October 2013

Easy ways to go from trendy to educational by School Sparks

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Turn one of the trendiest new craft activities for kids: The Rainbow Loom into something educational too!

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Learning with leaves

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After gathering a set of leaves, the children explored the leaves by sorting them on our table chart and making leaf confetti!

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Tapping our own magic table top tree

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After tapping and blowing on our book, we went over to the table to essentially retell our story by exploring our own Tap the Magic Tabletop Tree!.

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Scientists ask questions

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Today I’d like to share an activity that we did with our pre-k students to extend our study of the tools scientists use and to encourage them to “think like a scientist.”

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Dinosaurs: Fun Friday features

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Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite posts that were linked up to our Discover and Explore dinosaur linky party.  We had so many cool sensory bins, excavations, fossils, and play dough activities shared that it was really hard to choose favorites… Little Bins for Little Hands shared this really fun icy dinosaur excavation […]

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Exploring the tools of a scientist

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We read the story “Meet Einstein” and then explored the tools of a scientist in our preschool classroom! A super fun filled day of scientific discovery!

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Discovery and explore creating with natural materials

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We are sharing our collection of 11 wonderful ways to create with natural materials for our Discover and Explore linky.

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Simple shape games on the felt board

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The kinds of games we play with the felt board are not all that complicated and all I really need are just a few bight and colorful felt pieces and I have everyone’s attention.

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Exploring all kinds of shapes with salt box drawing

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To promote time with shape recognition and drawing, I transferred our salt into to boxes that come in different shapes.

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The value of a paper plate pumpkin

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There is something so simple yet rewarding about making paper plate pumpkins. I know, because I sat down with my class and made my own paper plate pumpkin and while making it, I realized that the process was relaxing, simple, creative, and fun…

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Halloween: Fun Friday features

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Last week, on the Discover and Explore linky, we invited our fellow bloggers to share their favorite Halloween posts.  A lot of really fun activities were linked up.  Some activities were a little creepy!  Some were really cute!  And others were really cool!  Read on to find out our favorites… By this time in the […]

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Discover and explore dinosaur eggs

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This week our Discover and Explore team has chosen to share with you simple activities you can do to promote and talk about dinosaurs and fossils. As part of our dinosaur adventures, my students found this very interesting dinosaur nest sitting on the table in our outdoor classroom filled with dinosaur eggs.

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Dinosaur land in the sand table

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We spent a week exploring dinosaurs all through out our centers. As part of the children’s exploration of dinosaurs, they spent lots of time playing in our dinosaur land which was located right inside our sand table…

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Pumpkin seed play dough

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My preschoolers enjoyed spending time exploring pumpkin seeds and playing with pumpkin seed play dough!

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Join me on Twitter for a discussion on outdoor learning

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Join me this Monday, October 14, 2013 from 9 – 10pm EST on Twitter for a discussion on Outdoor Learning and Conservation and a chat with expert educators and Georgia-Pacific: We will be sharing ideas that you can do to bring learning outdoors. In honor of World Teachers’ Day which took place on October 5th, we’ll be […]

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Small, tall, fall

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When I come across a picture book that has a few very carefully chosen words along with amazing illustrations, I get so excited. The book titled, “Tall” by Jez Alborough was the perfect book to get us talking about the words, “small, tall, and fall.”

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