Wednesday, March 1, 2017

3 Ideas for When You're at a Loss for an Art Project (Using Paper Collages)


Whenever you're at a loss for an idea for an art project, here are three ideas for what you can do using torn construction paper or tissue paper to make collages.

* use coloring book pages
* trace (or draw) the letter you're studying, then fill in
* going a step further, take the letter (or number) and fill it in with pictures from catalogs that match the letter (ex: snake, snail, suit, sun for the letter S), or cut and paste 9 pictures and place on the number 9.



Monday, February 27, 2017

Excellent Teacher Resource: TEACHER HABITS


I discovered this excellent website called Teacher Habits: Helping Teachers Inside the Classroom and Out by a fellow teacher named Murph. I'm adding the link to his site/blog in my sidebar. But in the meantime, check out some of his posts and suggestions!

Friday, February 24, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - the moving arrow


What do you see happening?
Why did the bottom arrow change direction?
If they kept pouring water into the glass up to the top arrow, do you think it would also change direction? Why?

Friday, February 17, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - butterflies


What are these?
How many do you think there are?
Why do you think they're gathered like this?

Monday, February 13, 2017

18 Kid-Friendly Snack Hacks

If your child takes snacks to school, or has one after they get home from school, these are ingenious! Link here.


Friday, February 10, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - translucent fish


What does this look like?
How is it different from other fish?
Why do you think it's "clear" like this?

(Translucent blue tang surgeonfish. They are born this way to help avoid predators. As they age, they slowly take on a mostly blue hue.)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Boy's show-and-tell shoe tying video goes viral

Adorable tutorial garners mass appeal because it's simple and it works


Having trouble teaching your child to tie his or her shoes? The traditional way can be confusing, but one little boy has a method with instructions that may be simpler for a child to understand.
In a video posted on Facebook by Ashley Lillard, Colton - who introduces himself with this adorable line, “I’m 5, and I have a loose tooth” - showed how to tie the "new" knot. 
Does that sound confusing? Watch Colton do it and explain it all in the video below.Here’s how it’s done: Place one end of the shoelace into one of the top lace holes to construct a loop. Do the same to the other side. Then, take both loops in both hands, cross them, and then pull one of the loops under the other, and then repeat. Once complete, the lace is tied and double knotted.
While the video of Colton has been widely seen, he does give credit where it’s due. “I learned that from my friend, River,” he said.
The video has been liked more than 29,000 times and shared more than 200,000 times on Facebook.

Friday, February 3, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - the heart


Do you know what this is?
What is it doing?
What do you think it sounds like?
Why doesn't the real thing look like the picture we associate with it?