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 on October 28, 2013

"Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies,

let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage."

--C.S. Lewis

Khan Academy and Fraction Basics

 on October 26, 2013

Are you looking to teach your child some beginning Fractions?  Well, look no further! 

Beans, Beans are good for your math!

 on October 21, 2013

Practicing writing numbers can get monotonous for young students. Allowing them to use manipulatives to practice number writing can be lots of fun!

A fun activity for students is to have them use dried beans! Beans are inexpensive and can easily be glued to a paper. 

Give the students a sheet of paper that has the numbers you want them to practice written in black ink as an outline. 

Help the students glue the beans to the outline. 

Yellow and Red Make Orange Pumpkins!

 on October 20, 2013

I love this sweet little pumpkin project my daughter's class made. They have personal touches to them that make you want to keep them forever!

Who are the people in your neighborhood?

 on October 3, 2013

My daughter's class was working on a unit about families.

They were doing projects on the different members of a family, what family units look like, etc. 

I always worry a little when family unit activities come up such as family trees, because it always seems a little bitter sweet for adopted children. And it also makes other kids in the class ask more questions than they normally would of their adopted classmates.


 on September 30, 2013

If you are an early education teacher, a homeschool mom or you have a child just learning to read, Zoo-phonics is for YOU!

This program is AMAZING and has helped my little reader by leaps and bounds!

It is such a fun way for kids to learn their letters and sounds and the technique sticks! More than any other reading technique I have seen.

What is Zoo-phonics?

It is best described on it's website:

1-2-3 Peas

 on September 29, 2013

1-2-3 Peas by Keith Baker is our new favorite counting book! It is so colorful and the little peas that do all the counting are so stinkin' cute!

1-2-3 Peas helps your preschoolers and kindergartners count by ones up to 20 and then by tens up to 100.

Each page is full of bright, fun pictures and rhyming language that has a sing-song feel.

Self Portrait

 on September 29, 2013

Children's drawings are some of the most precious things. I know that my kid's keepsake boxes are full of many of the portraits they have made of themselves or of our family.

A really fun and memorable art project is to have your students draw portraits of themselves at the beginning of the year and then have them do another one at the end of the year.

It is interesting to see how their artistic and writing skills have developed over the year. 

Name Board Fun!

 on September 29, 2013

One of the first things a preschool or kindergarten teacher teaches a child is how to write their own name. 

Although having children right their names over and over is a method used, kids tend to get bored easily.

And we all know what happens when you get a room full of 25 bored 5 year olds! Mass chaos!

I recently visited a kindergarten classroom where the teacher, Mrs. Ball, is ALL about helping her kids have fun in the classroom!

The first week of school, one of her many goals was to help her students learn to write their own names.


 on September 29, 2013

Bananagrams is such a fun game to play with your kids! My son got it for Christmas a few years ago, and it has been a family favorite.

Bananagrams is similar to Scrabble, but easier for kids. It is also a portable game that you can take anywhere!

It is also a fun way to practice letter and spelling words.


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