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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for Young Children

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for Young Children

I don’t shy away from discussing controversial issues, even with very young children.  I do, however, worry about intruding on their open minds with our adult hang-ups. My children do not need to be told that someone should be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.  To them, in their innocence, skin color is no more of a defining characteristic than height, eye color, hair color, or even … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Interpersonal

Holiday Volunteering with Young Children

Holiday Volunteering with Young Children

We try to do several volunteer service activities throughout the year. Volunteering was a big part of my life before children. Because my young children are usually with me, I’ve had to change things up a little bit. Feeding People Who Are Homeless In November, we joined Volunteer 4 Long Island in preparing meals for people who are homeless and under-housed. The adults prepare the food and distribute it at spots throughout the area … Read entire article »

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9 Expert Tips for Teaching Children about Giving and Volunteering

9 Expert Tips for Teaching Children about Giving and Volunteering

As we approach the Holiday Season in the United States, we give thanks for all of our blessings.  My thoughts also turn to those who do not have as much as we do–both in the way of material goods but also in terms of opportunity, companionship, and hope. As parents, we have the important job of teaching children the importance of caring for their fellow human beings–and that even the smallest person can make a big … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Featured, Interpersonal, Volunteering

Holiday Crafts and Gifts

November and December have been very busy months here but, before it is too late, I wanted to share some holiday crafts and homemade gift links with you.  Each year, we craft homemade gifts.  Last year my daughter made glass paint-swirl ornaments.  This year, we plan to paint mugs for the family. Here on Naturally Educational, I have directions for an Apple Pomander–perfect for potpourri baskets or hanging around the house during the holidays. Veronique at Little Elephants, one of my favorite craft bloggers, has a huge round-up of Christmas Crafts, including recipes, gifts, and decorations.  We’re planning on trying the snow globes this year! No Time for Flash Cards has categories for both Christmas and Hanukah. Michelle at Scribbit has Gift Crafts Children Can Make as will as another post on Homemade Gifts. Homemade … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Interpersonal

Theater Games for Young Children

Theater Games for Young Children

Kinesthetic learners will jump right in when given the opportunity to play theater games designed for young children. Even the simplest theater games for kids can build a child’s confidence and skills.  Theater activities utilize two of children’s biggest assets, imagination and energy, to build on their ability to focus, creatively problem solve, and cooperate. Before today, I had worked with teenagers and children as young as eight, but since I have a 3 year-old, I decided … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Bodily-kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Musical, Performing Arts and Theater