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? 
Why?

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
IVY KIDS ACTIVITY SUBSCRIPTION BOX FOR KIDS
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?

Friday, May 26, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - gravity


What do you see.
What are the rockets doing?
Which one is the fastest? Which one is the slowest?
What is this infogram teaching you?

Time to Google "gravity".

Monday, May 22, 2017

"I've been in education for 20 years, and there's a disturbing trend afoot in kindergartens around the US"


This article was sent to me by another teacher, and - sadly - I can relate all to well with it. At the school district where I taught, nap time was removed, PE time and recess was cut, centers/stations were frowned up, and the entire school day was increased by 30 minutes to "allow for more education time". And this included Pre-Kindergarten. We teachers were constantly having to assess and test our children, leaving less and less time for actual learning and discovery.

Friday, May 19, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - snakes


What is this?
What is it doing?
What is that white thing?
Did you know that some snakes are born alive and not from eggs?
Would you hold it?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Next Time You Take Your Class to a Museum...


...take the time to sit, and observe, and ask questions. Try not to rush. True appreciation is learned, not instructed.

Friday, May 12, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Wind Turbines


1. Do you know what these are?
2. What do they look like?
3. What do you think they're doing?

4. These are wind turbines. By using the wind, they generate electricity. Where do you think these might be located?
5. See that little strip of bare land running in front of all of them? That's a road. See the little black box at the foot of each turbine? That's a generating station that people go into. So how big do you think these turbines are?


(Psst! See the car parked in front of the 8th one down?)

Monday, May 8, 2017

TpT is Having a Two-Day Sale!

TpT is having a site-wide sale from
Tuesday the 9th to Wednesday the 10th.
Now's the time to stock up!

Use code: THANKYOU17
to get up to 28% off!

To help celebrate, I'm giving away a $10 TPT gift card! All you have to do is comment below with your name and email address! I'll announce the winner here, and send out an email of congratulations, on Thursday.
(International educators are also welcome!)
In themeantime, you can access my books at the TPT site through this link.

Friday, May 5, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - armadillo


Do you know the name of this animal?
What is it doing?
Why do you think it's doing that?
What does it look like after it goes into "hiding"?

Friday, April 28, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - ripening


What is this?
What is happening?
Did you notice the seeds turn red before the rest of the fruit?
Can you eat it when it's green? Why or why not?

(You might also want to note that the fruit ripens as it grows. It doesn't grow to size and then ripen.)

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Military Grade Sleep System


You can read more about it here.

(A friend of mine found this at Target. It's for children who are afraid of monsters in their bedrooms, or may otherwise have trouble sleeping by themselves. According to my friend, her child feels safer and more comfortable. I checked the Target website but couldn't find it. However, your local store may carry it.)


Friday, April 21, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - fire


What do you see?
Where is this?
What colors are the flames?
Why do you think the fire isn't red?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Excellent Teaching Source - CuriosityStream



CuriosityStream is a global ad-free subscription video on demand service. It exclusively delivers nonfiction documentaries and series about science, technology, history and nature.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Write a Hamburger Sentence!

Use the graphic below to write a hamburger sentence. Or, if you wish to get creative, cut out circles from different colored paper (ex: brown for meat, red for tomatoes, green for lettuce) and have the students write one word per "slice" to build it.

To expand it further, or to make it more challenging, you can add a "yellow for cheese" and a "white for mayo" to make the sentence building harder.

(Click on the picture for a larger, printable version.)



Friday, April 7, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - space shuttle and rockets


What do you see?
Why is the fire coming out of the big rocket and not the space shuttle?
What is causing the fire?

Friday, March 31, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - absorption


1. What do you see?
2. Why do people like do dunk their cookies in milk?
3. What does the milk do to the cookie?
4. Do you like to dunk cookies in milk? What kind of cookie?
5. What other ways do people dunk their food? (Ex: doughnuts in coffee)


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Google It Up - hamburger

Check with Google and find out why it's called a HAMBURGER, but there's no HAM in it!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Home Remedies to Remove Head Lice


As much as teachers (and parents) don't want to admit it, cases of head lice are a bane to an elementary school's existence. Here are some home remedies to rid your child of infestation.

Friday, March 24, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - sunset/sunrise


1. What do you see?
2. Why is the sky red instead of blue?
3. Would you be able to see this in the morning at sunrise? Or in the evening during sunset? 

Monday, March 20, 2017

New! MUSIC AND TEA


Music And Tea
Music And Series, Book 5by L. G. Mooney
$0.99 e

Served with a delicious selection of songs, games, and activities.


Friday, March 17, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - camouflage


Can you tell what this is a picture of?
Where is the owl?
Why do you think it's hard to see him?
Can you think of other ways animals use camouflage?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Learning About Patterns and Shapes With LEGOS


If you have a LEGO fan in the house than this activity is for you. Teach your kids about textures, patterns, shapes, and colors all while having fun! Have them dip their LEGOs in the paint and create their own beautifulpaintings!

Friday, March 10, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - matches


Can you tell what this is?
It's a match going up in flame.

Describe what you see.
What do you think the little balls are?

What is surprising about this picture? What do you notice that you didn't know before?

Monday, March 6, 2017

Views From a Step Stool (Open Minds and Messy Hands)


Another awesome site. Views From a Step Stool (Open Minds and Messy Hands) is a great source of ideas and inspiration, especially for Pre-K teachers! And I will be adding this to the list on the sidebar for future reference.

Friday, March 3, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - steam


What do you see?
What is causing it?
What is it made of?
Where else can you see steam?
(ex: steam locomotives, your breath on a cold day)