ABC and 123: January 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Simple Sewing with Kids


Holiday Crafts and Creations gives instructions for sewing sweet Valentine bookmarks.

This Simple Home shares a first sewing lesson used to teach a 6 year old to sew.

Sewing School explains one way to organize your sewing supplies in the classroom.

Mini Eco has colorful sewing cards available as a free printable.

Mouse House posted a tutorial on creating a Kid's Suitcase Sewing Kit.
You're going to love the fun printable sewing cards,and easy to follow instructions, from Handmade Charlotte.
Unfinished Project gives a tutorial for sewing a fabric envelope for your kid's to send their Valentines in.
Practice with the machine by sewing a heart garland out of paper.
Put together a tot time tray to practice beginning sewing skills, like this one from Delightful Learning.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Valentine Themed Science Experiments


Naturally Educational explains a simple experiment watching candy hearts dissolve in hot and cold water.
Bath Activities for Kids posted some love{ly} Valentine inspired bath experiments.
The Beauty Brains list 5 simple Valentines Day Science Experiments for kids.
Create a Valentine perfect for testing acids and bases with this activity from Steve Spangler.
Mental Floss compiled 12 clever science themed Valentines appropriate for older children or adults.
Chemistry for Life links to many fun Valentine themed demonstrations, experiments, and activities. The borax crystal hearts look especially fun to try with my children.
Ms. Belcoure's Chemistry Class worked through a Chemistry Lab to make Valentine Bath Fizzies.
The Sub Hub has a free download including a couple heart day experiments.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Show and Tell #116

An Idea on Tuesday used chalkboard paint to put together a creative playscape.

Little Wonders' Day shared a list of 10 simple ways to say I Love You to your children.

 Design a beautiful winter scene using the crayon cloisonne technique shared on Mommy's Wish List.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thematic Planning in Spanish


Themes and units should be based on concepts. A unit on "bears", "circus" etc. is not
driven by concepts. However, units on "how animals live", "immigration", "communities" areconcepts that provide a foundation for units.

Eiher in English or Spanish thematic units are powerful in building and maintaining children interest. Children of all ability levels are motivated to learn. An advantage to using thematic units is the teacher's ability to expand the ideas and content. Contrary to teaching from a file cabinet that is used year-to-year, thematic units of study never stagnate. As a beginning, select one unit and build. Begin with concepts, objectives, materials, and a time element. Ask children what they like or their interests. This varies with each new class. Let them evaluate their learning and the unit content. Decide where to modify mini-lessons or materials.

Units are wonderful in the development of a sense of pride and ownership in learning.

Some considerations in the planning would include:
1. Length of the unit.. a week, two weeks, four weeks, etc. How much time do you have
for the implementation of the unit?
2. Content areas to be integrated.. language, literature, social studies..
3. Curriculum expectations of your school district.. checklist of skills and concepts
integrated into the unit as introduced, maintained, mastered, etc.
4. Availability of materials, both those provided by the district and supplemental
materials you may have to purchase or find.
5. Centres - what activities will be used to reinforce the skills at centres and how you
will manage them
7. Songs, poems, music - finding the resources that can be used for morning meetings,
poetry journals, circle time, phonemic awareness. Review materials that include specific
themes but also the phonemic skills you want to use in the unit.
8. Art and projects - to extend the unit. Will there be an art center each day, each
week, or at the end of the unit a project? What type of hands-on experiences will you
provide?
9. Environment - how will you work with your big ideas in a tiny space?
10. Children needs - diverse learning styles, language (oral language in their home
language and school language).
11. Scheduling the activities... working with special classes, pull out classes, and
absent students.
12. Assessment. What is the criteria? How can all children achieve a feeling of
success and be successful, responsible learners?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Teaching with Ticia: Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.


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Next Monday is Martin Luther King jr. Day, the day we've set aside to remember a man who changed our country.  I'm sure a lot of you are scrambling trying to find some great ideas for teaching about him to your kids or to your students.  Well, here are a few ideas to teach that I've found around the web recently, and I will use with my kids.


Learn about the mules and the people MLK thought were special at the Last Mules of Gee Bend

Some other ideas to add in:
for older kids: research Martin Luther, who he was named after, how are they similar?
watch the video of the speech, talk about his speech patterns, does he sound interested or bored?  Why do you think people listened to him?
this speech was delivered at the Washington Monument, learn about Washington's evolution of his views on slavery and brainstorm what Washington would have thought of Martin Luther King jr.?
before the speech is aired they sang spirituals, many were written by slaves for different reasons.  Listen to the songs.  Do they give you hope?  How do you feel after listening to it?  Are you angry?  Different songs brought different emotions to the slaves and later to the freed African Americans.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Show and Tell #115

Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational took an elementary school favorite and turned it into a learning opportunity.  They used a folded "fortune teller" to review spelling words.

  Highhill Homeschool experimented with electricity by creating their own circuit boards.

Ten Kids and a Dog shared a suggestion for making ornaments out of pom poms.  This caught my eye because our family tried to make "disco balls" for New Year's Eve using styrofoam and sequins.  It would have taken us until 2014 to cover all of our ornaments.  The pom poms would have been a much quicker and just as sparkly option!

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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.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Snowflake Sculptures, Rhymes, Stamps & Crafts

Welcome 2013! There isn't enough snow yet in our city for winter sports or snowmen, but the kids are ready to play with snowflakes.  Here are a few suggestions for some snow-y learning until the real white stuff covers the ground.

Snowflake Rhymes from The Adventures of Bear
suggested age: toddler/early elementary

Snowflake Sculptures from A List Maker's Life
suggested age: elementary+

Snowflake Mosaics from Thomas Elementary Art
suggested age: upper elementary
Snowflake Symmetry from Love2Learn2Day
suggested age: elementary
The Shapes and Classes of Snowflakes defined from Somethin Ordinary: Nature's Spectacular Geometry
suggested age: middle school+

3D Paper Snowflakes from Mathematics World
suggested age: elementary+

Make a Flake - Interactive Online Snowflake Cutting Game
suggested age: any

Gross Motor Snowflake Games - Playing with Words 365
suggested age: preschool

Blizzard Effect Snowflake Painting - To the Lesson
suggested age: preschool/elementary
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DIY Snowflake Ballerinas  - Good Ideas for You {printable template}
suggested age: elementary +

{some links re-posted from winter 2009}