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Let the Sun Shine In!

Let the Sun Shine In!

The solstice was yesterday but traditionally Midsummer was celebrated on June 24 and we’re spending the whole week welcoming the summer. We made a hand print sun for our window.  I have this great paper that is thicker than tissue paper but more translucent than construction paper.  We love it because it is thin enough to glow in our windows but sturdy enough to survive toddler and preschooler handling. This is a simple way to welcome the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), Featured, Science, Summer, Weather

Weaving the Sun

Weaving the Sun

Today is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. We have the most hours of sunlight and the fewest of darkness. Today marks the first day of summer for the Western calendar. For ancient people, this was midsummer (as in A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and St. John’s Day and was celebrated on June 24th. Summer began on May Day. Today we welcome the sun as our hemisphere tilts … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Home Arts, Science, Summer, Visual-Spacial, Weather

Rain Songs and Poems for Children

Rain Songs and Poems for Children

Here are some of the songs we are singing and finger plays we are reciting about rain and the water cycle. The lyrics to the first are original (please link and credit if you wish to use them). The rest I have credited where possible–if I have missed any attribution, please let me know! The Water Cycle Song (to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”) by Candace Lindemann The sun in the sky (make … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, Science, Songs, Spring, Weather

Rain Stick

Rain Stick

Not that we need more rain… Since we are studying rain and the water cycle in April, we made rain sticks. This is a nice way to incorporate some culture and music and movement into our studies.  And it is also a simple and fun craft that is always a hit with the kids. Materials long cardboard (paper towel) tube rice soft, flexible plastic (like a sandwich bag or any leftover shrink wrap) construction paper markers, stickers, jewels, etc. for decoration Directions 1. Pour … Read entire article »

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April Showers (Water Cycle Experiments)

April Showers (Water Cycle Experiments)

Mommy, why does it rain? Or, lately, the question is: Why does it drizzle, rain, and pour so much around here? April is the month of showers and we are eagerly awaiting the May flowers those storms will bring. We did two experiments to learn more about why it rains. Experiment #1: Cotton Ball Clouds Question: What happens when a cloud becomes full of moisture? Hypothesis: It will rain. Materials: cotton ball small tray or bowl filled with water Procedure: 1. Ask your child to describe … Read entire article »

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R is for Rain

R is for Rain

My kids love to water color, so we created water color letters for our study of rain. I outlined bubble letters–the word “Rain” for my daughter (4.5) and just an “R” for my son (2.5).  On reflection, I would have also made a lower case “r” for my son. My daughter painted “in the lines”: While my son opted for covering the entire page. Then, they each got to sprinkle salt on their paintings for a nice droplet effect. My … Read entire article »

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April Verse

April Verse

After a few snows and bitter days in March, we are excited that spring is finally on the way! Our crocuses and daffodils have bloomed and the days are getting warmer. Here is our daily verse / poem for April, which we found on Can Teach: April April is a rainbow month, Of sudden springtime showers. Bright with golden daffodils and lots of pretty flowers. At the end of March, we went outside to play a little in the dirt and … Read entire article »

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March Weather Bar Graph

March Weather Bar Graph

Just like we gradually introduce our children to the signs and sounds of language, mathematics pre-literacy is an important first step towards understanding operations and equations. A fun way to familiarize children with the vocabulary and tools of mathematics is to make a bar graph. We’ve done this before with Valentine’s Candy Hearts and for this activity we used our March Lion and Lamb calendar cut-outs. 1. Each day in March, determine whether it is a “lamb” … Read entire article »

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March Lion and Lamb Masks

March Lion and Lamb Masks

We’ve been enjoying our March poem and updating our calendar with the lion or lamb to match the weather–and the weather has given us plenty of opportunities to choose both!  Last week we had 75 degree weather and then it snowed yesterday! We made lion and lamb masks to help us with our daily weather observations. Lion Masks Materials: paper plate orange and yellow construction paper, cut in 1″ x 4″ strips brown construction paper (for ears) glue (we used Elmer’s disappearing … Read entire article »

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The Colors of the Wind (Windsock Craft and Charity Book Drive)

The Colors of the Wind (Windsock Craft and Charity Book Drive)

This weekend, we finished up our Book Drive for Reach Out and Read.  I’m waiting on the final count but feel confident there were well over 700 books collected, possibly quite a bit more, over triple the number I was able to collect last year. We owe our success to the support of Lovin’ Logistics and Joel DeGregorio, owner of the Mt. Sinai The UPS Store franchise. He provided not only a public drop-off for the … Read entire article »

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