Monday, January 19, 2015

Quick and Easy Snowman

Here's a quick and easy art activity. The templates below are full size. Just click to enlarge, save, and print. The children add their own eyes, mouth, and carrot nose with markers.





Friday, January 16, 2015

Quick and Easy Classroom Christmas Cards

Don't throw away those Christmas cards you received this year. Tear off the fronts and save them for next year.

When it comes time for the kids to prepare their gifts for their parents, give each child a sheet of construction paper or tag. Let them pick a card cover to glue on the front. Then inside, let them copy a simple message you've written on the board. A piece of single-folded construction paper makes an excellent envelope.



Monday, January 12, 2015

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge


Meet Zen Kweli, the five-year-old girl who read a thousand books before the first day of class. Zen participated in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge, a national program adopted by the Louisville Free Public Library in Kentucky to promote early reading. 

Many Kindergarteners show up to their first day of school with no reading experience, making Zen’s achievement even more notable. “Long-gone are the days where you can start kindergarten without having some of the basics,” says education specialist Marco Munoz. “We’ve got so much work to do. If you don’t start on the right foot, it can end up being a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

Read more via The Courier-Journal 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Little Kindergarten in the Demolition Site


A kindergarten is surrounded by rubble at a demolition site in Xi’An, Shaanxi province. According to local government, the kindergarten has been operating without license and will be forced to shut down.
Picture: Reuters

Monday, January 5, 2015

Education, 1917


The lone teacher in charge of a room where 123 Kindergarten and First Grade children are enrolled. Dunbar School. Teacher said: “There are only 70 here to-day. There must be an epidemic around.” Principal in background. Muskogee, Oklahoma / Lewis Wickes Hine, 1917.