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Archive for July, 2011

Women’s Suffrage – We’ve Come Along Way Baby!

July 22, 2011
Women’s Suffrage – We’ve Come Along Way Baby!

Women’s Suffrage I just listen to a book on tape called “The Lake of Dreams” by Kim Edwards and was delighted with the story and the fictionalized telling of the early women’s suffrage movement.  The story unfolds with finding some long hidden letters and an old woven blanket and stained glass windows.  I was...
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The Importance of Playing!

July 20, 2011
The Importance of Playing!

  Children learn so much through play.  They learn: cooperation problem solving language mathematics They develop: curiosity self-esteem strength and coordination self-direction values While piano lessons, soccer games and helping around the house are important, unstructured play is so beneficial for children.  Play enables children to become inquisitive learners and well-rounded individuals.  Through play...
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Fact Family Fun!

July 15, 2011
Fact Family Fun!

Fact Families Fact families are really not families of people full of facts but they are groups of numbers that when in addition or subtraction (also multiplication and division) equations work!   The great thing is when kids learn one fact they really know 4! For instance: 3 + 5 = 8 can also be...
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Oobleck Anyone?

July 9, 2011
Oobleck Anyone?

Looking for something fast and very fun?  I’ve never had a group of children (or adults) that don’t enjoy playing, touching and experimenting with this mixture.  It has many names; Oobleck, Slime, Glurch or Goop and is like Silly Putty. The name Oobleck comes from Dr. Seuss story “Bartholomew and the Oobleck”. Reading the...
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Totem Pole Animals

July 7, 2011
Totem Pole Animals

Totem Poles Whether it is done simply for the fun of it or to learn more about history of other cultures making a totem pole is easy and fun to do.  Your child can pick animals they feel give them strength, courage, wisdom or just their favorites to make for their totem pole. Or...
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Foods to Buy for a Healthier You

July 5, 2011
Foods to Buy for a Healthier You

Foods for a Healthier You I try to buy organic foods but sometimes I can’t find what I want that is organic and it can get expensive – fast.  I love being able to go to the local farmer’s market to get the freshest organic vegetables, but that isn’t always an option.  I know...
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Creating Imaginative Cities

July 1, 2011
Creating Imaginative Cities

Creating Cities One of our final projects for the year was Geo-Cities.  Our students made cities to show their understanding of geometric terms but in a way that even if they didn’t understand the terms beforehand,  they did afterward. Parallel, perpendicular and intersecting always confuse kids so this was a great opportunity to create...
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