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Archive for December, 2010

Snow Obstacle Course!

December 29, 2010
Snow Obstacle Course!

    Snow Obstacle Course Build an obstacle course with your child and turn your snow covered yard into a maze of fun (or amazing fun!)! Make paths with a shovel going around trees or swings or just make a path with your boots. Have your child make a snow angel, hop like a...
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Why Don’t Polar Bears Get Cold?

December 27, 2010
Why Don’t Polar Bears Get Cold?

Picture taken from Google. Materials: bowl of ice and cold water vegetable shortening plastic bag a bowl with ice and  some cold water. Steps: You can ask your child to imagine he was a polar bear swimming in the Arctic (the bowl of cold water), ask, “How would you stay warm?” Let them put ...
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Make Icebergs

December 27, 2010
Make Icebergs

Make Your Own Icebergs Your child will love being able to take two snowballs in the house for this experiment on icebergs. Materials: 2 snowballs kitchen sink cold water Steps: One snowball needs to be packed very hard and the other fairly soft. Inside put them in the sink filled with cold water. What...
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Snow People

December 26, 2010
Snow People

  Materials: Your child’s endless imagination assorted clothes – hats, gloves, scarf… for the snowman Sandbox pails to form shapes Assorted items to make interesting mouths, eyes, hair, ears – like mushrooms for the nose, red pepper for the lips, spaghetti for hair Steps: Make snow people in groups having fun. Your child can...
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Holly, Jolly Christmas!

December 26, 2010
Holly, Jolly Christmas!

Holly, Jolly Christmas! Hope everyone has had a peaceful and merry holiday! This is a very short movie was created by my son.  Isn’t it great? Christmas Movie   Thanks James – it is beautiful! Tweet
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Stain Glass Candle Holders

December 23, 2010
Stain Glass Candle Holders

My son made these candle holders many years ago and the still look great!  They are easy for even the youngest children. Materials: clean glass container, empty jar or vase white glue and water mixed equally paint brush tissue paper wax paper Mod Podge (optional – but it gives a nice shine to the...
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Colonial America Cooking – Boston Brown Bread and Churned Butter

December 20, 2010
Colonial America Cooking – Boston Brown Bread and Churned Butter

This is a classic all-American bread recipe. Materials: 4 x 8 loaf pan, grease and flour the pan 1/2 t. baking soda 1/2 c. rye flour 1 t. baking powder 1/2 c. cornmeal 1/2 t. salt 1 c. all-purpose white flour 1 c. buttermilk 1/3 c. molasses 3 T. melted butter 2 eggs Steps...
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Watercolors like Claude Monet

December 15, 2010
Watercolors like Claude Monet

Painting like Claude Monet Our students enjoyed listening to Linnea in Monet’s Garden and seeing the artist and his gardens from a child’s point of view. Then they had the opportunity to use watercolors and large pieces of paper to create a landscape picture.  The results were wonderful.  It can’t hurt that they got...
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Creating work like Henri Matisse

December 14, 2010
Creating work like Henri Matisse

Creating Like Henri Matisse I have a fondness for Impressionist painting.  I can’t say why, is it the fact the artist all expressed themselves in new and unique ways or the fact all the work (okay for the most part) is bright and lively.  I love the bright colors and that two people can...
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A Fun Way to Show Comprehension with Word Clouds

December 13, 2010
A Fun Way to Show Comprehension with Word Clouds

Word Clouds I have always liked looking at word clouds and how people group  words together into a pleasing-to-the-eye composition. So when I was trying to think of a way to sum up our study on France, word clouds came to mind.  I assignment the oldest students to create a word cloud using at...
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