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


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)

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?