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.
It’s Friday! It’s been a great week. I wanted to share some of the things we’ve done recently. 1. By far the coolest thing we did this week was attend a Maker Faire. We got to really explore some fabulous STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) activities. We got to explore a wind tunnel, build geometric shapes with straws and pipe cleaners, screen print a t-shirt, use light reactive dye, build circuits, and even forge a copper bracelet.