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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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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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Bouquets of Flower Poems

June 25, 2011
Bouquets of Flower Poems

Flower Poems April is poetry month so everyone selected poems to read to the class.  There were some classics and then there were some that will became new classics!  We had lots of gross ones that made the students laugh.  It was a great way to introduce a variety of poetry to the class....
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Have Suitcase, Will Travel

June 23, 2011
Have Suitcase, Will Travel

Travel Around the Country If you want your students or your child to become excited about learning, put a twist on it.  Learning about the history of individual states can be a bit dry but putting all their research in a suitcase was simple yet they had fun with it! Making them was easy,...
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Icicles as Art!

January 23, 2011
Icicles as Art!

Materials: icicles squirt guns or recycled bottles (from empty ketchup or salad dressing) makes creating lines of color on the icicles and the bottles are easy to hold with mittens on food coloring – approximately 6 drops per gallon of water – or more! Steps: Carefully remove icicles from the edge of the house...
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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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Colonial American Craft – Sewing Mob Caps and Pouches

December 12, 2010
Colonial American Craft – Sewing Mob Caps and Pouches

Sewing  Mob Caps and Pouches Materials: piece of fabric approximately 24″ round thread and needle Steps: To make a single mob cap we cut out circles that were approximately 24″ around.  This would fit around the head of most young children but if you need more (lots of hair, big head…) adjust the size...
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Colonial America – Journal Prompts

December 6, 2010
Colonial America – Journal Prompts

Journal Prompts Children long ago wrote in their journals about what they did that day, just like children do now. Giving children topics to write about sometimes helps them experience or see life through someone else’s eyes especially when life in colonial times was so different then life for a child now. The following...
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Colonial America – the Virginia Reel

November 28, 2010
Colonial America – the Virginia Reel

Virginia Reel Children usually think of assemblies as when the whole school gathers together. But in Colonial times an assembly would be a gathering for dancing. My students enjoyed doing the Virginia Reel. I adapted the steps to make it less complicated and still have the feeling of the reel. Virginia Reel – My...
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Colonial America Craft – Sampler

October 31, 2010
Colonial America Craft – Sampler

Samplers Samplers were a way to show how well a child could sew. Learning to sew and embroider was necessary for making clothes, napkins and linens. Samplers usually had a short verse, the child’s name and date on it and were finished with a border using a variety of stitches. There are 2 versions...
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