ABC and 123: 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Classroom Party: Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer BINGO {Free Printable}


If you are still in search of an activity for your classroom's holiday party this Reindeer BINGO might be just the activity for you.  As linked below there are 4 different game boards shuffled and ready to print.  Remember to print one extra to cut apart so you can draw from a hat to call out boxes.  If you need more than 4 different game boards print a blank grid and a character sheet for each of your students.  Have them cut on the lines then arrange and glue the graphics into the grid however they choose. For a little extra fun students could try to put the pictures in order as they appear in the familiar Christmas song, Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer!



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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Teaching with Ticia: Helping Kids with Tragedy



I had a whole post planned in my head that I was going to write, and then events happened that changed it.  I don't want to draw further attention to the perpetrator, so this won't be specifically about Sandy Hook.  Besides tragedy happens in all guises.  There were tragedies in Hurricane Sandy, and there are smaller personal tragedies every day.  If you want a response to this tragedy in particular, read some of the links from yesterday's post.

I have dealt with this as a teacher with 9-11 and the next year when a shuttle crashed as it returned home.  I have dealt with this as a parent talking when their uncle died and then a year later when their grandpa died.  Both require patience and thinking before you speak.

Dealing with tragedy on a big scale, 

that doesn't affect you personally


1.  Correct errors they've picked up.  Kids will talk about it between themselves.  You can't hush it up and hide it because they will overhear things.  When the space shuttle Columbia crashed, the next day I had students come in claiming they picked up pieces of the space ship from their backyard.  A few even said there were aliens involved.  Correct misconceptions without being judgmental.
2.  Don't endlessly keep the news on when the kids are present.  This may seem like a no-brainer, but another one of the teachers in my school kept the news on to get more information about 9-11.  The principal had to make an announcement for TVs to be turned off.
3.  Allow them to talk.  Kids need ways to process.  Last fall (2011) there were fires near our home.  The kids and I listened to short news updates to know where the fires were.  We talked a lot about what we would do if the fires came to our house.  What the firefighters did to put out the fires.
4. Let them draw it out or act it out.  If their actions become violent, obviously that needs redirecting, but kids need to be able to get their emotions out.  Do not condemn them over their emotions.
5.  Read books to help them think through it.  Some good books are "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" (I only recommend this for uppper elementary or if you preview it), it's a book of poetry written by children in concentration camps.  They are going through horrid things, but the directors there let the kids write and draw. Another good one for hope in hard situations is "Fly Away Home," by Eve Bunting.  A father and his son are homeless and living in the airport.  It helps the kids see there is hope in hard situations, because the boy in the book has hope.

Dealing with tragedy on a personal level

1.  Most of what I said above applies again, but even more so.  Your kids will need to talk about this, and draw about it, and write about it.  Let them do it, even if it hurts you and makes you want to cry.  After their uncle died my boys spent 6 months drawing gravestones on everything.  They didn't go to the funeral, but they drew gravestones and ghosts on everything.  They suddenly had "ghost friends."
2.  To follow that, let them see you cry.  They need to understand you are hurting too.  It's okay.  Children are resilient, and they will get better if you give them the chance.
3. Keep a normal routine as much as possible.  Children thrive on routine, and it helps them to have a routine and to know what to expect.
4.  If it's a death in the family, think long and hard about taking the kids to the funeral.  For our family and our situation, it would not have been good for our kids to go to the funeral, for the both funerals the kids were too young.  They stayed with loving friends and did not go, but some kids it may help them to process their grief.
5.  Remember to talk about the event later on, it helps them remember and process things that happened long ago.  It also will help you.  Things hidden fester in you, and make it harder to recover.

Finally, here are several picture books about death I'm going to separate them out into ones about death of a pet and death of a person.  This is a list I collected back when I was teaching, and I have used some of these books in classrooms and some with my own kids.

Books about the death of a family member or someone you know

 

Books about the death of a pet or an animal

 
Finally I want to add one last book, Tear Soup, this is the one I read over and over when my Dad died during my first year of teaching.  I have given this book to several people to help them deal with their grief.  It's a great book in that it can help both grown ups and adults.

Monday, December 17, 2012


Along with the rest of our country my heart is breaking; as parents and teachers the tragedy in Connecticut affects us on so many different levels.  Since Friday I've been scraping together my thoughts in response to a situation that will never make sense. My words are not eloquent enough to share, but I have been pouring over the words of others to find peace and encouragement moving forward.  As we like to do here on ABC & 123: A Learning Cooperative, I have compiled links here to a few posts that may speak to you as well.
"Thank God for all the writers of the world who put pen to paper and create life rafts for the rest of us." Vigil by Glennon 
Explaining the News to Our Kids by Common Sense Media
A Christmas Prayer by Max Lucado
Sigh No More by Chris
Rage Against the Minivan has also put together a list of the posts that SHE found helpful.
On a personal note, I would like to once again thank every one of you who spends your days in a classroom teaching, loving, caring for, and protecting all children as if they are your very own!  Know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers as you headed back to your classrooms this Monday morning with a new heaviness and sense of responsibility. In the coming days we will likely continue to post our typical content on this site, but please understand that does not mean that we have moved on or forgotten.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Reindeer Tic Tac Toe: FREE Printables

In addition to a few Reindeer Riddles, this thematic tic-tac-toe will provide a fun addition to your classroom holiday celebration. Instead of Xs and Os  play with bucks and does!



Downloads for the board and reindeer playing pieces are FREE!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Reindeer Jokes: A FREE Printable





Here is an early Christmas gift to you -  some silly reindeer jokes to enjoy with your students!
Download Here: Page 1 & Page 2

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Show & Tell #114

Fantastic Fun and Learning linked up to our last party with some silly, fun Christmas carols.  Check out the lyrics to sing along to tunes that are likely already familiar to you.

Serving Pink Lemonade has a cozy idea for keeping little hands warm while they play outside this winter.
If your children have been inspired to write letters to the North Pole this December this post, from Keeping My Toddler Entertained, will help you know just where to send them based on where in the world you live.

It's Your Turn 

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~Post your favorite lessons, crafts, traditions, kid friendly recipes, field trip recap, learning games, experiments, DIY organizational projects, holiday related activities, or Ah-Ha moments.

~Direct link to your post, not your home page.

~Include a link back to us or include our link button in your post or sidebar.

~Please try to visit and comment on at least three links. This adds to the positive collaboration that makes our learning cooperative a success!

~Each week we will feature three links from the previous week's party.  Some weeks these are chosen at random, sometimes by theme, and other times according to linky tools stats.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Learning About Saint Nicholas Day

Today is December 6th and celebrated by many around the world as St. Nicholas Day.  In our house the tradition is to leave out our wooden shoes in hopes that Sinterklaas (the Dutch interpretation of St. Nicholas) will fill them with delicious goodies and small toys.  

 As the story goes on the night of December 6 needy children would find baskets of food and clothing on their doorsteps from a secret gift-giver.  Children began to leave their shoes by the doorstep in hopes of finding coins hidden inside.
Simple Gifts are the Lesson of St. Nicholas Day - This post from Newtown Bee includes historical notes and interactive activities. 

There are many children's books available for teaching your students about Saint Nicholas.  Here are a few titles from Amazon.com to get you started!

 


 There was a very interesting {religious} broadcast from Focus on the Family explaining the true meaning behind Christmas and how Saint Nicholas fits in with the holiday. You can listen to the archived conversation at the link above.

St. Nicholas Center has a page dedicated especially to teachers who would like to incorporate a lesson about St. Nicholas in their classroom. There list includes many books for classroom use as well as discussion guides and coloring pages.
As a simple way of participating in the spirit of St. Nicholas Day, consider planning a secret act of kindness to surprise a friend or family member, or do something kind for someone in need.
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Teaching with Ticia: using classic texts



If you're familiar with the Charlotte Mason philosophy or Classical education you've heard of "living books," books that have stood the test of time and are still in print.  Books that have a wide ranging vocabulary.

I have to confess, I'm not always a fan of some of the examples they use as living books, but I do love good quality picture books.  I'm not a big fan of the Disney princess books or many other popular series for teaching from, though we do own quite a few books from that category.  I love books that have something outstanding in them.

Today my example of a living book is actually a reprint with new pictures.  It's also a Christmas book.  I bought this 10 years ago when I was teaching second grade.  Today I'm going to use this book with my kids (2nd grade and kinder) to demonstrate vocabulary and expressive language.  

When you're looking for good quality books, take the time to read it through.  Try reading the words out loud.  How does it sound?  Do the words just roll out of your mouth and make you smile to read them?  I love the Bear series from Karma Wilson.  I haven't read the books out loud to my kids for a while, but I can still quote parts of it.  

What's the vocabulary like?  Are all of the words one or two syllables?  Now there are exceptions, Cat in the Hat or Little Bear for example, but usually speaking if it's not a beginning reader and the vocabulary is that simple it's not going to stand the test of time.  When you're at the used book store do you pick up the copy of the TV show book you read as a kid to buy?  I don't, unless it's for nostalgia, or I've shown my kids that show.  Even then, my kids don't gravitate to that book over and over again.

What about the illustrations?  This is going to be a very subjective thing, but can you use the pictures for an art lesson?  "Tuesday" by David Weisner has almost no words, but it won a Caldecott.  The pictures told the story that well.  I've "read" it to my class or my kids and challenged them to create a similar style of book.  One that needs almost no words to tell a story.

Some ideas you can use from classic texts:

I'm a bit of a bibliophile, so I really enjoy older books.  They let me get a glimpse into a different age that you don't see now.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Show and Tell #113


We are really looking forward to this week's Show and Tell! Bring on the holiday ideas: sensory bins, handmade gifts, favorite recipes, history lessons, ornaments, advent activities, thematic math, favorite winter books!  'Tis the season for some holiday sharing!


Growing Book by Book linked up to our last party with a suggestion for making gift tags as an extension to reading the book The Legend of the Poinsettia


The colorful cloud experiment shared by Keeping My Toddler Entertained looks like fun for children of all ages!


Watch me Play and Learn made beautiful pictures of Aurora Borealis using dark construction paper and clear nail polish.


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If you are new to Show & Tell or need a quick recap, here are the rules:

~Post your favorite lessons, crafts, traditions, kid friendly recipes, field trip recap, learning games, experiments, DIY organizational projects, holiday related activities, or Ah-Ha moments.

~Direct link to your post, not your home page.

~Include a link back to us or include our link button in your post or sidebar.

~Please try to visit and comment on at least three links. This adds to the positive collaboration that makes our learning cooperative a success!

~Each week we will feature three links from the previous week's party.  Some weeks these are chosen at random, sometimes by theme, and other times according to linky tools stats.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Movement and Music: Using Puppets!

Hi, It's Jedda from This Little Project.  I'm here to share one of my favorite tools for interacting with kids that is also a great way to teach music and movement: PUPPETS!
One thing that is sure to get your student or child's attention is a puppet!  Sometimes it seems that children and are more comfortable interacting with a puppet than directly with an adult.  A puppet has the added benefit of being able to say and do things that adults cannot say and do directly.  
And they are FUN!
 
There are lots of kinds of puppets: string, hand, or stick puppets.  Children love to make their own and they are a great prop for teaching many skills.  If you are worried about singing in front of your students, use a puppet.  They will focus their attention on the puppet instead of you :)
 
Below I have included some ideas for how to utilize these fun friends to  
make your teaching experience more successful  
as well as some 
puppet ideas to make.
 
 Here are 5 ways to use puppets in the classroom
 
This video shows how to use a puppet to teach a counting song:
 
 
The Book Chook has ideas on how to use puppets to encourage children's literacy.
 
This video highlights how to teach another language with puppets, movement and music.

 
You don't need a  puppet theater to use puppets to teach.  But kids can learn a lot about role playing, social interaction, listening, story telling, imagination, and more through one.
  Here's how to make one in a doorway.
 
puppet theater
image: http://www.countryliving.com
 
 
Some puppets are edible!
We have made stick puppets with Marshmallows:
 
And bananas too.
 
It's fun to have an excuse to make your food talk :)
 
 
And my children love to use peg dolls like puppets too.
 
Puppets are a simple tool you can use in so many ways to stimulate many skills, not just movement and music.  I hope they make teaching more fun for you and your students :)
 
Be sure to stop by This Little Project for more fun learning ideas!
 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Author Jeff Kinney - The Third Wheel Book Giveaway


leaving school early + take out pizza in the car + a brand new book + meeting and interviewing Jeff Kinney + touring his travel bus...
It all adds up to a 3rd grade dream and the perfect inspiration for his next personal narrative!
Are you familiar with the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series?  On November 13th Jeff Kinney released his 7th book, The Third Wheel. On the 19th he was touring through our hometown in his own amazing wheels.
The following excerpt from my son's journal is a recap of the interview and a glimpse into the man behind the wildly famous series for upper elementary age students.
...
How did you get started in your writing? I always wanted to draw cartoons, but could not find a newspaper who would pick them up. I ended up putting my cartoons into books and they were picked up by a publisher.
How long does it take for you to write each book? About 9 months
How many more books will be in this series?  Hopefully 3
What is your favorite book in the series so far?  This new book.  The Third Wheel is my favorite because it is my best writing so far.
Would you ever consider writing a series about Greg when he was a very young child? Well, have you read this new book yet?  It starts out with Greg as small as a child can be.
In what ways are you most like the main character in the book?  In all the bad ways I guess.  The naughty things he does are most like my childhood.
Do you have an annoying brother? I do have a brother.
What advice would you give to a student who wants to get published some day?  (paraphrased) Find someone who will offer you constructive criticism about your writing even at a young age.  I always heard about how great I was and it made it difficult to grow my talent and accept rejection later in life.
...
As a parent I think the vague answer about the annoying brother is especially hilarious.  
As a teacher I think the advice Jeff Kinney would offer young writers is very important for us to consider.  Are we just teaching writing or are we really training young writers in all areas of the craft?  Our kids need to learn to gracefully accept feedback and use it to grow. Food for thought this Thanksgiving weekend!  

If you have a Wimpy Kid fan in your family, are looking for a silly book for a reader on your holiday shopping list, or you are looking to add a fun title to your classroom library, enter to win a copy of The Third Wheel! A winner will be chosen using Rafflecopter on Tuesday, November 27th!





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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Seasonal writing: Letters to Santa


I'm sure you haven't realized this yet with all of the holiday music blaring and the stores telling you every few days, but Christmas is coming.

"What?" you say it's every year.  I know, I know it is.

But in all seriousness, Christmas is coming, and it's a great time to work on letter writing skills.

Back when I was teaching my class always wrote a letter to Santa, and he always wrote back to them.  It was a magical moment.  But, I want to share another way kids can write to Santa other than just what they really want.


When Santa Lost His Ho! Ho! Ho! is a super cute book with lots of great reasons to write letters.  Santa loses his "Ho ho ho," and is depressed.  Children write him hundreds of letters to cheer him up, but nothing works, until finally he gets that ONE letter.


Last year I read this book to my kids and then they spent a lot of time thinking of ways they would make Santa laugh.  Teacher Files has some cute Santa lined papers that would be great with this book and activity.

For early or pre-writers have them draw a funny cartoon.

All 3 of my kids are still at the early writing stages, so we concentrate more on process and how to create ideas.

So we brain stormed together what makes things funny.  Is it what you write or what you draw?  Why is one joke funny and another isn't?  After everyone had an idea we talked through if the idea needs a picture.  The letter that made Santa laugh in the book had a funny picture to go with it.  Did their funny idea need a picture to help explain it?

When they started writing I emphasize a lot that I do not care about spelling right now.  I want them to write.  My kids are worried about it being perfect.  I want them to get words on the page and then we can edit it for spelling or grammar.  This can be a very hard thing for kids to understand and grasp at a young age, but if they can get past wanting it to be perfect it can really help them be more willing to write on their own.

I'm always on the look out for other good books to lead into writing prompts, do you have some Christmas favorites for my kids to write about this year?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Plan Ahead for Smart Spending


While Thanksgiving is a day to rest and be thankful for all we have, the very next morning millions of us will wake up before dawn to begin furiously preparing for the remainder of the holiday season. The turkey coma has worn off and the Black Friday craze has begun!  However, Black Friday can be about more than searching out the perfect deal or the best present – it can be an opportunity to teach the entire family about wise holiday spending.

The holidays are a great time to talk to kids about money and gift giving – they have an emotional interest! By involving them from a young age in the holiday planning and budgeting, they will have a great foundation for doing their own holiday spending when the time comes.

To help you get started, T. Rowe Price has developed tips for families to share about smart spending for Black Friday, and in turn, smart spending for the whole holiday season.

  • Make your list, but assign each person a dollar value instead of an item.  That way you won't feel compelled to purchase a specific item on your list if it turns out to be more expensive than expected. Chances are that by remaining open-minded, you can find a great gift for someone without exceeding your dollar limit.


  • Don't feel like the amount you spend is a direct reflection of how much you care about your loved one. They will never know exactly what you spent on them, and there is no need to feel self-conscious about it.


  • Explain to your kids where the money being spent for gifts is coming from. Talk to them about how you work the expense of the holidays into your annual spending – a separate savings account to help you save throughout the year, etc.


  • Look into layaway or other programs that allow you to make interest free payments for a big-ticket item. Doing a little research before you begin shopping will help point you to stores that offer interest free layaway and have the products you’re looking for.


  • Get creative! Suggest doing a family “Secret Santa” in order to avoid buying numerous gifts. By assigning each child just one sibling or cousin to buy for, as well as a dollar amount they cannot exceed, it becomes easier for everyone in the family to get involved in the holidays.  Or, suggest the family pitches in for an event or item instead of purchasing gifts, to emphasize the importance of family time.  For example, offer to pay for a plane ticket for a loved one to visit, or a Wii console for the family game night.

After the Black Friday buzz has worn off, you can continue money conversations with your kids well into the holiday season. To help make this easier, T. Rowe Price has created the Family Financial Hub where parents can find tools and resources, including a free activity book with puzzles, games, and activities to teach financial lessons in a fun way.  Kids can also go directly to The Great Piggy Bank Adventure®, an online board game developed in collaboration with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online.

This Black Friday, talk with your kids about making lists, pitching in, and all of the other tactics you follow when buying holiday gifts. By using T. Rowe Price’s tips, you can be better positioned to make it through the 2012 holiday season without going into the red, and while providing your children with valuable money lessons that will last all year long.

T. Rowe Price and Disney Enterprises, Inc., are not affiliated companies.

Stuart Ritter, CFP®, is a T. Rowe Price financial planner and expert in family financial education. He is a father of three young kids.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Holiday Shopping in a Teacher Supply Store


While my family is gearing up for Thanksgiving and a quiet weekend at home together, many are gearing up for a busy weekend of post Thanksgiving shopping.  We have a few favorite shops for finding toys that teach, craft supplies, and the newest learning games.  Hint. Sometimes teacher supply stores are one of the best resources for filling stockings, finding great toys for the little ones on your  gift giving list, picking a useful gift for a teacher, or stocking up for birthday parties. Your children More than just bulletin board decorations, curriculum kits, and name tags, teacher supply stores are full of great toys, puppets, books, games, and puzzles.

I have already done a bit of my Christmas shopping at MPM School Supplies.  One of our younger sons is really into Schleich animals. We found a few of the creatures he didn't already have in this online teacher store.  They are a different brand, but similar in quality and appearance. These are tucked away to be added to his stocking.

My oldest son is a huge LEGO fan. He has mastered many kits, so for Christmas he thinks he is up for the challenge of NanoBlocks. We are looking forward to wrapping up the Space Shuttle set for him.

MPM School Supplies has competitive prices, a large selection, speedy shipping within the US, and a great selection of clearance products for you to check out!  The regular priced items are organized by department.  Many of you will appreciate their fun selection of Dramatic Play and Active Play products.  I also found myself dreaming up activities while searching the Manipulatives.  I am also tempted to go back through the store and pick out some Art & Craft Supplies to stuff my daughter's stocking with.

MPMSchool Supplies is offering the readers of ABC & 123 an opportunity to shop their store at 10% off throughout the holiday season.  Use this link to receive 10% off your first 10 orders.  Happy Shopping!

Disclosure: MPMSchoolSupplies.com gifted me with a $25 certificate to purchase the items of my choice in exchange for posting about their online store here.  The opinions are my own.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Feature Yourself Friday: Meet Steph

Hello I'm Steph from MakieDo.com I like to make things. Lots of them. I make things for me, for my home, for my baby and for my lovely hubby. Most of the time I make play things and I firmly believe you can encourage gentle, constant learning throughout childhood: in-fact with a little extra thought you can sprinkle on a little extra learning to your child's everyday play.

Those of you who have already come across my blog will know that I certainly don't think this means in-your-face-sit-at-a-table-and-learn-by-repeating, until all the joy has been stripped out of an activity! It just means making learning opportunities constantly available in the toys and activities I make for my daughter - aka 'lovely girl'. You can see what I mean if you take a look at my rainbow pom-poms which are a great aid to have conversations about colors while we're dancing around like idiots, log fractions (as featured right here! ) so that we can all get familiar with the language of maths without it being a big deal  - even back in the day when lovely girl started asking about foods it only took a moment to pop up a poster of her meals and common foods which we point at every now and then!

 So as her imagination has blossomed recently, leading to all sorts of imaginative play, I began to think.  Then made a magical forest play mat for her: always with one eye on that extra learning I can sprinkle in. This time it's all about Seasons.
Forest play mat complete with animals 
Forest play mat complete with animals

 Imaginative play is already working that lovely little brain of hers and by adding cute little seasonal areas around the mat we get to discuss what the animals would be doing in each area, Mr Squirrel would be collecting and hiding acorns in the autumn ready to get him through winter; here hedgehogs would be hibernating, Owls would be fluffing up and hunting at night. What flowers would be growing or dying away, what the trees would look like, what we would be doing: Easter egg hunts or decorating Christmas trees.

Seasons aspect of playmat 
The seasons of the forest playmatAnimals from the forest playmat 
Animals from the forest playmat

 Critically for me these things don't have to cost the earth. In-fact free, up-cycled or foraged materials are often the best. The mat, for example, is made by needle felting: which is cheap and really simple to pick up.  All the material for this one came from a leftovers bag (£9) (which is still over 80% full  having made all sorts of things) and the needles cost me (£3). I just worked onto a chopped up old wool coat I had in my remnants box, but you could always nip to a charity shop/thrift store and pick up something wool or fleece to use for next to nothing!
  Things MakieDo has made 
Examples of recent MakieDo projects - from left to right: lavender tummy dolly, felt house with opening roof and door, felt booties and solar system mobile

 I hope you find five to check out my blog , facebook, pinterest or twitter if you're ever in need of inspiration or ideas!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bilingual wednesdays- Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is around the corner and I made these vocabulary flash cards to review some important words in our curriculum.
Flashcards are the traditional method for learning vocabulary. Either in English or Spanish they are a wonderful, easy-to-do resource to learn new words.
They are cheap and easy to do.You need paper, pictures and glue. You can laminate them for durability.
If they are fun, colorful, and creative, they will help to remember vocabulary words. You can use them for a small or  a big group. 
Flashcards are a tried and tested teaching and learning device inside and outside the classroom, for kids and adults alike.
The key to using flash cards is to look at the word or definition, then you can cover the word, and test your kids  if they can remember.

These are a set of flaschards I made to review Thanksgiving words such as
  • Cena / Dinner
  • Calabaza /Pumpkin
  • Peregrinos / Pilgrims
  • Aborígenes / Natives
  • Maíz / Corn
  • Cornucopia /Cornucopia 
  • Tarta / Pie

Grab your copy from my blog

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Show and Tell #112


The lesson shared by waddlee-ah-chaa would be fantastic for helping students experience a measurement concept that is somewhat difficult to comprehend. 


I am looking forward to trying this sticks and stars science experiment, from A Moment in Our World, with my own children.

My Joy-Filled Life did an exciting lesson about the parts of the brain and nerves.  The clever hats sure make those kids look brainy ;)!

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If you are new to Show & Tell or need a quick recap, here are the rules:

~Post your favorite lessons, crafts, traditions, kid friendly recipes, field trip recap, learning games, experiments, DIY organizational projects, holiday related activities, or Ah-Ha moments.

~Direct link to your post, not your home page.

~Include a link back to us or include our link button in your post or sidebar.

~Please try to visit and comment on at least three links. This adds to the positive collaboration that makes our learning cooperative a success!

~Each week we will feature three links from the previous week's party.  Some weeks these are chosen at random, sometimes by theme, and other times according to linky tools stats.