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Colonial American Game – Scotchhopping

October 20, 2010
Colonial American Game – Scotchhopping

Scotchhopping (or what we call – “Hopscotch”). The court or course can be scratched out in the dirt, drawn with chalk on the sidewalk or on carpet (it vacuums up). The designs for the court varies but traditionally the course ends with a “safe” or “home” base” where the player can turn before completing...
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Colonial American Game – Nine Men Morris

October 19, 2010
Colonial American Game – Nine Men Morris

Colonial American Game – Nine Men Morris Materials: the “board” can be made on the sidewalk, in dirt or on cardboard 9 playing pieces for each person – stones, seeds, buttons… Steps to make the game: The game board can be drawn in the sand, with chalk on the pavement or on cardboard. The...
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Chapter 2

October 10, 2010
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Chapter 2

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Chapter 2 – The Vanishing Glass What a lively discussion this chapter created! I’m always thrilled with the word J.K. Rowling chose to use to tell the story and are delighted when my students discover the nuances of the words. Some of the discussions were: How the Dursley’s...
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We’re Going to France! Viva la France!

October 6, 2010
We’re Going to France!  Viva la France!

Studying France Yesterday we launched our study on France.  What fun!  Venee dressed up as Madeline (she looked sweet), Kristen agreed to be a tourist (she is such a good sport) and I was the goofy painter with a mustache. We talked about what they all knew about France and what they wanted to...
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Swirling Numbers – Fact Family Game

September 28, 2010
Swirling Numbers – Fact Family Game

Fact Family Game – Swirling Numbers For years my friend and mentor, Rita, have commiserated on how hard Fact Families are for some students.  Some get the concept readily and it’s like revelations!  Others struggle with it – not able to grasp the big picture.  So over the years I have come up with...
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Snow Art Sculpture

February 19, 2010
Ice tower.

Snow Art Sculptures Just like white walls scream for color, so does the expanse of white that lays before your child after a snowfall. Here’s a simple way for them to bring a little color into the world by having fun in the snow making snow sculptures. Materials: assorted containers (spray  non-stick cooking oil...
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ABC Tracing Activities

November 29, 2009
ABC Tracing Activities

Give your child an opportunity to trace letters in a variety of mediums. Not only will it help to imbed the motion in their brain, it will be fun! Here are some ideas that you can use: Similar to many of the activities you can find for practicing spelling words, your child can practicing...
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How to Make a Paper Mâché Dinosaur

June 19, 2009
How to Make a Paper Mâché Dinosaur

 Paper mâché cheetah   When my son was young, he always liked making paper mâché versions of the animals he was interested in or studying. We still have the models. It is a way to engage your child in their learning and making the animal models are easy to do once you understand the...
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Conventional Writing

April 27, 2009
Conventional Writing

    Sometimes it’s easy to tell that a child is ready to learn to write because they can easily pick up Cheerios using their thumb and index fingers or they can build with things like Lego’s with ease. Or they might walk around with a note pad and pencil jotting down “notes” like...
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Using Play Dough to Practice Spelling Words

January 29, 2009
Using Play Dough to Practice Spelling Words

This is an easy way for your child to practice spelling words and it is also great for fine motor development. You’ll Need: a copy of the words to learn a sheet protector play dough (recipe follows) One way to practice is by placing one spelling word (written on 81/2 x 11 paper) inside...
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