Friday, May 27, 2016


Newly released!


by L. G. Mooney

If your classroom is a zoo, it's time to join in the fun! A collection of songs about favorite zoo animals set to familiar tunes.

Now available in ebook formats at Amazon, Omnilit, Barnes and Noble, and via my webpage.

Excerpt and buy links.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

5 Minute Science Lesson - Fly

This is a closeup of a fly's head.
Note the eyes, the water droplets, and proboscis.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Newly Released! MUSIC AND WEE ONES

Newly Released!

by L. G. Mooney

A collection of helpful hints sung to familiar tunes for the Pre-School and Kindergarten teacher.

Now available in ebook formats at Amazon, OmniLit, Barnes and Noble, and on my website!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

5 Minute Science Lesson - Lion's Paw

Here is a lion's paw being held by a man.
Discuss what you see, and make comparisons.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Easy Homemade Butterfly Feeder

This activity is a great way to observe butterflies through your classroom windows. If there are no trees nearby, you can always use a coat hanger or Christmas wreath hanger.

Instructions here.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Using Pinterest Pictures in the Classroom - Braided

1. What do you think this is? Why?

2. How many do you see?

3. How long do you think these are, measuring from top to bottom?

4. Where do you think you could buy these?

5. What do you think these are made of?

6. What do you think the owner is using them for?

7. If you had these, what would you use them for? Why?

8. If you didn't have these, what would you use instead in their place?

Friday, May 6, 2016

Make It a Reward, Not a Threat

During the thirty-six years when I taught, I've often (and sadly) heard other teachers punish a child by putting them alone with a book. Or tell them they can't do such-and-such until they've read X number of pages. Or worse, test them on every book they read. The conditions may change, but the outcome is inevitable:

Children learn to hate to read.

We need to turn this around and reward children by letting them read. Better yet, if you're a parent or grandparent, let your child pick out a book they want at the local supermarket or book store. Or library! Make it a weekly jaunt, or a regular stopover when you run certain errands. 

If the child misbehaves, take away that wonderful privilege of reading. But don't ever use reading a book as a form of punishment.