ABC and 123: January 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Show and Tell #86

Mama and Many Blessings created a crystalized snowflake tree as a lovely winter centerpiece.

I Heart Crafty Things came up with a colorful hook activity for the book A Bad Case of the Stripes.

Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational used the measures and notes of music to practice mathematical skills. It's your turn!
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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.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

National Puzzle Day: Why Puzzles?


Brain Health & Puzzles explains the importance of puzzles for learning, maintaining, and improving your brain.  Puzzles improve our focus, attention, flexibility, and memory.  
Most students also think they are fun, so puzzles are a great way to sneak in extra learning and skill review!
Maria has devoted an entire site to solving number puzzles.  The site, The Math Mom's Puzzles, focuses on math that is applicable to life.
According to Ann Bower's article, Teaching With Puzzles, puzzles made of wood or heavy cardboard are effective for encouraging motor skills in children ages 1-8. For older children, jigsaw puzzles with small cardboard pieces encourage problem solving skills.
Lisa's Craft Blog shares a fun snowflake craft your children may enjoy making today out of puzzle pieces.  

Grandmother Hen used craft sticks to create Remember When puzzles.  These would be nice to also use as story starters.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Mozart



Arts Alive has put together a resource packet for teachers to use when exploring the life and music of Mozart.
Bright Hub Education has a Kindergarten lesson plan for introducing students to Wolfgang Mozart.  The lesson objective states:
The objective of this Mozart lesson plan for kindergarten is to provide students with an introduction to this classical composer through discussion and hands-on activities. At the end of this lesson, children will have an understanding of what classical music is and know who Mozart (among other composers) was.
Making Music Fun has a home school lesson plan to be used in teaching students about Mozart. You will find a printable word search and multiplication practice sheet at the link.
Make a special treat in honor of his birthday - a Mozart cake.

The Music Kit has posted a list of children's books about Mozart.


Older students might like to try Mozart's Musical Dice Game for composing a minuet.


Share a familiar song with your children.  They may be surprised to learn that Mozart was the composer.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Learning About Australia in Honor of Australia Day


Mama Smiles is the host for a wonderful post written by another one of our favorite contributors, Elise.  The post is about exploring Australian geography and is a fantastic resource.
Counting Coconuts put together a Continent Bag full of activities for learning about Australia.
Inspiration Surrounds, Creativity Abounds shared some examples of activities she will do with her own children on Australia Day to teach them about their home.
Storytime Source Page shares a great list of book titles, flannel board activities, and songs about Australian Animals.  
Check out the official Australia Day website for more information if you are interested.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Bilingual Wednesdays - Brr..it is cold outside! part 2


Brr..it is cold outside- Part 2
Here we are working with snowmen. We love snowmen! Maybe because it never snows where we live, so we enjoy just playing with them in our games.

Snowhite was patterning here. Visual discrimination is an important skill. We learned about 
same / different  - igual / diferente


and here she was sorting snowmen by size
big/ small  -  grande/ pequeño


and her favourite games, puzzles!


you can download the second part here

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Show and Tell #85




As part of their Little Mathematician series of posts, Raising the Cameran Clan rolled a giant die and graphed Trains.

Meremade is going to be practicing basic computation using a wooden math block.  The tutorial for making your own math block is included in the post.

Waddle-ah-chaa explains a Make Ten Math Game that uses a deck of playing cards.
It's your turn!
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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, January 23, 2012

Movement and Music: Heart Healthy for Valentine's Day

Hello again!  I'm Jedda from This Little Project.  Each year around Valentine's Day I like to take some time to teach about how to help our hearts be healthy.  Everything seems to be centered around hearts at this time of year so it's great timing for some movement and music learning that's focused on making sure we have happy and healthy hearts.

Staying active is one of the best ways to help our hearts be healthy.  So today's music links are about active music-making, with some heart science and games at the end!

This one is, appropriately, "HEART and Soul."  Wouldn't it be fun to have a big piano to dance on like this?  Turn on some music and pretend your feet are making the tune like they do!


heart and soul


I think this "Stomp Song" is lots of fun.  Trying stomping your feet to the music.  You could use this song or any song that is fun to march around the room to make your own "stomp song."

Stomp Song


This is a famous "love song" that is great for kids to be able to recognize and name.  It is said that Beethoven loved Elise and wrote this song for her.  What kind of movements or dance does this song inspire in you?

"Fur Elise" (For Elise)

Learning is even more fun when your heart is involved and for some kids, the movement makes the learning happen even more efficiently.  So get ready to jump out of your chairs to learn!

These Heart-Heatlthy Games gets you moving around while you spell, learn the sounds of letters, and 
some Valentine Words--LINK to the games.



And for more about the science behind how our hearts work, check out this game and this site.

Try these fun ways to get your heart involved with your math:
Math "exercises" are really exercises when you get up off your chair!

Greater/less than number recognition game: use a deck of cards to play "war." The number that is higher wins and kids take turns doing that many jumping jacks (or sit ups, etc.)

Exercise your Answer: When you find the answer to your addition, subtraction, or multiplication problem you can "exercise" the answer.  Take that many seconds to skip, jump, or dance.  Or do like above, and the answer to your math problem tells you how many jumping jacks or sit-ups to do.

For more fun Valentine's and movement ideas stop by This Little Project for the Music @ my House series.

Have fun taking music and movement to heart!  


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Muffin Tin Playing, Learning, and Skill Reviewing Activities


Thanks to Michelle from Muffin Tin Mom, families all over the blog world are using tins for serving more than just muffins.

More than just for eating, muffin tins are a great tool for organizing materials and teaching basic skills in new and creative centers.

When starting a Lego project with her son, Muffin Tin Mom sorts the small pieces into muffin tins to make the project more manageable.

Making Learning Fun explains two early childhood games that use muffin tins to teach basic skills.
Using tins, picture cards, and pom poms preschoolers can practice visual discrimination.
The second game using tins, dice, and pom poms effectively practices counting and color recognition.

At Happy Brown House muffin tins and colorful foam stickers are the materials needed to practice sorting skills.

Growing Book by Book explains 4 great games for practicing literacy skills with elementary students: Toss and Answer, Match-a-Roo, Three in a Row, and Sort-a-Roo.

The Wonder Years encouraged collaging by providing interesting materials in a muffin tin.

Meaningful Mama uses coins, cards, and muffin tins for a skill review activity than can be adapted to whatever skill you are teaching.

Pre-K Pages used a muffin tin to create a magnet exploration station.


Here's to never having too many muffin tins in your collection!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Valentine's Day Math Ideas




I wanted to give you some fun ideas for Valentine's Day that had to do with math. I already posted about them on my blog last year, but why reinvent the wheel, right?  Here's some fun games you can play in your classroom or at home! :)











{Click the picture for the download ALL of the math activities-Free ;)}


Here is the same Candy Heart graph that is in packet, but this one has the color blue instead of white (it just depends on what brand you buy, usually the boxes have white and the bags have blue)

Clipart and/or fonts copyright DJ Inkers and used with permission. www.djinkers.com



For more math ideas, check out my "It All Adds Up" posts {here}.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Show and Tell #84


Happy Tuesday!  Winter has finally found it's way to our part of the world.  My children are LOVING the snow.  I guess that means it is a good time to get winter-y with our learning.

Fun Frugal Mommy shared a winter themed preschool math unit.
I love the snowman lunch created by Kitchen Fun with my Three Sons.
Math with marshmallows.  Mmmmmm!  Thanks for sharing Bubble Gum Tree.
Since I am really enjoying all the great winter themed math activities, here is one more idea rich post from Mom's Heart.

It's your turn!
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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, January 16, 2012

Teaching with Ticia: New York and North Carolina

NEW YORK

I have to admit I'm a sucker for New York City because I visited there as a young girl and very much enjoyed seeing Ellis Island and seeing my first Broadway Musical. So, I really enjoyed looking for some fun ideas for it.
 



What's in the lapbook, as you can see it took a few pages to glue it into.
Norman Rockwell is from New York, and this was a fun writing activity.  Write a story about the picture you got.  I did a google search for the images and got more than I could use.

My Ideal Park- Teddy Roosevelt is from New York, my library did not have a good book about him, but it had a truly delightful book about his daughter with wonderful illustrations, and fabulous vocabulary. If you can find a copy of "What to Do about Alice?"  I'd highly recommend it.  Afterward we discussed Teddy Roosevelt founding the National Park system, and designed our ideal park (link to printable).

Under New York- This is a charming story about what there is under the city and the many layers.  It was a great way to think about what is going on that you can't see.  Inside the Under New York printable they drew what was going on under NYC.

Tenth Avenue Cowboy- A boy moves to NYC and dreams of growing up to be a cowboy, his dream comes true but not the way he planned.  This was a great way to talk about dreams coming true in ways that aren't expected.

Statue of Liberty- I found a list of how tall different parts of the statue's body were.  We went outside and measured it out.  In my experience you can tell a kid how big something is, but until they've actually seen it measured out in real life they don't understand it.
Teddy Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt flapbooks- for these I used a picture I'd googled and had them write one sentence about each of the presidents.  As I mentioned my library did not have any great books about either Roosevelt or their wives.
Building Manhattan- I used a photocopy of the final page of the book to create a timeline of what happened.

New York State Symbols

NORTH CAROLINA


Back when I was in junior high I had to do a state study about North Carolina.  I thought I was oh so clever and called it "Have you ever heard of the Tar Heel state?"  My history teacher was not as amused and my grade was rather bland, probably a low B.


North Carolina is rather printable light.........  That's being kind.  The books for the state straggled in over the course of 2 months and I just was not able to cover them all.

Design your own plane- Obviously a very popular idea.  Afterwards they really enjoyed flying them outside.

Best way to waterproof paper- North Carolina is known for exporting tar (hence the name Tar Heel state), so we enjoyed trying different ways of waterproofing paper.

North Carolina state symbols-I continued to be amused at what states pick for the state animals, surprisingly enough squirrel is not too common.

OTHER ACTIVITIES not in the book


Greensboro sit ins- my kids really enjoyed designing protest signs.  I did not enjoy as much their deciding to protest later while circling and yelling loudly.

Blackbeard's Last Fight- Several states claim him, and since he plundered up and down the Southern United States it is valid, but he died in North Carolina, and so I put him here.  The kids very much enjoyed making a puppet of him sinking.


I know there is a lot more I could do for New York, but we had spent three weeks on it, and I could tell the kids were getting antsy about it.   For those of you who have visited there or live there what is your favorite thing in New York?