Monday, June 26, 2017

Word Searches

My Kinder kids loved to do word searches. Giving each child a highlighter, I'd let them work in groups or individually to find and mark the words noted below the graph. Be sure to teach them how to direct another student to a word, rather than point it out. Ex: the word ON is 8 rows down, and 3 squares over.

It's important to start off slow, beginning with 2-letter words. (I've even done Letter Searches, when we first begin learning letter names and sounds, using upper and lower case.) Keep the words horizontal, going from left to right, as you'd normally read them.

When you're ready to graduate to 3-letter words, keep the words horizontal and L-R. Since they are beginning readers, do not place the words up and down, backwards, or diagonally. Some of the students may be un-diagnosed dyslexic. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Walking

This is the way most four-legged animals walk.
What do you notice about it?
Get on your hands and knees and crawl. Do you "walk" in the same pattern?
Compare how you crawl.
Now try to crawl using the same pattern as the dog. Is it easy or hard? 

Monday, June 19, 2017

IVY KIDS Monthly Educational Subscription Box

From the Kids Activity Blog:

ivy kids subscription boxes for kids
Ivy Kids  – Ivy Kids  is a monthly educational subscription box for children 3-8.  Their activities are centered around quality time with kids.  Each box has the tools for a solid foundation in math, literacy, and science.  Each kit has a personalized item.
Ivy Kids price:
  1. One month = $38.95
  2. 3 months = $110.85
  3. 6 months = $209.70
  4. Siblings can be added to the subscription for $5/month
New subscribers receive 20% off their first kit with promo code:  IVY20
Ordering an Ivy Kids Kit:  The Ivy Kids website has a lot of information, but is really easy to use.  The ordering process was simple and I was given a order summary right after I completed the process.  I liked that it was obvious as to which kit would arrive first.
ivy kids subscription kit for kids - Kids Activities Blog
Inside the Ivy Kids box were a dozen learning activities!  Each is centered around a theme.  This box’s theme was frogs.  Everything we needed to do all 12 activities was included.  We used these for our homeschooling, but they are so fun the kids wouldn’t even have noticed the learning aspect.
What we liked best about Ivy Kids:  There was a book which was the centerpiece to all the learning activities.  It was an easy fit into our preschool curriculum because everything needed was included and they were activities we really enjoyed.
Do you want to SEE what was in our Ivy Kids boxes? They are really cool! Check them out:

Friday, June 16, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - gecko

What is this?
What is it doing?
Why do you think it is licking its eye?
Watch the drop of water disappear from its eye.
Did you know geckos, salamanders, and other amphibians do not have eyelids?

Friday, June 9, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - robotics

What is this?
What does it resemble?
What is it doing?
Can you move like it?
What is making it move?
What would this be used for?

Friday, June 2, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - ladybug

What is this?
What is it doing?
What do you notice about its wings?
What do you think the spotted part of its body is for?