to create something helpful for the community. So, I put together a Google Custom Search Engine with some of my favorite educational bloggers. You can easily use the search engine. It is right on the sidebar of my site (under “Search Educational Blogs”). This was not an entirely selfless exercise.  When I create … Read entire article »

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