A few weeks ago my 2nd grader was worried. You might even say she was heartbroken. The reason why is kind of funny as it turns out. You see it was February and it hadn't snowed yet. My little girl had been dreaming of playing in the snow, sledding, snowball fights, and snowmen. Considering that we are well and truly in the South, those are some big dreams and she was worried that winter would pass without any snow.
While things aren't perfect, equality and diversity acceptance in the United States have come so far in the past few decades. The civil rights movement set off a change that has opened opportunities to so many members of our society. Martin Luther King Jr. Day gives us an opportunity to remember the sacrifices so many people made and to teach our children to strive to create a more just world. Because I want to make sure my children are aware of the freedoms we are blessed with, I am planning to spend some time focused on civil rights and on MLK...
Advent is one of my favorite times of the year. The excitement leading up to Christmas is as much fun as Christmas morning. I'm not the only one who gets excited around this time of year. My kids do too! Kids' advent calendars help can build the excitement and help children manage the waiting too. Our family advent calendar has a daily activity for the family to do together each day. I made a set of activity cards which I am happy to share with anyone who would like to use them.
Basic math requires a lot of practice to master, especially when it comes to building fact fluency. Even kids who love repetition can get bored with the old "drill and kill" approach to practice. Practicing basic math facts is necessary, but we can make it fun by using games. These three free games are low prep and lots of fun.
Comparing and contrasting can be a tricky skill. It seems so simple, but it trips up a lot of kids. Using the right books is really important. It really helps if you can find two books that have both strong similarities and clear differences. Ones that really lead the kids in the direction you want them to go.