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Rock “Critters”

June 27, 2012
Rock “Critters”

Using a Rock and Making it Something New The kids had fun making rock “critters”.  They picked out the rocks they wanted to use and we glued them together with Liquid Nails (easy to use).  Once the glue had set (about a day), then it’s time to paint them.  I loved the colors and...
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Our Butterfly Garden is Thriving!

June 26, 2012
Our Butterfly Garden is Thriving!

Butterfly Garden We’ve been working on our butterfly garden with the help of Nina Jaffray (she has done more than just help – she gets the right plants, she is an inspiration and encouragement for me and all of the kids to take on this project and she teaches all of us by sharing...
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We Made Scarecrows for the Garden

June 25, 2012
We Made Scarecrows for the Garden

Scarecrows! During our new Summer Daze program the kids made scarecrows for their garden.  The kids had fun with it and they got to cut the long grass too! Here’s what we did: We took a recycled piece of wood trim (a dowel rod would work as well). Cut some long pieces of grass...
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Leap Year Word Search

February 25, 2012

Y C P A E L M H R O U K M H S K R A H Q X K Q A W O T W A L F O A E K G O P D H T C L F G V G T U S S O W N...
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What would you do with an extra day on Leap Day?

February 24, 2012
What would you do with an extra day on Leap Day?

Leap Day The skies the limit – you have a whole day added to your year.  A whole extra day this year! What would you do with your extra day?  Great to think about. Download this fun journal paper. Who doesn’t love Kermit? Save Tweet
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Using Kermit to Explain Leap Year to Young Children

February 24, 2012
Using Kermit to Explain Leap Year to Young Children

Frogs are a natural to explain “leaping” forward a day to children. You can incorporate frog games, snacks or coloring sheets to make the day stand out. Playing leap frog with a group would be fun and you can extend it into a math activity.  Measure how far everyone can hop then it can...
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2012 is a Leap Year!

February 23, 2012
2012 is a Leap Year!

Why do we need a Leap Year? Leap Years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun. It takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days to circle once around the Sun. However, the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year, so if we didn’t add a...
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Becoming Leaf Detectives – Examine the Leaves Carefully!

October 3, 2011
Becoming Leaf Detectives – Examine the Leaves Carefully!

Leaves in Fall You’ll want to gather a variety of leaves for your children/students to examine.  Also have a magnifying glass available for those future detectives!  Look carefully at a each leaf and see how the veins run. What kind is it? Describe how it looks. Draw a picture of it. Look at another...
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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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Butterflies!

June 6, 2011
Butterflies!

Nina, a parent of one of my students, brought in 4 chrysalis’ for the class to watch and see emerge before we went to the butterfly festival at the University of Michigan Natural History Museum.  Unfortunately only 1 of them emerged and it was on the weekend!  But our trip to the Natural History...
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