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Ah Matey! Explorers of the New World!

December 20, 2015
Ah Matey! Explorers of the New World!

  Early Explorers While learning about the early explorers my students became world travelers!  We made a mast with an old drop cloth and 2 straight limbs cut for another project and attached the “mast” to our playground climber.  What fun!  My students took turns being the captain, first mate or navigator and everyone...
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Makey Makey Fun for Creative Learning

September 6, 2015
Makey Makey Fun for Creative Learning

Creative Learning I have the Makey Makey bug! I don’t know if there is a cure, I only hope my students enjoy it as much as I do. You ask, “What is Makey Makey?” Well – it is an open-ended platform that encourages experimentation, creative learning and collaboration. Using a banana as a piano...
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Self-Portraits in the Style of Eric Carle

August 20, 2014
Self-Portraits in the Style of Eric Carle

                    We did this project for Father’s Day – it was a lose interpretation that we are all pieces of our ancestors and I was very pleased how they turned out. I started by sharing the art of Eric Carle.  My students were aware of...
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Shadow Puppets!

November 13, 2013
Shadow Puppets!

Shadow Puppets Kids love a production – this time we put on a shadow puppet show!  The kids made up their scripts, designed their puppets – then it was time to rehearse. It was hard to capture in a still picture of it but the kids thoroughly enjoyed it! This could also be accomplished...
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Creating Their Own Stuffed Animal Friend

September 13, 2013
Creating Their Own Stuffed Animal Friend

Stuffed Animal This summer I had the pleasure of spending time with Hannah and Isabela, sisters and great kids.  They designed these stuffed animals on paper, picked out fabric and helped pin and cut out the pattern.  I helped them pin together the two pieces and sew them together.   With their inspiration, we added...
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Arbor Day!

April 22, 2013
Arbor Day!

Arbor Day What a natural – Earth Day and Arbor Day (no pun intended)!  This year the Arbor Day Foundation will plant trees in the national forests from donations for you.  Commemorate a child’s birth with a tree in one of America’s national forests! They also have on their website lots of ideas for...
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Things I Learned at Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning conference!

March 25, 2013
Things I Learned at Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning conference!

Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning- MACUL Friday I attended the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning conference and I was blown away by the amount of information available.  I already use computers and our i-pad in the classroom but it was wonderful to learn of other applications and uses to reinforce...
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Where in the World…?

February 28, 2013
Where in the World…?

Making Geography Fun Remember this game? Well, I do!  It is fun but for my students, although very bright, I think it would be hard at first since it covers the globe, so I had an idea! Why not make our own version? I’m going to wear a big safari-type hat and explain to...
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March is Reading Month – How to Make it Fun?

February 19, 2013
March is Reading Month – How to Make it Fun?

We are currently reading “Stuart Little”. My students have really enjoyed listening to this tale! It is so well done and clever! I was thinking about reading month, “What to do?” I could do the pizza slices (kids love food!).  They would get a  different color slice for each different genre that they read. ...
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Powwow Power!

January 12, 2013
Powwow Power!

  Native American Powwow Learning about different cultures is important for children to experience in order to be tolerant of the differences.  I just coordinated a school wide pow-wow where everyone, from preschool to middle school students explore the world of Native Americans. It was a huge success!  The local newspaper, Observer and Eccentric,...
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